Offbeat Cops, Akira and Akira, Green Bullet, Gekido, Sky of Non-Self, Hito, Welcome to the Occult Forest: The Movie, Distant Thunder, Naretara, Japanese Film Trailer

Happy Weekend!

The Workhorse and Big Mouth Shota Yasuda

I hope you are well!

This is the first of a two-part trailer post so come back tomorrow for more. This first instalment has a nice variety of feature films while tomorrow’s has more shorts.

What are the first bunch of films released this weekend?

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Plan 75, The Pass: Last Days of the Samurai, BL Metamorphosis, Koi wa Hikari, Youkai Sharehouse: The Movie, Kimitachi wa Mada Nagai Tonneru no Naka, Make the Devil Laugh, Japanese Film Trailers

Happy Weekend!

I hope you are well.

This is the first of a two-part trailer post because lots of films were released this weekend plus two My Hero Academia specials (which I won’t write about).

Here are the first batch of films:

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Stream Contemporary Japanese Film with the Chicago Japan Film Collective (May 21st to 30th 2022)

Chicago Japan Film Collective is a Japanese film festival in America’s Midwest which was created with the express aim of introducing work created by women, the LGBTQ community and indie filmmakers to local audiences. This year’s run will last from May 21 to the 30, they will stream/screen 14 films that centre on the theme of love.

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The films are a mixture of dramas and documentaries, many of them highly acclaimed by critics and audiences alike. The majority are streamable but there are three films that are going to be screened in cinemas. You can read some of my reviews and interviews with two of the directors via links below. There are also a lot of newer films and they look exciting!

What has been selected for the festival?

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Third Window Films Releases “Zokki” on Blu-ray on April 25, 2022

Third Window Films will release anthology comedy “Zokki” on April 25th.

This film is based on a manga by Hiroyuki Ohashi, the creator of On-Gaku, the hit animated film. The manga contains many stories with humorous and pointed observations on life and these were brought to the screen by three top actors working as directors on each of the segments: Naoto Takenaka, Takayuki Yamada, Takumi Saitoh. Perhaps, due to to their star power, they have assembled a brilliant cast.

Don’t go in expecting too many laugh-out-loud moments, it’s a quiet dry comedy and very poignant in parts. It also has one VERY scary sequence that leans into the tragic then the comic. It’s very much worth watching it.

Details on the Blu-ray release follow below:

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Third Window Films Brings “Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle” to UK Cinemas from April 15th, 2022 and blu-ray on May 16, 2022

Third Window Films are set to release Arthur Harari’s award-winning war movie Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle in UK cinemas on April 15th.

This French-Japanese co-production is based on a true story of a group of Japanese soldiers led by Hiroo Onoda who terrorised the Philippines It opened the Un Certain Regard section of last year’s Cannes Film Festival and went on to win prestigious accolades like Best Original Screenplay at the 47th Cesar Awards and Best French Film at the 74th French Association of Film Critics.

This title looks really exciting, a proper war film that looks at combat from the unique point of view of that troubled and troubling figure and it is done via a French filmmaker who cites Golden Age directors like Kurosawa and Mizoguchi as influences. You can listen to the director talk about his film on the Third Window Films podcast.

Details on cinema screenings and the blu-ray release follow below:

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Orbital Children Kouhen “Hajimari no Monogatari”, Usogui, Just Remembering, Kitakaze Outsider Japanese Film Trailers

Happy Weekend

I hope you are well.

This is the first in a two-part trailer post, so tune in for more tomorrow.

Reminder: We’ve entered the final few days to watch free films that are part of the Japan Fringe strand at Cinematheque Francaise’s streaming site.

What are this week’s first films?

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Japanese Films at the Berlin International Film Festival 2022

The 72nd Berlin International Film Festival will be taking place from February 10 to 20 and it will be an in-person event and advance ticket sales start today. Of course, there are stringent safety protocols to prevent Covid-19 infections but there will be guests at screenings.

What are the Japanese films programmed so far?

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A Preview of Nippon Connection 2021: Animation

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Nippon Animation

Nippon Connection (June 01st – 06th) is running online for its 2021 edition. This year’s selection of animated films is small but contains some good titles. It’s difficult to programme an online festival because some film distributors/reps require theatrical distribution so a big hit like the Demon Slayer movie is unlikely. It has also been a slow year for mainstream Japanese animation compared to the 2016-2019 period. Check out the films released every weekend and you fill only find a handful of original titles that stand out amidst re-cuts and continuations of TV anime and re-releases of modern classics. It’s a small pool to choose from.

On the other hand, universities are producing highly talented animators and, as always, Nippon Connection have this covered. I’ve seen quite a few as part of my work on an animation festival so I can recommend these programmes. All are region-locked.

This post summarises all of the anime and animation that will be available to view. It’s the follow-up and last of the Nippon Connection highlight posts, following a look at Nippon Visions, Nippon Cinema, and Nippon Docs.

To find out more about the films, click on the titles.

Here are the films:

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10 and 16 Years. Far Away., Ararat, 10-nen, Shibuya wo Samayotte A Decade of Roaming, Dreams on Fire, Fate/Grand Order: Shinsei Entaku Ryouiki Camelot 2 – Paladin; Agateram Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend, again!

The Real Thing Tsuji (Win Morisaki) and Ukiyo (Kaho Tsuchimura) 2

I hope you are feeling fine.

This is part two of the trailer post. I split them up when there are ten or more films released on a weekend because I think it makes the post easier to read. Here’s the first post.

What else is on release this weekend?

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