It Feels So Good 火口のふたり (2019) Dir: Haruhiko Arai

It Feels So Good  Kakou no Futari Film Poster

火口のふたりKakou no Futari

Release Date: August 23rd, 2019

Duration: 115 mins.

Director: Haruhiko Arai

Writer: Haruhiko Arai (Script), Kazufumi Shiraishi (Novel),

Starring: Tasuku Emoto, Kumi Takiuchi,

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The story is simple. Two 30-something friends meet in Akita on the eve of one’s wedding and they rekindle the flames of passion they shared for each other when they were younger. An agreed one night stand becomes five nights of sex and, in the moments between intercourse, they confess their less than stellar present lives and rake over their history to find some way to face an uncertain future.

It Feels So Good is the third film from veteran writer Haruhiko Arai. His last one was a rather staid drama called This Country’s Sky (2015) but he got his start writing Roman Porno titles like Woman with Red Hair (1979). He worked with Ryuichi Hiroki and adapted books for films in Vibrator (2003) and It’s Only Talk (2005). He adapts another book, this one by Kazufumi Shiraishi, but, like his work with Hiroki, he brings about another film full of complex adults having adult relationships.  

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Greatful Dead グレイトフル デッド (2013)

Greatful Dead       

Greatful Dead Film Poster
Greatful Dead Film Poster

Japanese Title:  グレイトフル デッド

Romaji: Gureitofuru Deddo

Release Date: November 01st, 2014 (Japan)

UK Release Date: January 26th, 2014

Distributor: Third Window Films

Running Time: 98 mins.

Director: Eiji Uchida

Writer: Eiji Uchida, Etsuo Hiratani (Screenplay),

Starring: Kumi Takiuchi, Takashi Sasano, Kim Kkobbi, Aira, Itsuji Itao, Taro Yabe, Wakana Sakai, Hoka Kinoshita,

Director and writer Eiji Uchida is one to watch. With this film has created a title that defies expectations. Through his careful control of the film’s tone and its story full of death, religion, and sexuality gone awry, Greatful Dead is a real surprise that will keep audiences guessing which way it will go as we follow the central protagonist on her dark and twisted path fuelled by a personality warped by neglect. Comparisons will be made with Sion Sono’s films Love Exposure (2008) and Noriko’s Dinner Table (2005) because of the themes and social commentary on individualism and the breakdown of family dynamics and the way these elements are brought together in a story about how loneliness drives people crazy and those comparison will be richly deserved.

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Third Window Films Release Greatful Dead

Third Window Films are starting this year with something deliciously dark Greatful Dead, a film that was at the 2013 Raindance Film Festival where I didn’t get to see it but overheard numerous audience members raving (and I mean, they were getting hyper about the film and going into detail) about how good it is. I have a copy I’m writing a review for so you can find out what I think next Monday when its release on January 26th!

Here are the release details and a trailer:

Greatful Dead Poster

GREATFUL DEAD

A film by Eiji Uchida (Dead Banging, The Last Days of the World)

Japan / 2013 / 97 Mins / In Japanese with English subtitles / Colour
Starring: Kumi Takiuchi (The Ravine of Goodbye) 
Takashi Sasano (Departures, Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, Instant Swamp)
Kim Kkobbi (Breathless, Pluto)

On DVD & BLU-RAY January 26th

DVD/BLU-RAY Special Features:
Interview with director Eiji Uchida

 

 

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