Category Archive: Japanese Movies

Feb 24 2018

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

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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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Feb 20 2018

Fullmetal Alchemist (Film Review)

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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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Feb 09 2018

2018 Berlin International Film Festival will feature 13 films from Japan

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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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Jan 25 2018

Tokyo Idols (Film Review)

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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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Aug 20 2017

My Teacher (film trailer)

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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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Aug 09 2017

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

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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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Oct 07 2016

Kasha (Review)

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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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Aug 28 2016

University of Miami to screen Enoshima Prism and Wonderful World End

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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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