While the Women are Sleeping 女が眠る時 (2016) Director: Wayne Wang

While the Women are Sleeping     

While the Women are Sleeping Film Poster
While the Women are Sleeping Film Poster

女が眠る時 「Onna ga Nemuru Toki」 

Release Date: February 27th, 2016

Duration: 103 mins.

Director: Wayne Wang

Writer: Michael Ray, Lee Shin-ho, Mami Sunada (Screenplay) Javier Marias (Original Story)

Starring: Takeshi Kitano, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Sayuri Oyamada, Lily Franky, Shioli Kutsuna, Makiko Watanabe, Hirofumi Arai,

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An undercooked psycho-sexual thriller, While the Women are Sleeping wastes a stellar cast – Hidetoshi Nishijima (License to Live), Takeshi Kitano (Hana-bi), Lily Franky (Like Father, Like Son), Makiko Watanabe (Love Exposure) – on a poor story.

We are at a posh holiday resort on the Izu Peninsula with unhappily married couple Kenji (Hidetoshi Nishijima), an author, and Aya (Sayuri Oyamada), a book editor.

While the Women are Sleeping Hidetoshi Nishijima and Sayuri Oyamada,

They are spending a week at the hotel over the summer. It is a bit of work and play, as she disappears during the day to coach an author while Kenji is left to his own devices and flip-flops between procrastination and wading through writer’s block. Although picture perfect together, marital strain is apparent as they snipe at each other over him skimping on sex and whether he should write or start life over as a salaryman. Things go really off the rails when they encounter a strange couple amongst the other guests.

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Japanese Films at the 2016 Vancouver International Film Festival

Vancouver International Film FestivalThe Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) launches soon and lasts from September 29th to October 14th and, as is usually the case, there are a heck of a lot of great films from East Asia with some top-notch Japanese content programmed. There is a strong line-up of films for the Japanese cinema specialist with titles new and old, some seen at festivals like Cannes and Nippon Connection and others that got their premiere at Toronto.

The VIFF website has had a facelift and you can track down the titles with a quick search or by selecting the relevant stream from the myriad of cool-sounding options.

Thanks go out to the programmers of the VIFF for picking a good selection of films and I hope you, dear reader, can find something that interests you!

Here’s the line-up!

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This strand, better known as Dragons & Tigers, has feature-films and shorts from East Asia and the Japanese contingent is made up of titles that have been at Berlin and Cannes with festival favourites Koreeda and Fukada showing up. As is usually the case there are a number of short films from Japan and they play with the features. To find out more head to the festival site.

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While the Women are Sleeping, Artist of Fasting, Chinyuki, The Shell Collector, I’m Not Just Going to Do What Kurosaki-kun Says, Detective Opera Milky Holmes the Movie and other Japanese Film Trailers

Hello dear audience!

Kikujiro Takeshi Kitano Masao Yusuke Sekiguchi
Kikujiro Takeshi Kitano Masao Yusuke Sekiguchi

I have been busy this week and about to get busier with preparations for Japan. I may not post next week and there will be a point this year when I may not be posting at all but I’ll try to keep going because there are lots of great Japanese films to write about.

I watched Kikujiro (1999), Appleseed (1988), Darkside Blues (1994) and Vampire Hunter D (1985). I wrote a review for Kikujiro and previewed the Japanese films at next month’s Osaka Asian Film Festival.

What’s released this weekend?

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Japanese Films at the Berlin International Film Festival 2016

The Berlin International Film Festival takes place from February 11th to the 21st and it features a distinct Anglo-American presence thanks to some high-profile heavyweight Hollywood stars on the screen and gracing the red carpet with the likes of George Clooney and Meryl Streep getting involved from the opening night. There is also a planned tribute to Alan Rickman and David Bowie. While the festival features a mix of mainstream and more socially conscious sights to be seen on screen what we really want to know is…

…what Japanese films are playing at the festival?

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