Japanese Films at the 2015 Vancouver International Film Festival

Vancouver International Film FestivalThe Vancouver International Film Festival takes place at the end of September and throughout a lot of October and it caps a series of international festivals jam-packed with Japanese content. It has a great selection of shorts and features with many different types of titles on offer for festival-goers – a strong programme of dramas are a highlight thanks to the festival’s traditional Dragons & Tigers section which is programmed as ever by Asian cinema specialist Tony Rayns.

The highlights are many and I think that this is my favourite looking line-up of films out of all but Japanese cinema specialist festivals like Nippon Connection, Japan Cuts, Camera Japan and Rotterdam. To the programmers at Vancouver, well done. You’ve made a great selection of films. To the reader, I hope you find something you enjoy!

Here’s the line-up!

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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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Love Live! The School Idol Movie, Yowamushi Pedal Re: ROAD, Sakana-kun Kenkyuujo Sakana no Sekai he Rettsugyo-! Tobu! Tatakau! Odoru! Hen, Our Little Sister, Umimachi Diary, Lyre no Inori, Rolling, and Other Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend!

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I have been busy writing away this week for a season of film and manga reviews I will announce on Monday. I spent a couple of hours during the first part of this month updating old reviews with information and posters and whilst doing that I got a bit nostalgiac for a period four years ago (for various reasons) and decided I wanted to watch lots of films and write about them once again for fun so I hit my DVD/film backlog and purchased some new ones. I only watched one film this week and that was the Dutch horror film The Elevator (1983). Only one post this week and that was for Japan Cuts 2015.

What’s released in Japan this weekend?

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