Mother, I Never Shot Anyone, Birdsong, Dance! Dance! Dance!, Kuso mitaina Eiga, Stop the Bitch Campaign Reboot, Iyashino kokoromi: jibun o sukininaru hōhō, Noboru Kotera-san, Mochi Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend, everyone.

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Another weekend down!

I am busy, busy, busy. I posted more of my OAFF 2020 coverage, a review for Videophobia and an interview with its director Daisuke Miyazaki and a review for Reiko and the Dolphins and an interview with its director Shinji Imaoka. Next week will feature two final reviews and an interview.

In terms of films I watched, Dead Space and Family Romance LLC. I’m playing a bit more Vagrant Story.

What is released this weekend in Japan?

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Mother, Zero, Fatal Frame, Danger Dolls, Fuja, Hunger Z, Akira No.2, Phantom Limb, Mono oki no Piano (Piano Barn), Girls High-school and Other Japanese Film Trailers

Amagi Brilliant Park Key Image 2The Raindance Film Festival has launched and I’ll be heading there next week – commitments at work mean that I cannot take a holiday sooner (not that I’m complaining because I’m thankful that I have a job!) and I’ll miss out on some of the Japanese films that are screening between now and when I get to London. I’ll be able to see the titles I miss when I get my signed copy of the New Directors From Japan DVD! Enough bragging.

I didn’t watch any films this week – I’m still trying to review about a dozen or more… I have watched lots of anime. Zankyou no Terror, Space Dandy, Barakamon, Shirogane no Ishi Argovellon. Great stuff. The only thing I posted about this week is the anime I’ll be watching in the autumn season.

What is released in Japan this weekend?

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Terracotta Film Club at the Prince Charles Cinema Screen Mother

I was perusing Twitter yesterday when I found out some great news for Korean film fans (and fans of great cinema in general) in London: the Terracotta Film Club will screen Bong Joon-ho’s film “Mother” on March 26th. Here’s the PR:

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With Mother’s Day approaching on 30 March, we thought what better time to screen Bong Joon-ho’s 2009 Hitchcockian murder mystery, MOTHER.

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Running Time: 128 mins.

Release Date: May 28th, 2009

Director: Bong Joon-Ho

Writer: Bong Joon-Ho, Park Eun-Kyo (Screenplay),

Starring: Kim Hye-Ja, Won Bin, Jin Goo, Yoon Je-moon, Jeon Mi-Sun, Chun Woo-Hee

Bong  Joon-Ho is about to make a return to the screen with his latest title Snowpiercer (2012) ¹ which is great because he is a highly talented director.

I first got to know him when BBC Four screened Memories of Murder (2003), a stunning and troubling (although still blackly comic at points) film about a bungled police investigation into a series of gruesome rapes and murders. The film also had something to say on the changing politics of a Korea shaking off authoritarian governments.

I next saw his impressive monster movie The Host (2006). The film was an unconventional movie for its genre in the sense that its focus was less about monsters and more politicised in that rather Korean way since it was about a family with its protagonists facing unsympathetic authorities and American interference as well as the beast.

Mother followed three years later earning rave reviews and even attaining the cover on Sight & Sound in the UK. Bong Joon-Ho twists a genre again to create a satisfyingly complex film.

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