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TwitchFilm is honored to have the distinction of announcing the award winners from this year's edition of the the Toronto Japanese Film Festival. By all accounts the festival continues to grow in popularity, it was their biggest festival so far. Kazuyoshi Kumakiri's My Man, starring perennial TwitchFilm favorite Tadanobu Asano, took home the Jury Prize. And it is no surprise that Shinobu Yaguchi, director of crowd pleasers like Waterboys, Swing Girls and Robo-g, enchanted the crowd in Toronto with his latest film Wood Job! and won the audience award. The full press release follows. Kazuyoshi Kumakiri's My Man and Shinobu Yaguchi's Wood Job! Take Major Awards at 2015 Toronto Japanese Film Festival. Masato Harada's Kakekomi also HonouredKazuyoshi Kumakiri's My Man was selected the winner of the Grand Jury Prize...
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With Journey to the Shore, Kiyoshi Kurosawa returned to the Cannes and the Un Certain Regard section for the first time since 2008's Tokyo Sonata, a film that helped bridge a connection to a normal art house crowd for this director too often incorrectly pegged either as some kind of arty J-Horror filmmaker or, even worse, someone who was once good at making such films. Unsurprisingly, after the wacko minimalist version of Inception (with CGI dinosaur), Real, and a featurette comedy thriller shot in Vladivostok, the director returns to Cannes with a movie that among all his many films made for cinema and television, most closely resembles Tokyo Sonata.Its unfortunately bland English title notwithstanding, Journey to the Shore is one of the few unquantifiable movies that premiered on the Croisette, a truly odd and quite lovely ghost story. The premise is ripe for a sentimental American remake: the missing, »
- Daniel Kasman
This was the beginning of a tantalizing series of consecutive days featuring premieres by some of the great East Asian filmmakers, beginning with Kiyoshi Kurosawa, and continuing in the following days with Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Jia Zhangke, and the long-awaited new film by Hou Hsiao-hsien. Kurosawa returns to the Cannes and the Un Certain Regard section for the first time since 2008's Tokyo Sonata, a film that helped bridge a connection to a normal art house crowd for this director too often incorrectly pegged either as some kind of arty J-Horror filmmaker or, even worse, someone who was once good at making such films. Unsurprisingly, after the wacko minimalist version of Inception (with CGI dinosaur), Real, and a featurette comedy thriller shot in Vladivostok, the director returns to Cannes with a movie that among all his many films made for cinema and television, most closely resembles Tokyo Sonata.Its unfortunately bland English title notwithstanding, »
- Daniel Kasman
"A corrective to Sea of Trees’ inane treatment of death and supernatural, Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s sweet, strange Un Certain Regard entry Journey to the Shore invents a whole mythology of the afterlife without using a single special effect," writes Ignatiy Vishnevetsky at the Av Club. "One evening, piano teacher Mizuki (Eri Fukatsu) turns around to find her husband Yusuke (Tadanobu Asano), missing for three years, standing in her kitchen. 'I’m dead,' he says, explaining that he drowned himself in the ocean, and that it’s taken him this long to walk back to her." Critics are split on this one; we're tracking the reviews. » - David Hudson »
A piano teacher goes on a second honeymoon of sorts with her missing husband when he returns as a ghost in “Journey to the Shore,” Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s competent return to human drama in the vein of “Tokyo Sonata,” albeit with a spiritual dimension. Traversing East Japan from small towns to remote hamlets, the film’s winding, episodic form ultimately conveys a blindingly obvious message, but the way in which its motley characters work through feelings of loss, regret and acceptance have a hushed, timorous sentiment that’s uniquely Japanese. Fans of Kurosawa’s earlier psycho-thrillers may desire more eeriness and visual panache, but those who’ve accepted the helmer’s conscious change of tune and pace should be gently touched.
Films about the deceased returning to comfort their beloved or to take care of unfinished business have many Western exemplars, such as “Ghost” or “Truly, Madly, Deeply.” However, it »
- Maggie Lee
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we now have the first photo from the upcoming "Silence" film, starring Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man) and directed by Martin Scorsese. Check it out below. Plot: The story is set in the 17th century as two Jesuit priests face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and to spread the gospel of Christianity. The new movie is based on Shusako Endo's 1966 novel and co-stars Liam Neeson, Adam Driver, Issei Ogata, and Tadanobu Asano. A release date has yet to be announced. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
Scorsese, the film’s producer Emma Koskoff and actor Andrew Garfield attended a press event in Taipei on May 4, along with Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je and Catchplay chairman Harvey Chang.
The film received subsidy and production support from Taipei City government and Taipei Film Commission and was also partly financed by Catchplay, which is the film’s distributor in Taiwan.
Scorsese said that as a Catholic he was drawn to Endo’s novel, about a Jesuit missionary in 17th Century Japan, which tackles the issue of God’s silence in the face of suffering. He first wrote a draft in 1992 but it has taken 15 years to bring the project to the screen.
Although the novel is set in Japan, Scorsese explained that he was introduced to shooting in Taiwan by Ang Lee, who filmed »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Liz Shackleton)
The first official photo has been released from Martin Scorsese's "Silence," his long in the works adaptation of the Shusaku Endo novel which has almost finished production and recently wrapped the Taiwan-based leg of the shoot.
The story chronicles two Portuguese Jesuit priests (one played by Andrew Garfield) as they journey to Japan in the 17th century, a time when Christians were suffering persecution and had been driven underground. The pair arrive to investigate reports that their mentor has become an apostate.
Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano, Adam Driver, and Ciaran Hinds also star in the film and video has emerged from a press event for the film which Garfield describes as "deep and difficult material, timeless, and huge in scope, huge in emotion."
- Garth Franklin
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we’ve got our first look at Martin Scorsese’s long-gestating adaptation of Shusako Endo’s 1966 novel Silence, which features former Spider-Man Andrew Garfield alongside Japanese actor Shinya Tsukamoto…
Silence tells the story of two Jesuit priests who travel to 17th century Japan to locate their mentor, where they are faced with violence and persecution. Also set to feature in the cast are Liam Neeson (Gangs of New York), Adam Driver (Girls), Ciaran Hinds (Game of Thrones) and Tadanobu Asano (Thor). Expect the film some time next year.
- Gary Collinson
Entertainment Weekly has provided us with our first look at The Amazing Spider-man star Andrew Garfield in the upcoming Martin Scorsese adaptation Silence. The film is based on the book of the same name and revolves around two Jesuit priests who face violent persecution when they travel to Japan to seek out their mentor and spread the teachings of Christianity. The book, written by Shusaku Endo, was first published in 1980.
This is expected in cinemas in 2016. Check out the new image above.
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- Paul Heath
Will Martin Scorsese's Silence hit theaters this year or nextc Production is completed, but along with the first picture above of Andrew Garfield and Shinya Tsukamoto as Father Rodrigues and a villager named Mokichi, Entertainment Weekly says to expect the film, based on Shusako Endo's 1966 novel, in 2016. As of now, Parmount's awards slate is looking empty and I have to think with production complete they will be pushing Scorsese to get this one finished in time for the end of the year, the same as they did with The Wolf of Wall Street. The story is set in the 17th century as two Jesuit priests face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and to spread the gospel of Christianity. Issei Ogata, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson and Tadanobu Asano also star. Just below is video of the press conference held in Taiwan following the »
- Brad Brevet
“The subject matter presented by Shusaku Endo was in my life since I was very, very young,” Martin Scorsese told press today about his upcoming adaptation of the author's "Silence." “I was very much involved in religion, I was raised in a strong Catholic family. … Further reflection is how [we] want to lead our life in the Christian faith … so ultimately this book drew my attention when it was given to me in 1988.” And indeed, anyone who is even a vague fan of the filmmaker knows this has been his passion project for decades. Read More: Howard Shore To Score Martin Scorsese's 'Silence' Well, it's now filming, and today the first official image from the production has been revealed. Also featuring Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano, and Adam Driver, the film follows two 17th-century Jesuit priests who face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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.
The Us-French »
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
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