Category: Japanese Movies

Tadanobu Asano to star with Jared Leto in Netflix film The Outsider

Netflix has released the trailer for their latest original film The Outsider, starring Jared Leto as an American ex-soldier in post-WWII Japan looking to earn a place in the yakuza underworld. Tadanobu Asano (know to Western audiences for his roles in Thor and 47 Ronin, but unforgettable in classics like Ichi The Killer and Zatoichi) …

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Fullmetal Alchemist (Film Review)

Fullmetal Alchemist Film Review by David Cirone The feature film adaptation of Fullmetal Alchemist has just dropped on Netflix. It packs some cool visuals, brings an impressive list of Japanese actors to project, and carries a knockout theme song by J-Pop songstress Misia. But for a story with the central theme of uniting a soul …

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2018 Berlin International Film Festival will feature 13 films from Japan

13 Japanese films have been invited to the 68th Berlin International Film Festival, including Ryuichi Sakamoto’s concert film async At The Park Avenue Armory, Kiyohara Yui’s Our House, Isao Yukisada’s River’s Edge, and a tribute to pink eiga producer Keiko Sato. The Berlin International Film Festival runs February 15-25, 2018. More info: https://www.berlinale.de (Japan)

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Tokyo Idols (Film Review)

Tokyo Idols Film Review by David Cirone Tokyo Idols has an agenda, and that’s no spoiler. Starting with its slanted description on Netflix, filmmaker Kyoko Miyake uses the documentary platform to selectively focus on fringe, negative aspects of idol fandom. For the millions of Japanese and international fans who have actually seen or participated in …

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My Teacher (film trailer)

Warner Brothers Japan has released the English-subtitled trailer for the upcoming film adaptation My Teacher, based on the Sensei! …Suki ni Natte mo ii Desuka? manga series by Kazune Kawahara.

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Hirokazu Koreeda’s Sandome no Satsujin selected for 74th Venice International Film Festival

Sandome no Satsujin (The Third Murder), starring Masaharu Fukuyama, has been selected for competition at the 74th Venice International Film Festival. Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda, Fukuyama co-stars with Koji Yakusho and Suzu Hirose. The film opens September 9 in Japan.

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Kasha (Review)

Kasha Review by David Cirone Kasha, based on the mystery novel by Miyuki Miyabe, is a disappointingly flat adaptation, packed with thematic missteps and lacking both the heart and intrigue of the original story. Set in the early 90s, Kasha (superbly translated by Alfred Birnbaum in the U.S book version as All She Was Worth) …

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University of Miami to screen Enoshima Prism and Wonderful World End

The University of Miami will present free screenings of 2 Japanese films on September 16th and 23rd, 2016. September 16 – The time-travel friendship drama Enoshima Prism, directed by Yasuhiro Yoshida, stars Sota Fukushi (Kamen Rider film series, Bleach), Shuhei Nomura (Litchi Hikari Club, Flying Colors), and Tsubasa Honda (GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka, Full Metal …

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