Japanese Films at the 2015 Raindance Film Festival

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The Raindance Film Festival has announced the feature films that will be screened and it contains a lot.

I like to think I do a decent job shining a light on a lot of the Japanese films released every year, compiling information on the actors and filmmakers and trying to translate plot synopses and link to IMDB pages and websites. This is a bit of a hobby but it also helps when I write about film festivals because I have all the information on hand, the only difficulty I face is in how I present it. With specialist festivals like Japan Cuts and Nippon Connection I highlight films but with UK festivals where the programme isn’t as loaded I can show everything and so with Raindance 2015 I can preview all of these titles for you.

Asleep, Rolling, Fires on the Plain, That’s It, Slum-opolis, Out of My Hand, The Birth of Sake.

It’s a respectable list and that doesn’t include the short films. My own highlights (as in, the ones I hope to watch) are Rolling, Fires on the Plain, and Asleep. They come from great filmmakers like Shinya Tsukamoto and have great actors like Sakura Ando, and they have stories that grab my imagination like in the case of Rolling. Here are the trailers and information on the films:

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Nowhere Girl, Tokyo Stateless Girl, Wait for Me at Udagawachou, Fires on the Plain, Obon Brothers, Brain Fluid Explosion Girl, Gekijou jouei Nihon Anime (-Ta-) Mihonichi, Eiken Boogie Return Match of Tears, The Hybrid Nue no ko, Control of Violence Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend, people!

Prison School Chiyo 2

I started watching films again after a short break and it’s all for my Summer of Splatter. On top of writing reviews for my own blog I have been writing stuff for Gigan magazine so, if you’re interested, check out what I wrote about the World of Kanako (2014) ahead of its US release (my review is here).

I also started writing up more manga reviews for a possible season that is shaping up for a September/October launch.

On Wednesday Anime News Network reported that Nokuto Noike’s manga 6000: The Deep Sea of Madness would be getting turned into a live-action film by All Nippon Entertainment Works (ANEW), a joint venture between people in the Japanese anime industry and Hollywood. The names attached to include the producer Mike Medavoy (Shutter Island, Black Swan). Apparently ANEW are also trying to remake the trashy J-horror Ghost Train.

This week I posted my first impressions of Prison School and Charlotte.

What’s released in Japan this weekend?

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