Japanese Films at the Rotterdam International Film Festival 2015

The 2015 Rotterdam International Film Festival launches in just over a week and it will take place from January 21st to February 01st. Rotterdam has always been good for Japanese filmmakers with many like Sion Sono, Takashi Miike and Kiyoshi Kurosawa getting their films screened and receiving support. This year’s line-up of titles has some of their latest projects programmed as major films come to the end of a long festival run including Toronto which is where I got some of the trailers from. Of note is the appearance of Lisa Takeba who was at last year’s festival with The Pinkie. Her projects strike me as interesting and it seems that the programmers at Rotterdam agree because she is back with the world premiere of her latest, Haruko’s Paranormal Laboratory!

The line-up features a real variety in topic and tone making this Rotterdam a good one for fans of Japanese films. There are a lot that have toured other festivals but more which have not been widely seen so it’s worth looking at all of them to see if there are any that catch your eye!

Here’s the line-up of films:

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Little Forest: Summer & Autumn, Lupin the Third, Tokyo Tribe, Magic Knight, Mizu no Koe wo Kiku and Other Japanese Film Trailers

Long rambly intro so feel free to skip. If you’re going to read it, here’s some music to listen to:

Well this week was a bit of a holding pattern for me since I’m waiting for the full programme of films to be revealed for this year’s Raindance Independent Film Festival. Unlike last year, when I watched nearly every title, this year I’m going to focus on a few.

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