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Kiyoshi Kurosawa Makes French Film Debut With Tahar Rahim (Exclusive)

10 December 2014 11:56 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Marrakech — Kiyoshi Kurosawa (“Penance”) is set to make his first venture outside of Japan with a romance-laced genre drama set around Paris with “The Past” thesp Tahar Rahim on board.

While in Marrakech to attend the homage to Japanese cinema, Kurosawa told Variety his next film is being produced by a French company and will start shooting in February. The helmer, whose latest movie, “Seventh Code,” opened at Rome and earned him the best director nod, said the movie will be a love story, with Rahim cast in one of the two leading roles.

Since breaking through with Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet,” Rahim has been leading a strong international career and has worked with renowned auteurs including Lou Ye (“Love and Bruises”), Joachim Lafosse (“Our Children”) and Asghar Farhadi (“The Past”).

“It will talk about France today in a symbolic way, and it will have horror elements. It will not be a realistic movie, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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"Thor" Laser-Scanned Figure

23 September 2014 4:59 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek Marvel Studios' "Thor", the star of "Thor: The Dark World" and the upcoming "Avengers: Age Of Ultron"  as a new Hot Toys 1/6 scale collectible figure, in the laser-scanned likeness of actor Chris Hemsworth:

"...'Thor: The Dark World' features Marvel Comics character 'Thor', produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2011's Thor and the eighth installment in the 'Marvel Cinematic Universe'. The film was directed by Alan Taylor, with a screenplay by Christopher Yost, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, and Rene Russo.

"In 'Thor: The Dark World', Thor teams up with 'Loki' to save the 'Nine Realms' from the 'Dark Elves' led by the vengeful 'Malekith', »

- Michael Stevens

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San Sebastian unveils Zabaltegi titles

25 August 2014 4:48 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

As 19 titles are revealed for the Zabaltegi section, Danis Tanovic’s Tigers is added to the official competition and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby has entered the Pearls section.

The 62nd San Sebastian Festival has unveiled the titles for its Zabaltegi section, a non-competitive strand featuring a variety of films, documentaries, shorts and television.

This year’s line-up will include world premieres of four features made in Spain: Virginia García del Pino’s Basilio Martín Patino. The Tenth Letter; Borja Cobeaga’s Negotiator; Francisco Sánchez Varela’s Paco De Lucía: La Búsqueda; and Pedro González Bermúdez’s documentary When Bette Davis Bids Farewell.

The strand will also include the Spanish premieres of the latest works by Ulrich Seidl and Kazuyoshi Kumakiri as well as a screening of Bruno Dumont’s TV series Lil´Quinquin.

In addition, Danis Tanovic’s Tigers will compete in the Official Selection, while the Pearls section has added Ned Benson’s relationship »

- (Michael Rosser)

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Film Review: ‘My Man’

31 July 2014 3:10 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Japanese helmer Kazuyoshi Kumakiri ventures into “Lolita” territory with “My Man,” an adaptation of Kazuki Sakuraba’s controversial bestseller about the quasi-incestuous relationship between an orphaned young girl and the distant relative who adopts her. Framed by the snowbound shores of Hokkaido — “the end of the world!” per the heroine’s smilingly cryptic exclamation — the characters seem inseparable from the formidable landscape, their natures and their bond superseding mere psychology. Distanced yet emotionally charged, the film eschews identification in favor of fascination. Winner of the top film prize at the Moscow Film Festival, this obsession-tinged mood piece could flourish on the fest/arthouse circuit.

In a scene made familiar by the recent Fukushima disaster, 10-year-old Hana (Mochika Yamada) is first encountered wandering dazedly through the dark, disorienting maze of an emergency shelter, having lost her family in an earthquake/tsunami. Jungo (Tadanobu Asano), a 26-year-old relative whose relationship with Hana »

- Ronnie Scheib

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Trailer released for Japanese horror Parasyte

18 July 2014 6:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Well, here’s a trailer that goes from standard to insane very quickly.

Released by Toho Company (the studio behind every Japanese Godzilla movie) has released the trailer for Parasyte, a two-part sci-fi horror movie based on a Manga of the same name. The film sees, “a teenager whose body is invaded by an alien parasite that takes over his hand instead of, like many of his fellow humans, his brain. He ends up battling for survival in a world teeming with seemingly normal but potentially deadly alien-controlled hosts.”

Parasyte is directed by Takashi Yamazaki and features a cast that includes Shôta Sometani, Eri Fukatsu, Ai Hasimoto, Kazuki Kitamura, Masahiro Higashide, Tadanobu Asano and Jun Kunimura.

The Manga was released between 1990 and 1995. New Line Cinemas acquired the rights for a Hollywood adaptation in 2005 with Takashi Shimizu (The Grudge) signed to direct but nothing ever materialised.

Watch the trailer below:

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- Luke Owen

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Toma Ikuta, Tadanobu Asano To Star in Japanese Revenge Thriller “Grasshopper”

7 July 2014 12:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tokyo — Hot young male actor Toma Ikuta, who starred in the hit Takashi Miike gang actioner “The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji,” has been announced as the lead in the revenge thriller “Grasshopper.”

Based on a novel by Kotaro Isaka (“Golden Slumber,” “Fish Story”) that has sold 1.27 million copies in Japan, the picture stars Ikuta as a junior high teacher who quits his job and infiltrates the underworld to find the killer of his lover.

Also in the main cast are Tadanobu Asano (“47 Ronin,” “Thor”), playing a killer-for-hire who drives his victims to suicide and Ryosuke Yamada of the Hey! Say! Jump! boy band, playing a knife-wielding hitman.

Directed by Tomoyuki Takimoto, who worked with Ikuta on the 2013 sci-fi thriller “Brain Man,” the pic starts shooting today (July 7) and will be in theaters in 2015, with Kadokawa producing and distributing. 


- Mark Schilling

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Japan is big winner in Moscow

29 June 2014 1:17 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Japan was the big winner at this year’s Moscow International Film Festival which ended on Saturday evening with the Golden St. George trophy for best film going to Kazuyoshi Kumakiri’s My Man (Watashi-No Otoko) [pictured].The film, which also received the Silver St. George best actor honours for Tadanobu Asano, had its international premiere in Moscow and was the first Japanese film to win the grand prix since Kaneto Shindo’s Will To Live received the honour

Japan was the big winner at this year’s Moscow International Film Festival which ended on Saturday evening with the Golden St. George trophy for best film going to Kazuyoshi Kumakiri’s My Man (Watashi-No Otoko) [pictured].

The film, which also received the Silver St. George best actor honours for Tadanobu Asano, had its international premiere in Moscow and was the first Japanese film to win the grand prix since Kaneto Shindo’s Will To Live received the honour in 1999.

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- (Martin Blaney)

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Moscow Film Fest: 'My Man' Wins Best Film and Best Actor

29 June 2014 2:39 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Tokyo — Kazuyoshi Kumakiri's My Man (Watashi no Otoko) won the best film award at the Moscow International Film Festival on Saturday, with Tadanobu Asano (Thor, 47 Ronin) taking best actor for his role as a man who becomes romantically involved with his adopted daughter. Film Review  'My Man (Watashi no otoko)' My Man is based on a novel by Kazuki Sakuraba and stars Fumi Nikaido (Himizu) as the daughter who lost her family in a tsunami that hit Japan's northern island of Hokkaido in 1993. It is the first victory in Moscow for a Japanese film since Kaneto Shindo's Will to

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- Gavin J. Blair

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Top Ten Tuesday – Top 10 Guilty Pleasure Movies

10 June 2014 6:12 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

I have a curious habit, maybe you have it too, if you are a real movie geek, film fan, cinema addict, what have you.

A certain number of movies that I have seen and loved with all my heart were losers at the box office or were mercilessly slammed by critics, usually both. This doesn’t happen all the time, mind you. I know a bad movie when I see one. But several times I have seen a movie on opening day and loved it so much I was sure it would be a big hit and be loved by critics and film goers, nope, not all the time.

Here then is my own personal and highly eccentric top ten list, with some honorable mentions, of movies that lost out, yet I love them still, many of them desperately, hysterically, madly do I love these films, well anyway… let me tell you about it. »

- Sam Moffitt

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’47 Ronin’ Blu-ray Review

3 June 2014 2:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano, Min Tanaka, Jin Akanishi, Masayoshi Haneda, Hiroshi Sogabe, Takato Yonemoto, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Rinko Kikuchi | Written by Chris Morgan, Hossein Amini | Directed by Carl Rinsch

An ancient Japanese legend tells the story of 47 samurai, seeking revenge on a rival warlord who killed their master and banished them from their homeland, making them ‘Ronin’. 47 Ronin is the Hollywood take on this legend, throwing magic, giant beasts and fantasy adventure into the mix as the Ronin, lead by a ‘half breed’ known as ‘Kai’ (Keanu Reeves), seek to destroy Lord Kira (Tadanobu Asano) and his witch protector (Rinko Kikuchi) and restore their honour.

The first thing to be said about 47 Ronin is that it is very CGI heavy. Some people find that kind of thing very annoying, although in this case I felt it did add a lot to the film. The magic felt a lot more potent, »

- Richard Axtell

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MK2 boards Naomi Kawase’s An

13 May 2014 11:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Paris-based company adds trio of Japanese titles to slate.

French MK2 has picked up sales on Japanese director Naomi Kawase’s An about the friendship between a baker and an old lady who bond over a passion for traditional red bean pastries.

The Paris-based company has also acquired Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s supernatural love story Journey To The Shore, about a dead man who takes his wife on one last trip together, and Masa Sawada’s documentary I, Kamikaze, revolving around the memoirs of Fujio Hayashi, one of the last surviving coordinators of Japan’s Second World War suicide missions.  

The company has also added French director Christophe Honoré’s Metamorphoses - a re-telling of Ovid’s classic poem set in contemporary France using a young, unknown cast - to the slate.

MK2 is also handling Kawase’s Still the Water, a coming of age tale set on a remote Japanese island, which will premiere »

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47 Ronin DVD Review

9 May 2014 3:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Carl Rinsch

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano, Min Tanaka, Jin Akanishi, Rinko Kikuchi, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

Running Time: 118 Minutes

Certificate: 12

47 Ronin is a Hollywood adaptation of a true story from Japan. It is helmed by a first time director, has faced much studio interference, and has its theatrical release delayed for over a year. The film should be a write-off. Yet, it is far from such. 47 Ronin is at times a magnificent big scale adventure film that is a lot more serious and thoughtful than many of its multiplex counterparts. It’s still very messy, mostly in terms of pacing and the cohesion between scenes, but it is very easy to see some specks of greatness as well. Even in its chopped form, it is still highly enjoyable, especially when it comes alive in its action sequences.

The film follows the true story of a group »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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First Live-Action 'Lupin III' Trailer

26 April 2014 3:09 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The first trailer for the live-action adaptation of Lupin III has arrived. Shun Oguri stars as Ars&#232ne Lupin III, the world's greatest thief. Watch as Interpol Inspector Zenigata (Tadanobu Asano) begins his worldwide hunt for this infamous anti-hero from the iconic Japanese Manga. No U.S. release date has been announced just yet. It makes its debut in Japan on August 30.

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Lupin III comes to theaters in 2014 and stars Tadanobu Asano, Nick Tate, Meisa Kuroki, Jerry Yan, Shun Oguri, David Asavanond, Nirut Sirichanya, Geoffrey Giuliano. The film is directed by Ryûhei Kitamura. »

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2014 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: 46th Directors’ Fortnight

16 April 2014 6:05 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Hovering around the twenty-one to twenty-four feature film mark with at least a quarter of those films belonging to first time filmmakers, the Quinzaine des Realisateurs (a.k.a Directors’ Fortnight) has in the past couple of years, counted on a healthy supply of French, Spanish and Belgium produced film items, and has been geared towards the offbeat genre items as with last year’s edition curated by Edouard Waintrop and co. To be unveiled on the 22nd, as we attempted with our Critics’ Week predix, Blake Williams, Nicholas Bell and I (Eric Lavallee) are thinking out loud and hedging our bets on what the section might look like or what the programmers might be looking at for 2014. Here is our predictions overview:


Six years after presenting Vinyan at the Venice Film Festival, Fabrice Du Welz finally returns with potentially not one, but a pair of works for the ’14 campaign. »

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Review: 47 Ronin

10 April 2014 1:13 PM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

Properly channeling Japanese culture for American audiences has been a challenge given how different our tastes and expectations are. We find the content of much of their Manga and anime either not to our taste or outright incomprehensible. So, the challenge of adapting their bushido Edo-era and adding in some powerful fantasy into 47 Ronin was going to be a challenge. Mix in American performer Keanu Reeves as a half-breed you have an uphill challenge in making the film palatable to enough moviegoers to justify the $170 million budget.

It has some terrific concepts and incredible visuals but it’s a mess of a movie, with a long, sluggish middle that loses the audience. Even amazing CG and a strong Asian cast can’t support a messy script.

The story, in short: Lord Asano Naganori (Min Tanaka) is disgraced after the efforts of Lord Kira (Tadanobu Asano), conspires with a shape-shifting witch »

- Robert Greenberger

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Blu-ray Review: 2013 Hollywood Disaster ‘47 Ronin’ Rescued by Mediocrity

9 April 2014 11:28 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – If you’ve ever wondered what the difference is between a director and a producer, let “47 Ronin” explain how the hierarchy of creativity hinders the evolution of even the most straightforward-sounding pitches. “47 Ronin” is the type of samurai movie set in Japan that features native actors speaking only English, while Keanu Reeves stars as an outsider clearly plunked into the picture for stateside star power.

Co-written by Chris Morgan (the writer behind the “Fast & Furious” renaissance) and Hossein Amini (who wrote “Drive”), the film is directed by first-time helmer Carl Rinsch, whose popular science-fiction short “The Gift” is available for a look on Youtube. And even with the hands of Amini, Morgan, and Rinsch, the film’s vision is lost in a desperate appeal to fit different pieces that do not work together.

Better taken in the vacant mindset of a late night viewing, if at all, “47 Ronin” is »

- (Adam Fendelman)

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8 Minutes Of Deleted Scenes From 47 Ronin

5 April 2014 10:07 AM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Keanu Reeves makes an explosive return to action-adventure in 47 Ronin. After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and restore honor to their people. Driven from their homes and dispersed across the land, this band of Ronin must seek the help of Kai (Reeves)—a half-breed they once rejected—as they fight their way across a savage world of mythic beasts, shape-shifting witchcraft and wondrous terrors. As this exiled, enslaved outcast becomes their most deadly weapon, he will transform into the hero who inspires this band of outnumbered rebels to seize eternity. 47 Ronin was directed by Carl Rinsch, from a screenplay written by Chris Morgan and Hossein Amini. The cast includes: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano, Rinko Kikuchi and Ko Shibasaki. The film will be released on December 25, 2013. Merry Christmas, dude! »

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'47 Ronin' Blu-ray Review

3 April 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I debated whether I should watch 47 Ronin or not. It seemed to me the page view alternative was embarrassing myself by posting fan altered pictures from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles teaser trailer so I opted for Ronin. Suffice to say, the result wasn't going to be pretty either way. Originally scheduled to hit theaters November 2012 before finally hitting theaters December 2013, the final reported budget for this retelling of the classic Japanese tale was $175 million. Throughout the course of production there was talk of just how bad things had gotten and, at the time, the budget was said to have ballooned to over $225 million. After watching all 118 minutes of this film (ten of which are the closing credits) it would appear the money was spent on crummy visual effects, but mostly production design as several massive sets, aided by CGI, were created only to eventually present a picture that never feels authentic, »

- Brad Brevet

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'47 Ronin' Mythical Style Featurette with Keanu Reeves | Exclusive

1 April 2014 10:59 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Universal Studios Home Entertainment released the samurai action-thriller 47 Ronin on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and, DVD today, April 1st. Keanu Reeves brings his martial arts skills back to the silver screen as Kai, an outcast who bands together with a group of samurai warriors to take on a horde of mythical creatures and evil witches as they fight to reclaim their homeland. In honor of the Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and, DVD release, we have an exclusive featurette that takes fans behind-the-scenes with Keanu Reeves, as he explains where his character is coming from on the set, along with director Carl Rinsch, who gives us more insight into the mythical style of this story.

Based on an epic story, this extraordinary tale of inspiring courage has its origins in the early 18th century. After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and reclaim their honor. »

- MovieWeb

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47 Ronin review: they’re not having much fun storming the castle

1 April 2014 6:02 AM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

A handsome movie in many ways, but it feels like an unpolished first draft, one that can’t quite decide how fantastical it wants to be. I’m “biast” (pro): like Keanu Reeves more than most

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

This umpteenth iteration of the Japanese legend of the 47 ronin, or masterless samurai warriors, has its fair share of problems, but not as many as you’ve heard, and not as many as the presence of poor Keanu Reeves — who has unfairly become a cinematic punchline — may have led you to believe. Stolid, stoic Reeves (The Day the Earth Stood Still, Street Kings) is well-cast as the half-Japanese, half-British Kai, whose status as an outcast in xenophobic 18th-century Japan means he has to keep his eyes down and his mouth shut, and the actor maintains a modest presence throughout, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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