Yan, Yan, We Are at the End of the Droste, Monster Seafood Wars, Local Peace! Illusion Driving, River Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend, everyone!

I hope you are all doing well.

The state of emergency over the Covid-19 pandemic has ended and cinemas have reopened across Japan and I imagine what we see in the video of this tweet sums up the new reality for going to the movies – empty seats between patrons and internet Q&As.

I know I’ll be going to the cinema to watch Christopher Nolan’s latest, Tenet. This tweet comes from the Twitter account of Tagore Songs which I wrote about on Monday’s trailer post because it was in cinemas. It’s a wonderful documentary.

For the rest of the week, I posted a review of Inabe (2013) which is being screened as part of the We Are One Global Film Festival (and is still online). I then started posting about Nippon Connection 2020 with a Highlights post, a look at the mainstream and classic movies, the indie movies and anime and I’ll continue posting about Nippon Connection with an anime post and some reviews.

I finished watching Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind, almost two years after starting it. I came to love the characters in the second half of the show and got a bit emotional at the end. I also watched Inception, Yalta Conference Online, Ice Cream and the Sound of Raindrops and Tremble All You Want.

This is the second trailer post of the week as the industry tries to get back on its feet and films on the big screen.

What is released this weekend?

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Fly!, River, Welcome Home, Hayabusa Trailers

This week has been very interesting. After Nadia’s passionate response to seeing footage from the latest Berserk film I started watching the original anime and I must say that I’m gripped by it. Great seinen anime at a time flooded with moe and ecchi. I’ve even started listening to the opening theme whenever I write. Meanwhile I’ve watched two Akira Kurosawa films this week – Sanshiro Sugata parts 1 and 2. Whatever negative comments I made about Kurosawa’s 1940’s films I take back. I highly enjoyed these!

In other movie news I took part in the 2012 Korean Cinema Blogathon! My entry was the classic 1998 film The Quiet Family, the debut film by Kim Je-woon (A Tale of Two Sisters, A Bittersweet Life) which stars Song Kang-ho (The Host), Choi Min-sik (Old Boy). These should be familiar names to anybody with even a vague interest in Asian film and I highly recommend you check out their back-catalogues starting with The Quiet Family.

Anyway… The Japanese charts and this week’s releases!

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