Touching the Skin of Eeriness 不気味なものの肌に触れる (2014) Dir: Ryusuke Hamaguchi

Touching the Skin of Eeriness  Touching the Skin of Eeriness Film Poster

不気味なものの肌に触れる  「Bukimina mono no Hada ni Fureru」 

Release Date: March 01st, 2014

Running Time: 54 mins.

Director: Ryusuke Hamaguchi

Writer: Tomoyuki Takahashi (Screenplay)

Starring: Shota Sometani, Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Natsumi Seto, Jun Murakami, Ayumi Mizukoshi, Hoshi Ishida, Aoba Kawai,

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It’s all “show, don’t tell” in Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Touching the Skin of Eeriness, a medium-length film that uses body language and interpretive dance rather than words to speak.

Made before Happy Hour (2015), his big international breakout, Touching the Skin of Eeriness was a project that Hamaguchi originally envisioned as a pilot film designed to get funding for a larger project named FLOOD. Featuring Shota Sometani (Himizu) in a lead role just as he became a big star in Japan with mainstream movies Parasyte, Wood Job!, and Bakuman, it was a departure for the actor who shines in one of Hamaguchi’s most opaque films where the focus is on the intimate physical movements of the actors and the background atmosphere to relay information.

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Japanese Films at the 2014 Raindance Film Festival

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The Raindance Film Festival announced its line-up yesterday and it is filled with a lot of Japanese indie film gems released at the tail end of last year and throughout 2014. There 100 features and over 150 shorts and the Japanese selection makes a large part of this. Raindance remains the best place to see a lot of indie films with the likes of Yosuke Fujita and Mipo Oh getting their latest films screened and there are a lot of shorts from New Directions in Japanese Cinema, a collective of filmmakers who have been making films for a spell now and are a good indicator of what the indie scene looks like. Here’s the trailer for the festival:

The festival takes place from September 24th to October 05th, at the Vue Cinema at Piccadilly Circus and features a lot of titles from around the world.

I enjoyed a lot of the titles I saw last year and I’m going again because the quality of the films looks great. The programme has a number of movies and shorts that have caught my eye while writing trailer posts and, furthermore, the directors/cast/staff will be coming to the UK from Japan and so I think it best to show them some support and also hear the inside story on how their films were made, something which is always a thrill.

Third Window Films will be promoting their four of their latest films at the Raindance Film Festival, with all four titles having directors over to introduce their films and have Q&A sessions and interviews. Fuku-chan of Fukufuku Flats by Yosuke Fujita, The Lust of Angels by Nagisa Isogai, And the Mud Ship Sails Away by Hirobumi Watanabe and Buy Bling, Get One Free by Kosuke Takaya will all play.

Here are the people who are making the effort to travel across the globe to meet us:

Yosuke Fujita, director of “Fukuchan of fukufuku Flats”

Hirobumi Watanabe and his brother/producer Yuji Watanabe, and cameraman Bang Woohyun, all of whom worked on “And the Mud Ships Sails Away”

Nagisa Isogai, director  of “Lust of Angels”

Hoshi Ishida, actor in “Touching the Skin of Eeriness” (which plays back to back with “Lust of Angels”)

Kosuke Takaya, director of “Buy Bling Get One Free”

Ian Thomas Ash, director of “-1287”

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Touching the Skin of Eeriness, Love’s Whirlpool, Neko Samurai, Sukima Onna Gekijouban, Typhoon Family Japanese Film Trailers

Why Don't You Play in Hell Gangsters on SetThe epic clearing out of about 20 years of my life continued this week as I recycled lots of CDs and VHS tapes, a computer with the Windows 98 OS and a lot of Edge magazines. I also got covered in a heck load of dust. Work has been hectic what with school holidays but I had a few days off (HA!). On Thursday I went to see The Book Thief at the cinema. The film was pretty good.

As far as Japanese things go I read the manga for Helter Skelter, watched the first two episodes of the funny Watashi no Kiraina Tantei dorama and I am now convinced that Hoozuki no Reitetsu and Space Dandy are the best shows this winter season as I watched episode 8 for both.

I published some trailers yesterday and the reviews for The Great Passage and Why Don’t You Play in Hell, two Japanese films I recommend to everyone. Now… on to the trailers! There are some really interesting ones today!

Touching the Skin of Eeriness  Touching the Skin of Eeriness Film Poster

Japanese Title: 不気味なものの肌に触れる

Romaji: Bukimina mono no Hada ni Fureru

Release Date: March 01st, 2014

Running Time: 54 mins.

Director: Ryusuke Hamaguchi

Writer: N/A

Starring: Shota Sometani, Natsumi Seto, Jun Murakami, Ayumi Mizukoshi, Hoshi Ishida, Aoba Kawai, Kiyohiko Shibukawa,

There are some really awesome, awesome actors here but this trailer is hard to figure out. It looks a little shounen ai, a little horror and a lot of interperaive dancing and that last one scares me the most because I just. Cannot. Stand. It. The story is about a guy named Chihiro (Sometani) who lost his father and is tormented by loneliness despite living with others. To conquer his emotions he takes up dancing…

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