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Eriko Pretended, Laughing Under the Clouds, Girl’s Play, The Final Parting, Saimon and Tada Takashi, Goku Tomo, From Taiwan with Love, From Taiwan with Love, Spit & Honey Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend, people!

Eriko, Pretended Film Image

I’m just about ready to get back into normal service again after spending much of last week working and much of this week travelling. The sun has been shining, I had dinner with a really cool person I admire and I visited good places. I am happy.

I have more OAFF 2018 reviews stacked up, the only reason I didn’t post them this week was because I was rushing around doing things or relaxing and exploring places and, I must admit, I need to do rewrites on some. That period is almost over as I am about to resume my normal life but the festival process is starting with Kotatsu and I am working on new projects in my day-job.

What is released this weekend in Japan (we’re on time this week, people!!!)?

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Tremble All You Want, Waiting for the Moon, Revenge Girl, Torinoko City, That Is Not a Child But a Minor Japanese Film Trailers       

Happy weekend!

I hope everyone is well! I have just got back from meeting a friend at a coffee shop and I’m excited about the prospect of having time off work to watch films and eat good food with family over the Christmas period. This week, I posted about the films Being Good (2015), which was directed by Mipo O, and The Long Excuse (2016), the latest from super-talented director Miwa Nishikawa. These two women are at the top of my best directors list.

What’s released in Japan this weekend?

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Girls und Panzer das Finale Chapter 1,Vigilante, Destiny: The Tale of Kamakura, Kamen Rider Heisei Generations FINAL: Build & Ex-Aid with Legend Riders, Discovery of images = Age of Toshio Matsumoto, ALL YOU NEED is PUNK and LOVE, Koi to Wolwachia, Sekai wo kaenakatta futashikana tsumi, Nacchan ha mada Shinjuku, Hedoroba, For Real kanarazu modoru to chikatta, ano butai e. Japanese Film Trailers

Happy weekend people!

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I hope everyone is well!

With a story-check finished, I soon find myself braced for more movie action with a trip to the cinema due next week and a whole lot of films to go through. I also managed to hit a milestone in my kanji learning but now I have to make words with all of the characters I can write from memory. Work continues apace but with Christmas approaching, I am looking forward to having a few days off.

I posted reviews for Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s 2016 horror film Daguerrotype, (a real return to form) and the charming, amiable dramedy, Neko Atsume House (2017)

What is released this weekend?

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Fullmetal Alchemist, Demekin, Akai tasuki tomioka seishijō monogatari, The Last Shot in the Bar, Touken Ranbu Hanamaru Intermission Flashback Record, Laughing Under the Clouds Gaiden – Parting The Oath of the Yamainu, Thunderbolt Fantasy Shōshi Ikken, Cocolors, Ashita ha docchi da, Terayama Shuji, Sugite ike, entai 10-dai, Yagate mizu ni kae (kae) ru, Nigeta sakana wa oyoi deru., Fuku Kaze wa Aki Japanese Film Trailers       

Happy Weekend People!

I hope everyone is doing well. After a couple of months of pretty decent output in terms of Japanese practice and film-watching and balancing my day-job, I hit a week where, due to emergencies and meeting friends, I didn’t get as much as I wanted done. Pushing on through that, I have got back on track and just in time to. I need to finish off a script quick-sharp and watch six more films before the year is out and re-watch two special ones. I can do it!

This week, I reviewed the films Tokyo Idols (2017) and Rage (2016). What films are released in Japan this weekend?

FEEL THE HYPE!

Tokyo Idols Rio

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Birds Without Names, My Teacher / Teacher! Is It Okay for Me to Love You?, Ayamachi Scramble, To Become a Woman, Hibaku ushi to ikiru, Linking Love, Dawn Wind in My Poncho, Free! -Take Your Marks-, Yama no Susume: Omoide Present, Kirakira☆Precure A La Mode Movie: Paritto! Omoide no Mille-Feuille! Japanese Film Trailers

Hello dear reader. I am bringing back my trailer weeklies as the film resurgence begins. Inspired by my stay in Japan, recent films I have watched, and seeing the works listed at the Tokyo International Film Festival, I’m super-excited about what the Japanese film industry is producing. I’ve also been inspired by my stint working at an anime film festival and writing recent reviews such as:The Night is Short, Walk on Girl Film Image 3

Mind Game

The Night is Short, Walk on Girl

Double Life

Close-Knit

Japanese Girls Never Die   Mind Game Film Image

Getting Any?

Zigeunerweisen

Yamato (California)

I also wrote about the Five Flavours Film Festival in Poland.

What is released this weekend in Japan?

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Japanese Films at the Cannes Film Festival 2017

Cannes Film Festival 2017 Poster

This year’s Cannes Film Festival (17th – 28th May) is the 70th edition of the event and the festival head Thierry Fremaux announced the Official Selection of films programmed last week. Critics are salivating over the fact that there are two Netflix films: the monster movie Okja by Bong Joon-ho (The Host) and The Meyerowitz Stories by Noah Baumbach (writer on The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and director of Mistress America). There will be two TV series for audiences to watch: David Lynch’s Twin Peaks and Jane Campion’s Top Of The Lake and lots more familiar faces such as Sofia (Somewhere) Coppola’s The Beguiled, Michael (Code Unknown/Cache) Haneke’s Happy End (knowing Haneke, it’s probably an ironic title…). More importantly, there are also nine first-time filmmakers getting their works screened.

Why is that important?

The Cannes Film Festival comes into 2017 with a need to find fresh blood and this is seemingly strong selection because may be it. Since this is the 70th anniversary of the festival and the fact that, last year, organisers faced fierce criticism last year for their lack of female directors, commentators identified that they needed to do a couple of things: broaden out its programme so that there are filmmakers other than the old guard (Campion, Haneke, Kawase, Haynes, the Dardennes brothers etc.) and increase the number of female-centric stories and female-led films across the programme. The old guard are back but just by glancing at the lists of announced films, it is clear that the festival has achieved some of its goals and will probably avoid the criticism it faced last year – hopefully, no high-heels and breast-feeding baby incidents will crop up). Things are a bit of a mixed picture when it comes to the Japanese films.

So far, there are four Japanese films programmed, and three come from festival regulars: Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Naomi Kawase, and Takashi Miike. Two of the four are adaptations while the other two are original dramas. Out of the dramas, one is made by a seasoned professional while the shorter one at 45 minutes is from a student. The presence of a fresh director is always something to cheer when it comes to Japanese films at international festivals and this director is a lady to boot: Aya Igashi. She is a graduate from Toei Gakuen Film College’s movie production department and is already working on her third film.

So, while we can all sigh and shrug our shoulders at the lack of original content, we can take comfort in the fact that Aya Igashi is on the radar of people who programme the festival.

What are the films playing this year?

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Japanese Films at the Rotterdam International Film Festival 2017

It’s a grey day in Osaka and pretty cold but I’m staying indoors for most of it since I am cleaning video game consoles. Anyway, The Rotterdam International Film Festival starts later this month and it features a plethora films from Japan that range from the familiar to the new, plus there’s some interesting little shorts. It’s a programme packed with Japanese films but actually using the website to find them was irritating due to the search options, the way information was hidden and the overall look. I’m not a fan. I searched for it so you don’t have to.

Enough of my whining, there are many great films on offer from Roman Porno to yakuza comedy and this is another great year for Rotterdam.

Here’s what’s on offer (click on the titles to be taken to pages with more information):

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Japanese Films at the 2016 BFI London Film Festival

BFI London Film Festival LogoThe BFI London Film Festival (LFF) has reached 60 years of age and this year’s edition launches on October 05th and ends on October 16th. There are 274 films and Japanese filmmakers have contributed six to that number. Festival favourites Hirokazu Koreeda and Kiyoshi Kurosawa are in town with two features while there are a couple of documentaries, an anime and an anime short named Achoo to make up the rest of the numbers. Some of these have been previewed already for the Vancouver International Film Festival, Cannes, and Berlin and this is a decent line-up for cinephiles who love Japan and those who want to get into a Japanese film or two.

Here’s the line-up!
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Natsumi’s Firefly, Eternal Maria, 64: Part 2, Sabuibo Mask, Shiratori Reiko de Gozaimasu! the Movie, Lost Serenade, Moratorium Cut-up, Shiranai Machi, Sato ni kitara eeyan, SING LIKE TALKING LIVE MOVIE Strings of the night Japanese Film Trailers

Hello dear readers!

Miss Hokusai Helping Her Father

I did say I would take a break but I had a spare hour and started writing previews and thought, ‘why stop now? I did say I would try and keep the previews going…’ My serious studying starts next week (honest), I have one or two more festival films to review and possibly a DVD and Blu-Ray. I rushed this post so apologies.

What did I post this week? A preview of the Japanese films at the New York Asian Film Festival and the next film to be screened at the Japanese Embassy in London which is Summer Every Day.

What’s released this weekend?

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Evergreen Love, The Kodai Family, Detective Mitarai’s Casebook: The Clockwork Current, A Rain Woman, FAKE, Danchi, Ninkyo Yaro, Tokyo Sunrise and other Japanese Film Trailers

Hello dear readers!

Umimachi Diary Start

Right, down to business. I’ll be taking a bit of a break from the blog because I am about to embark upon a teaching course. I have film reviews stacked up but the trailer posts might thin out since they take up time and I want to spend as much time as possible studying. I’ll try and keep them going but I need to hit the books. I hope everything works out. There are film festival screeners possibly winging their way to me over the next month or so and I have a couple of film festival posts to write and publish amidst the reviews but I will go dark for some time. I will respond if you comment on a post because I really do appreciate everyone who reads my writing. Thank you to all my regular commenters. I hope to see you guys soon!

I also want to wish Adam Torel, owner of Third Window Films, a speedy recovery. He’s a great guy and brings life to the Asian film scene in the West.

What did I post this week? A review for the wonderful film Our Little Sister (2015).

What’s released this weekend?

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