11 items from 2015
Taiwan’s Hsiao-hsien Hou has often spoken of his admiration for Japanese master Yasujirō Ozu. In the 1993 documentary Talking with Ozu, attached to the Criterion edition of Tokyo Story and featuring such commentators as Claire Denis and Aki Kaurismäki, he compares the man’s work to that of a mathematician: one that observes and studies in a detached, clinical fashion. Often, returning to the same themes of generational conflict within the family unit, but doing so with a profound self-confidence that only lends such reiterations more weight. Hou goes on to state that, while he considers his own “observations and insight into the human condition” to be similarly objective, he really can’t compare. Yet, the similarities are very much evident. Indeed, few batted an eyelid when Ozu’s longtime employer Shochiku, upon commissioning a project for his centenary, chose not a Japanese but Taiwanese director to best capture the spirit of his films. »
- Nicholas Page
After being in the works for about 20 years, Martin Scorsese finally has full funding to get his adaptation of Shusaku Endo's novel Silence off the ground. Production was originally supposed to begin this past fall, but it took a little long to get all the money together to make it happen. Now Deadline reports Fábrica de Cine and SharpSword Films have boarded the project as producers and are fully financing the film. The cast is also solidified with Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Tadanobu Asano (though Ken Watanabe was once involved, he's no longer in the film). Production begins next week in Taiwan. Scorsese couldn't be happier after tying to make this happen for so long: “I’ve wanted to make 'Silence' for almost two decades, and it is finally a reality. It is heartening to have adventurous partners like Fabrica and SharpSword to work with on this picture. »
- Ethan Anderton
It seems a strange world where someone like Martin Scorsese can't secure the funding for absolutely anything he likes. The reality, of course, is that he has to scratch around like everyone else, but after 20 years, his historical drama Silence is finally happening. Production companies Fábrica de Cine and SharpSword Films have stumped up the cash, with Paramount handling Us distribution.Silence was ready to go, bar the money, earlier this month, with the locations scouted and Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Tadanobu Asano set to star.The screenplay, based on Shusaku Endo's novel, is by Scorsese regular Jay Cocks, and tells the story of Father Rodrigues (Garfield), a 17th century Portuguese Jesuit heading to Japan with a fellow priest (Driver) to discover whether Rodrigues’s mentor (Neeson) has left the church. Their mission is complicated by the fact that religious persecution is rife in the country, necessitating »
I've already listed my top ten most anticipated blockbusters of the new year and now I'll take a look at the rest of the field as I've done my best to whittle things down to an even twenty films. So before you get in a huff that your favorite franchises aren't listed, just remember you can view all my anticipated blockbusters right here, I simply didn't know how to write the headline other than to just say these were my most anticipated movies without any further distinction. That said, I think I have a nice rounded list for you here. Obviously several from the major studios, but also a few overseas entries to spice things up. Plenty of Tom Hardy and Jake Gyllenhaal and a couple starring Rachel Weisz along with several of my favorite directors coming with new films for the new year. If you're wondering where films such »
- Brad Brevet
Paris-based sales agent launches new company. First films include Heaven Knows What.
Paris-based Nathan Fischer - one of Screen’s Future Leaders at Cannes last year - has launched a new sales company called Stray Dogs on the eve of Unifrance’s Rendez-vous with French Cinema in Paris.
“The focus is on young, international talents,” said Fischer. “I want want to work with filmmakers and for filmmakers to be an asset to their films.”
“I will be working on theatrical sales, of course, but will also look at innovative distribution strategies with an emphasis on strong festival and digital rollouts,” he added.
Fischer will accompany the film to the International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) where is screening in the Spectrum section.
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T’ien-wen Chu Chinese auteur Hou Hsiao-Hsien has been steadily working since the early 1980’s, coming to great international acclaim in the 1990’s, winning the Jury Prize at Cannes for 1993’s The Puppermaster. His 1996 film Goodbye South, Goodbye was named by Cahiers du Cinema as one of the three best films of the 1990s, while his last completed feature was 2007’s Flight of the Red Balloon, starring Juliette Binoche. But it looks like, after years of waiting, 2015 will see the release of his martial arts epic, The Assassin. A project long in gestation, with initial scenes filming as way back as 2010, production on Hou Hsiao-Hsien casts his usual muse Shu Qi. Based on a short story, this about a female assassin during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.) who begins to question her loyalties »
- Nicholas Bell
Journey to the Shore
Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa is most revered for his genre work, including the fantastically chilling Cure (1997) and perhaps his most well known work, Pulse (2001). Kurosawa prizes a philosophical angle sometimes, generally lending his films compelling depth and a memorable strangeness, such as Charisma (1999), where a disgraced detective becomes embroiled over the fate of an eponymous tree. A step away from genre in 2008 was met with critical success in Tokyo Sonata (2008), plus a television miniseries in 2012, Penance, which just made its way to Us platforms this past autumn. His 2015 release, Journey to the Shore (formerly titled La femme de la plaque) is an adaptation of a Kazumi Yumoto novel and toplines a pair of Japanese stars Tadanobu Asano and Eri Fukatsu, the latter playing a woman whose husband returns home after mysteriously disappearing for three years. The pair embark »
- Nicholas Bell
Elle Fanning ("Maleficent," "Super 8") is in negotiations to star in "Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn's next film “The Neon Demon" for Gaumont and Wild Bunch. Refn and Mary Laws co-wrote the script.
Fanning will play an aspiring model who is caught up in a world of beauty and demise in this female-driven horror film. [Source: The Wrap]
Cynthia Addai-Robinson ("Arrow," "Spartacus") is set to join Ben Affleck in Gavin O’Connor's thriller "The Accountant" for Warner Bros. Pictures. Robinson will play a Treasury Department analyst who has kept a low-profile.
Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano ("Mongol") is replacing Ken Watanabe in Martin Scorsese's film adaptation of Shusaku Endo's novel "Silence". Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver also star in the »
- Garth Franklin
Finally set to start work on his long-gestating adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel Silence, Martin Scorsese has had to make a quick casting change as Ken Watanabe dropped out due to a scheduling clash. The director has now hired Thor’s Tadanobu Asano to replace him.Silence, which has been scripted by sometime Scorsese collaborator Jay Cocks, sees Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, Adam Driver and now Asano in the story of Father Rodrigues, a 17th century Portuguese Jesuit heading to Japan with a fellow priest to discover whether Rodrigues’s mentor has left the church. Their mission is complicated by the fact that religious persecution is rife in the country, necessitating that they travel undercover with Asano as their interpreter.Asano, who won kudos for his role in Mongol, has also appeared in the slightly less prestigious productions Battleship and 47 Ronin. With his casting falling into place, Scorsese can »
• Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano has signed on for a lead role in director Martin Scorsese’s Silence. The film stars Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver. Asano—whose credits include Mongol, Thor, and 47 Ronin—is replacing Ken Watanabe. He will play an interpreter who joins two Jesuit priests (Garfield and Driver) in pursuit of their mentor (Neeson) who traveled to 17th-century Japan on a Christian mission. Jay Cocks adapted Shusaku Endo’s novel for the screen. [Deadline] • Uzo Aduba (Orange Is The New Black) and Maggie Grace (Taken) have claimed starring roles in Showing Roots. Set in a small Southern »
- C. Molly Smith
Exclusive: Martin Scorsese has set prolific Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano for a lead in Silence, the film that begins shooting early this year. He joins Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver in the Jay Cocks-scripted adaptation of the novel by Shusaku Endo.
Asano is perhaps best known for starring in the Sergey Bodrov-directed Mongol. He replaces Ken Watanabe in the role of an interpreter who accompanies two Jesuit priests (Garfield and Driver) as they search for their mentor (Neeson) who went to 17th Century Japan to spread the gospel of Christianity. Watanabe needed to drop out when production pushed the dates and they clashed with Watanabe’s commitment to the Broadway revival of The King and I, which begins rehearsals in New York this month.
Asano made his Hollywood debut in the Thor films and he also appeare in Battleship and 47 Ronin. Asano is managed in the »
- Mike Fleming Jr
11 items from 2015
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