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Japan Cuts 2017: Lineup includes Sono's ANTI-PORNO and Joe Odagiri in Person!

The 11th edition of North America's preeminent festival for contemporary Japanese Cinema slices into frame July 13 - 23 at Japan Society in New York City. Today, we have the full lineup of films and guests, including this years Cut...

17th Japanese Film Festival 2013 Review: THE GREAT PASSAGE Explores More Than The Making Of A Dictionary

Ishii Yuya's (Mitsuko Delivers, Sawako Decides) latest film charts the twelve year development of a 'living dictionary' dubbed The Great Passage. In what is perhaps the most boring concept for a film ever, Ishii's realist style and nice characters that pepper...

THE WHITE STORM And SNOWPIERCER Bookend Hong Kong Asian Film Fest

The full line-up for this year's Hong Kong Asian Film Festival has just been unveiled and it looks to be an incredibly strong year, bookended by two of the region's most hotly-anticipated thrillers. Opening the festival on 25 October is...

TIFF 2013 Review: Kurosawa's REAL Is A Bland Disappointment

Acclaimed Japanese director Kurosawa Kiyoshi - a great favorite around these parts - ends a five year absence from feature films with 2013 effort Real, the story of a young man granted the opportunity via high technology to project his...

Dante Lam's UNBEATABLE To Open Hong Kong's Summer IFF 2013

Dante Lam's eagerly awaited mixed martial arts drama, Unbeatable, will have its domestic debut on 13 August, when it opens this year's Hong Kong Summer International Film Festival. Previously entitled MMA, the film stars Nick Cheung and Eddie Peng, and...

Kurosawa Kiyoshi Spills Details On His SciFi Picture REAL

Director Kurosawa Kiyoshi has been a force in Japanese cinema since the release of Cure in 1997 and the subsequent international success that followed. Following his breakout film Kurosawa made something of a name for himself within the J-horror genre...

Kurosawa Creates Worlds In Full REAL Trailer

After four years away from feature films - though he did helm the excellent television miniseries Penance last year - Kurosawa Kiyoshi returns to Japanese screens this summer with scifi drama Real (aka A Perfect Day For Plesiosaur). The first...

Kurosawa's REAL Brings Minds Together In Lightning-Fast First Trailer

Bam! Zoom! Mind meld! The first teaser for Kurosawa Kiyoshi's Real (formerly known as A Perfect Day For Plesiosaur) may not not have any English subtitles, but it still got me plenty excited. Set for theatrical release in Japan on...

Kurosawa's A PERFECT DAY FOR PLESIOSAUR Retitled REAL, Set For June Release

Fans of Kurosawa Kiyoshi, take note. The acclaimed Japanese director's next has landed itself a far more straightforward international title - switching from the cumbersome A Perfect Day For Plesiosaur to Real - and a June 1, 2013 release date...

DVD Review: ADRIFT IN TOKYO

Miki Satoshi's Adrift in Tokyo finally hits UK DVD this week from Third Window. This 2007 feature was released in Canada by Evokative films several years ago, but never got a stateside release. I can't really recommend one over the...

ADRIFT IN TOKYO DVD From Third Window 27th February!

Third Window's latest release, Adrift in Tokyo, is coming to DVD on February 27th.This is their third Miki Satoshi film, and one that hasn't been released on US DVD, though it is available in Canada. In celebration of this release,...

Fantasia 2010: AIR DOLL Review

[A bit of a divisive film, Kore Eda's Air Doll is being shown on the big screen at Fantasia, and here is Niels' very positive take on the film.]When I first heard Koreeda was going to do Air Doll I...

AIR DOLL: Review

When I first heard Koreeda was going to do Air Doll I was extremely pleased to see him return to what he does best: magical realism a la Japonais. Even though most Koreeda fans seemed a little weary of his...

IFFR 2010: AIR DOLL review

Why does an inflatable sex doll come to life and proceed on a journey of discovery looking to explore the human condition? It just does, apparently. Hirokazu Kore-Eda's Air Doll is quietly unapologetic about its status as a winsome...

The Warrior and the Wolf Review

When Tian makes a new film, I take notice. Without a doubt my favorite Chinese arthouse director, though his somewhat modest productivity makes it difficult to built a solid view of his style and strengths. The Warrior and The Wolf...

ADRIFT IN TOKYO DVD Giveaway! WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

Miki Satoshi's much-loved Adrift In Tokyo hits DVD December 22nd, a release notable - at least here in my house - not only because the film is fabulous (which it is) but also because this edition from Canada's Evokative Films...

Evokative Films and Fantastic Fest present 'Adrift in Tokyo' in Austin, TX!

Well this is just... just... well it's just FANTASTIC news coming from our friends at Evokative Films. Together with Fantastic Fest they will be having their first ever US theatrical release in Austin, Texas early in December. the film? You...

Adrift in Tokyo review

In the category "better late than never", my review of Adrift in Tokyo (Tenten) Satoshi Miki is a rising star in the Japanese film scene. His first film established him as a somewhat strange and atypical director, Adrift in Tokyo...

HKAFF: THE WARRIOR AND THE WOLF Review

It's a struggle to summarise exactly what happens in the first half hour of Tian Zhuangzhuang's THE WARRIOR AND THE WOLF as it largely resembles a cobbled together mass of random sequences and unrelated footage from a frenzied shoot in...

Vancouver 09: AIR DOLL Review

[Our thanks to Teresa Nieman for the following review.] Hirokazu Koreeda is one of today's most consistently excellent filmmakers, with his recent movies Still Walking and Nobody Knows being critical hits worldwide. Because of this, it seems strange to say...