BFI Event: Ring Screening and Talk

For anybody living in London and into Japanese films here’s something you may be interested in. When I was at the BFI London Film Festival I was subject to trailers for their Gothic season which has already started and one of the films screening for the Gothic season is Ringu in December at the BFI Southbank Centre. I forgot about it (I picked up a brochure) until a friend sent me the details. Seeing this on the big screen would be spine-chilling and perfect for December where the dark nights draw in quickly, cold weather pushes against the windows and scary movies get played. Even if you have seen it more than twice the shock moments should still retain their effectiveness. Plus the talk would be fascinating because the film is a very intelligent horror film in the way it mixes traditional yurei imagery with modern (for the time) technology.

I love this film and I love the novel it is based on I studied gothic fiction at university so I wish I could see it! Sometimes I hate not living in London so much I want to punch someone.

Nishijima Punch

All of those awesome Asian films screened at cultural centres and embassies and film festivals. If only I worked in a gallery in London and I could finish work and head on over to a cinema… Sorry! Rambling… Back to the events:

The talk takes place on December 03rd at 6:20 PM. The film then screens on December 07th at 8:30 PM.

Thanks go out to Tired Paul for alerting me! Here’s the info on the talk followed by info for the film:

The latest in our series exploring film through a philosophical lens stages a theoretical intervention into our Gothic season, exploring the idea of media technologies as potentially horrific in their very nature, haunted by (sometimes monstrous) ghosts of the living. Through analysis of the 1998 Japanese horror film Ring, John Mullarkey (author of Philosophy and the Moving Image: Refractions of Reality) considers cinema’s capacity to establish macabre ties between the living and the inert, in a manner prompting both wonder and horror. He finds that in Ring, it is the ghostly image on a videotape that is itself monstrous, horrifically animated by media technology, with deadly effects on its spectators. After the screening and his talk, Mullarkey will be joined for a discussion by film scholar Lucy Bolton.

Tickets £11, concs £8.50 (Members pay £1.50 less)

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Rent a Cat, Sadako 3D, Potechi, Step Up Love Story: Triple Love and Love Forever Trailers

Today is a big day in Japan. Sadako 3D is released and you can bet that it’s going to dominate the Japanese charts for the next few weeks which is only to be expected but I hope that other films get a look in. By other films I mean Rent a Cat. Totally at the other end of the movie spectrum, ever since this indie film debuted at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year it has interested me. 

But first, what’s with the Japanese charts?

  1. Thermae Romae
  2.  Space Brothers
  3.  Detective Conan: The Mystery of the Eleventh Striker
  4.  Kamen Rider X Super Sentai Super Hero Taisen
  5.  We Were Here: Part 2

Last week’s newest release, Space Brothers, managed to get in at number two but was held off the top spot by Thermae Romae, another manga adaptation which is spending the second week at number one. Chronicle of my Mother dropped down two places to number 7 with SPEC: The Movie at 8 while Home remains at number ten. There’s only one American film in the top ten but since it stars Tadanobu Asano it’s not totally unreasonable.

Rent a Cat

Japanese Title: Rent a NekoRent a Neko

Release Date: 12th May 2012 (Japan)

Running Time: 110 mins.

Director: Naoko Ogigami

Writer: Naoko Ogigami

Starring: Mikako Ichikawa, Reiko Kusamura, Ken Mitsuishi, Maho Yamada, Kei Tanaka

I first saw this title when I wrote my post rounding-up the Japanese films at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival where it garnered glowing reviews. Now that its Japanese release is here more critics have heaped praise on the film. I hope that someone in the UK picks it up for distribution. It stars Mikako Ichikawa (Memories of Matsuko) and Ken Mitsuishi (Himizu).

Sayoko (Ichikawa) walks along a river daily with a cart full of cats. Why? Well she rents cats to lonely people. Unfortunately Sayoko is lonely herself and finds it easier to deal with cats than people but things get interesting when a face (Tanaka) from her past turns up.

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Sadako 3D Trailer

Sadako 3D

Release Date: 12th May 2012 (Japan)Sadako 3D Poster

Running Time: N/A

Director: Tsutomu Hanabusa

Writer: Koji Suzuki, Tsutomu  Hanabusa

Starring: Satomi Ishihara, Koji Seto, Tsutomu Takahashi, Shota Sometani, Yusuke Yamamoto, Hikari Takara, Ryosei Tayama

My last post in April 2012! This film is based on Koji Suzuki’s upcoming horror novel named ‘S’. Although I quite like the idea of Sadako reaching out for me in 3D seeing the trailer left me sceptical about ths being scary. The plot seems to regurgitate some elements from Kiyoshi Kuosawa’s J-horror classic Pulse and none of the titles in the director’s history leaves me convinced he can make anything substantial in horror terms but then the original novels weren’t straight horror either. The actors are mostly teen friendly but there is Shota Sometani (Himizu) in this. This might be better than I expect it to be.

High school teacher Akane Aikawa (Ishihara) has heard rumours of a video making the rounds on the internet. The video shows someone committing suicide. It is said to be cursed and viewers soon die after watching it. Then one of Akane’s students, Noriko, kills herself in mysterious circumstances. Hers isn’t the only death and although the police call the deaths as suicide Aikawa recognises that the reason people are killing themselves is because of that cursed video. Meanwhile Detective Koiso (Tayama) is on the hunt for Seiji (Yamamoto), a man who seems to be involved. He’s involved alright and he’s got an evil plan to bring someone out of retirement.

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