Japanese Films at the BFI London Film Festival 2014

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The BFI London Film Festival launches next month and lasts from October 08th to October 19th. It takes place over 12 days in 17 venues and there are 248 films getting screened.

All but one of the films have been released in Japan, played at different festivals around the world and have UK distribution deals in place. Of the films playing, The World of Kanako is the one I’m gunning to see and own on DVD while I’m very intrigued by The Furthest End Awaits, an interesting choice for the festival since it has zero buzz around it in terms of cast/staff and awards and hasn’t been released in Japan yet.

Enough of the preamble, here are the films:

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Japanese Films at the Toronto International Film Festival 2014

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The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival launches in just over two weeks and lasts from September 04th to September 14th. As is usually the case, the line-up of films is impressive. I don’t know how Toronto does it but every year they get a selection of great Japanese films. This year there are four films I desperately want to see from three directors I love. Well, three – Sion Sono, Shinya Tsukamoto, and Takashi Miike. All of them have been or are released this year and all from the top end of Japanese commercial cinema. Here are the films:

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Eight Rangers 2, Time Trip App / Bakumatsu Kokosei, Still the Water, Koppamijin, Broken Pieces, NMB48 Geinin! THE MOVIE Returns, Hoete mo Todokanai, Living with Feral Cats and Other Japanese Film Trailers

One of my newly discovered favourite songs found in a week filled totally with anime and no films.

Godzilla Sandra Brody (Binoche)This trailer post was quick to write considering that there are only ten Japanese films (and Hollywood’s Godzilla reboot which I reviewed earlier this week) released this weekend. The quality is high for all of the releases with many interesting stories and some good looking cinematography (so no complaints!). I managed to get my hands on Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s latest film and I also ordered a few films/books/manga from Japan like The Snow White Murder Case. I also ordered some stuff connected to Tokyo Ghoul which remains my favourite anime this season although Zankyou no Terror and Space Dandy are equally as good.

It has been a very hot and sunny week as the UK is experiencing its best summer in recent memory. I have spent more time outside with my cat drinking milkshakes and watching Hataraku Maou-Sama.  When not doing that, I have posted about the Godzilla film and the latest release from Third Window Films, Behind the Camera (2013). There’s a review for that due on Monday. Staying on the subject of reviews, I finished one for the first two episodes of Zankyou no Terror for AUKN and it reads better than my First Impression (but with far fewer images).

What’s released in Japan this weekend?

Eight Rangers 2   Eight Ranger 2 Film Poster

Japanese: エイトレンジャー2

Romaji: Eitorenjā 2

Release Date: July 26th, 2014 (Japan)

Running Time: 103 mins.

Director: Yukihiko Tsutsumi

Writer: Yuya Takahashi (Screenplay)

Starring: Yu Yokoyama, Shota Yasuda, Subaru Shibutani, Shingo Murakami, Ryuhei Maruyama, Ryo Nishikido, Tadayoshi Okura, Atsuko Maeda,

This is the sequel to last year’s super sentai parody and directed once again by Yukihiko Tsutsumi. Five years after saving Eight City from crime, the Eight Rangers are on the slide, living dissolute lives and it isn’t until a journalist named Jun Saigo (Maeda) discovers evidence about the mysterious disappearances of 100 citizens a year that the gang start to get their acts together.

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Japanese Films at Cannes Film Festival 2014: Still the Water Trailer and Details

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The films playing at the Cannes Film Festival were announced earlier today and as expected Naomi Kawase’s latest feature is in Competition. She is competing against a field full of very strong directors like Ken Loach and Mike Leigh, David Cronenberg and Jean-Luc Godard. Kawase’s film looks the most intriguing to me, although Mike Leigh’s film about JMW Turner has me interested as well. Here are the details on Kawase’s film (alas, no trailer. I guess we’ll have to wait):

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