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"Like Hong Sang-soo, Kiyoshi Kurosawa makes films in a stream, one feeding into the next," writes Kent Jones for Film Comment. "Journey to the Shore, based on Kazumi Yumoto’s 2010 novel, is a mourning film, at once a deepening and an extension of 2013’s Real. There is, once again, a young couple. Mizuki (Eri Fukatsu), a piano teacher living in Tokyo, is visited by her dead husband Yusuke (Tadanobu Asano)… There are passages in this film that are so exquisitely tuned and delicately heartbreaking that they seem to have been experienced and remembered rather than seen on a movie screen." We've gathered a fresh round of reviews and added the trailer and a clip. » - David Hudson »
A 40-year-old Japanese woman, Mizuki (Eri Fukatsu), begins to cook by herself, the audience assuming she’s a single career woman stuck in the middle of her daily grind, until a slight camera movement reveals Yusuke (Tadanobu Asano), her three-years-dead husband, who she greets with, disconcertingly, little surprise.
This means we’re in the world of Kiyoshi Kurosawa, one with a casual supernatural presence. Yet if in the simple touch of Yasuke’s spirit not carrying a ghostly glow (consider one of the Jedi apparitions from Star Wars), Journey to the Shore barely functions as a genre picture. If anything, it’s far more akin to Tokyo Sonata than Cure or Pulse. (The opening of a young child playing the piano against a billowing curtain makes the connection almost too apparent.) If that film, even as a domestic drama, still felt like it could’ve turned to the supernatural at any instant, »
- Ethan Vestby
Stare at the magnificent poster, and then read the official announcement of what the greatest film festival in the world is up to at the end of September.
Fantastic Fest announces the first wave programming lineup for its 11th annual celebration of exciting genre-bending films, including the World Premiere of Bone Tomahawk with Kurt Russell and Matthew Fox in attendance, a retrospective of Turkish Genre Cinema, and a special Mondo Gallery event and programming series curated by filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn to celebrate the release of his new book Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing, which profiles Refn’s collection of vintage exploitation-era American movie posters. “We’re very excited about this year’s mix of premieres, unique events and a retrospective theme unlike any other featuring audacious and otherworldly Turkish remakes of classic Hollywood films,” said Fantastic Fest founder Tim League.
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- Jeff Bayer
Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, starring Tom Hanks, will make its World Premiere at the 53rd New York International Film Festival, running from September 25 to October 11. The film was one of 26 announced as part of the festival’s main slate, along with one of four World Premieres.
Some of the main slate highlights include Todd Haynes’s Carol, featuring Cannes Best Actress Winner Rooney Mara alongside Cate Blanchett, Miguel Gomes’s three part saga Arabian Nights, Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s The Assassin, the Us premiere of Michael Moore’s latest Where to Invade Next, Michel Gondry’s French film Microbe et Gasoil, and the World Premiere of the documentary Don’t Blink: Robert Frank, about the life of the fames photographer and filmmaker.
- Brian Welk
In today's roundup on events and screenings from coast to coast: Sundance's Next Fest in Los Angeles, Tadanobu Asano in San Francisco, samurai movies in Austin and, in New York, James Szalapski's Heartworn Highways, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's The Red Shoes, Bernardo Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris, Chang Cheh's Five Deadly Venoms and Bruce Weber's Let’s Get Lost. Back in San Francisco: Robert Montgomery's Ride the Pink Horse, Joseph H. Lewis's So Dark the Night, Seymour Friedman's Chinatown at Midnight, Leigh Jason's Dangerous Blondes and William Castle's Mysterious Intruder. » - David Hudson »
Fantastic Fest is one hell of a film festival. Each year, the lineups are impressive and entertaining, the events are fun, and there’s just something wild and unpredictable about the Austin, TX-based Fest. Making sure that this year’s upcoming Ff (running from September 24 – October 1, 2015) isn’t going to disappoint whatsoever, the lineup and a small tease of some of the events have been announced, and whether it’s the appearance of Kurt Russell, Nicolas Winding Refn signing his hardcover book full of his exploitation movie posters, or a very impressive first wave of film programming, this year is going to be one for the books, and you can count on Icons of Fright being there, bringing you coverage of the whole festival!
One of the many highlights of today’s announcement is what was said to be “a special Mondo Gallery event and programming series curated by filmmaker »
- Jerry Smith
Fantastic Fest is touted as the largest genre film fest, from experience, I can tell you the Austin week-long event still feels like an intimate gathering, for fans who love of horror, sci-fi, experimental, foreign, action, animated and just straight-up gnarly film. The curtain has rolled back on this year's first wave of programming at the Alamo Drafthouse fest, held Sept. 24 through Oct. 1 at the South Lamar location. Highlights include the world premiere of Kurt Russell-starrer "Bone Tomahawk"; a retrospective of Turkish genre cinema; and a programming series from "Drive" and "Only God Forgives" director Nicolas Winding Refn, who will be supporting his new book "Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing." There are a few films that are crossing over with other major film fest lineups, like one-take flick "Victoria" which took home awards from Berlinale International. The initial film lineup for Fantastic Fest 2015 is below it's new poster, »
- Katie Hasty
The day has come. The reminder that Autumn is nearing and the best genre film festival in the Magnited States of America is nigh! We got the poster and the first wave of films listed below. Nicolas Winding Refn comes back and curates some obscure films and motherfuckin’ Kurt F’n Russell is coming with his new film, Bone Tomahawk! Read below and prepare for our coverage of this year’s Fantastic Fest!!!!
From the Press Release:
Austin, TX – Thursday, July 30, 2015 – Fantastic Fest announces the first wave programming lineup for its 11th annual celebration of exciting genre-bending films, including the World Premiere of Bone Tomahawk with Kurt Russell and Matthew Fox in attendance, a retrospective of Turkish Genre Cinema, and a special Mondo Gallery event and programming series curated by filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn to celebrate the release of his new book Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing, »
- Andy Triefenbach
Kurt Russell, Matthew Fox, and more star in the horror Western Bone Tomahawk, the closing film of Fantastic Fest 2015. Karyn Kusama's The Invitation is also included in the first wave of programming for the Austin-based festival that kicks off September 24th.
Press Release: "Austin, TX - Thursday, July 30, 2015 - Fantastic Fest announces the first wave programming lineup for its 11th annual celebration of exciting genre-bending films, including the World Premiere of Bone Tomahawk with Kurt Russell and Matthew Fox in attendance, a retrospective of Turkish Genre Cinema, and a special Mondo Gallery event and programming series curated by filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn to celebrate the release of his new book Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing, which profiles Refn's collection of vintage exploitation-era American movie posters. "We're very excited about this year's mix of premieres, unique events and a retrospective theme unlike any other featuring audacious and »
- Derek Anderson
'Pixels' movie with Adam Sandler. 'Pixels' movie weekend box office: Adam Sandler vs. 'Ant-Man' Despite its underwhelming domestic box office debut last weekend, Marvel's Ant-Man may turn out to be the winner in North America this weekend (July 24–26, '15) thanks to another underwhelming debut: that of the Adam Sandler Pixels movie. According to weekend box office projections found at Variety, the Chris Columbus-directed Pixels is expected to open with $25 million from 3,723 locations – following a $10 million Friday take (including $1.5M from Thursday previews). If so, that'll place Adam Sandler's latest lowbrow comedy – now in 3D – on a par with Sandler domestic disappointments like Jack and Jill and Funny People. Deadline.com, for its part, is expecting $27-$28 million by Sunday evening. Sat., July 25, update: According to studio box office estimates, Pixels underperformed on Friday, taking in $9.2 million. That's below figures for Jack and Jill and, adjusted for »
- Zac Gille
'Ant-Man': Paul Rudd as Scott Lang. 'Ant-Man' box office below expectations: Lowest Marvel Cinematic Universe domestic debut Starring Paul Rudd as a bug-like (sizewise) action hero, Ant-Man was expected to open with $60-$65 million from 3,856 U.S. and Canada locations this past weekend, July 17-19, '15. That didn't happen. A mere three days ago, Variety enthused that Ant-Man was "marching to a solid $65 million weekend at the U.S. box office." But instead of a $65 million domestic debut like those of Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger, Ant-Man bowed with a considerably more modest $57.22 million (down from the studio's $58.04 million Sunday estimate), including Thursday evening screenings. This latest Marvel Cinematic Universe entry averaged a highly disappointing – especially for an McU entry with loads of steeper-priced 3D and IMAX / Pfl screenings – $14,841 per location. But really, why "highly disappointing"? Trailing 'The Incredible Hulk' Even taking into account the fact »
- Zac Gille
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 »
- email@example.com (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
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