Sore Dake That’s It, Sweet Red Bean Paste, Smiles in the Mirror, Shinjuku Swan, The Cockpit, Good Stripes, Dalai Lama XIV, Wedded Pair Diary, A Sower of Seeds 2, Shinrei Shashin-bu Gekijouban and other Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend!

I started this week with the rather disappointing horror movie It Follows (2014). It was disappointing because it was overhyped and it didn’t live up to expectations despite some chilling moments (watch adaptations of M.R. James ghost stories for scary supernatural chase narratives). I watched a few Japanese films this week – the awful White Panic (2005) and Gusha no Bindu Me (Hellevator: The Bottled Fools) (2004), and I watched the awesome As the Gods Will (2014) directed by Takashi Miike and the super Spirited Away (2001). Like most of the internet I watched Kung Fury as well.

The Light Shines Only There Chinatsu (Ikewaki) and Sato (Ayano) on the Beach

I reviewed The Light Shines Only There (2014) and that’s it.

What was released this week?

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Japanese Films at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival

Genki Japanese Films at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival

Cannes is THE film festival that everyone (even people with no interest in films) knows because of all the gossip about movie stars and the fashion stuff that newspapers report on instead of serious film business like who licenses what for distribution. For people more interested in films, we get to speculate about which directors and what films will be programmed by the selection committee. Well speculate no more! The announcements have been made… and I only care about the Japanese films that have been selected. Let’s go!

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