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Takumi Saitoh, Seiko Matsuda to star in Eric Khoo's 'Ramen Teh'

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The film tells the story of a young ramen chef from Japan.

Japanese stars Takumi Saitoh and Seiko Matsuda have joined the cast of Singaporean filmmaker Eric Khoo’s upcoming foodie drama Ramen Teh.

Singapore’s Mark Lee and Jeanette Aw also star in the film, which will be co-produced by Khoo’s Zhao Wei Films and Wild Orange Artists. Also joining the ensemble cast are Tsuyoshi Ihara, Tetsuya Bessho and Singaporean theatre actress Beatrice Chien.

The film, which has started shooting in Singapore, tells the story of a young ramen chef from Japan who travels to Singapore to learn more about his Singaporean mother who died when he was ten years old.

Japanese chef Keisuke Takeda and Singapore food blogger Dr Leslie Tay have been tapped to consult on the culinary scenes in the film.

Singapore’s Clover Films will distribute the film locally. Theatrical release is scheduled for the second quarter of 2018.
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Eric Khoo Cooks Up ‘Ramen Teh’ With Japan’s Seiko Matsuda, Takumi Saitoh

Japanese superstar, Matsuda Seiko (“Armageddon,” “Drop Dead Gorgeous”) has joined the cast of “Ramen Teh,” the new film project by Cannes regular Eric Khoo.

The film, the story of a young Japanese ramen (noodle) chef who seeks out memories of his late mother in Singapore, also stars Saitoh Takumi (“13 Assassins,” “Ace Attorney”), Singapore’s Mark Lee and Jeanette Aw. Other cast attachments include Tsuyoshi Ihara, Tetsuya Bessho and veteran stage actress Beatrice Chien.

Production is now underway in Singapore, with chef Keisuke Takeda and Singapore food blogger Leslie Tay as culinary advisors. Delivery is expected in the second quarter of 2018. Khoo has been in Cannes with previous films including “Tatsumi” and “My Magic.”

The film is produced by Zhao Wei Films and Wild Orange Artists, and finance from the Singapore Film Commission. It will be distributed in Singapore by Clover Films.

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Examining Hollywood Remakes—Gamera: Guardian of the Universe

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Okay, we’re cheating this week. This isn’t a Hollywood film; it’s from Japan. So why are we breaking the rules? Because we can! (These are Our rules.) This week, Cinelinx looks at Gamera: Guardian of the Universe.

The first Gamera film was produced by Daiei Studios in 1965. It was clearly meant to cash in on the success of the popular Godzilla film franchise. The concept of a giant turtle that defends Earth from monsters may seem like a dopey idea—and truthfully, it is—but it’s so much fun, and Gamera is one of the best creations of the Kaiju genre.

Gamera: Guardian of the Universe (1995), which was released 30 years later, is a reboot of the franchise (inspired by the well-received Godzilla reboot series of the late 80s-Early 90s) However, it’s not so much a remake of the first 1965 Gamera film as it is a
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Japan’s Village launches 'Asura', 'Midare Uguisu'

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Two productions being introduced to buyers at Hong Kong Filmart.

Japan’s Village Inc. is launching sales on samurais-battling-demons story Asura and avenging samurai love story Midare Uguisu at Filmart.

The films are part of Geki Cine’s portfolio which, motivated by fans who complained their star-powered stage plays’ runs were too limited, started shooting the productions two times each with 20 HD cameras, and then doing post-production including sound mixing and special effects at Warner Brothers.

Hiroyuki Hata, director of International Operations at Village Inc. said: “The productions have much more work in them than your average independent film. For instance, top notch sound mixing by BAFTA winner Mike Prestwood Smith, who has worked on films such as Casino Royale and Mission: Impossible

Directed by Hidenori Inoue and written by Kazuki Nakashima (Kill La Kill), Asura stars Somegoro Ichikawa (Semishigure), Yuki Amami (Amalfi), Tsuyoshi Ihara (Thirteen Assassins).

Midare Uguisu as a film is in pre-production with Izumi Inamori
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The 100 Best Films of the 21st Century (So Far) - Part 1: #100-76

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A new year means an opportunity to reflect on the past. This is our list of the 100 best films of the last 15 years, Part 1 #100 through 76.

The first decade and a half of the 21st century has brought a lot of changes to the landscape of film. The advancement and sophistication of computers has made realistic computer generated effects a mainstay in both big-budget and small-budget films. The internet and streaming technologies have given big Hollywood new competition in films produced independently and by non-traditional means. We went from purchasing films on yards of tape to plastic disks, and now we can simply upload them to the cloud. Advertisements for films have reached a higher, more ruthless level where generating hype through trailers and teasers is crucial for a film’s commercial success. Movie attendance has fluctuated along with the economy, but that hasn’t stopped films from breaking box office records,
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‘Last Knights’ Review

Stars: Clive Owen, Morgan Freeman, Aksel Hennie, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Ahn Sung-ki, Giorgio Caputo, Daniel Adegboyega, Shohreh Aghdashloo, James Babson, Brian Caspe, Cliff Curtis, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Ayelet Zurer | Written by Michael Konyves, Dove Sussman | Directed by Kazuaki Kiriya

Set in an age of honour and justice by the sword, Last Knights tells the story of Raiden (Owen) – a fallen warrior who must rise up against a corrupt and sadistic ruler to avenge Bartok (Freeman), his dishonoured master. Think of the film as something akin to Seven Samurai but set in the middle ages and you’ll be somewhere close.

If I’m honest, I’m not the biggest fan of historical epics – give me a down and dirty, straight to DVD schlockfest over one any day. However when said historical epic the English language debut of famed Japanese director Kazuaki Kiriya (Casshern, Goemon), I can’t help but put my prejudices aside.
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New Last Knights Trailer Stars Clive Owen And Morgan Freeman

New Last Knights Trailer Stars Clive Owen And Morgan Freeman
We've had First Knight, now prepare for Last Knights, an altogether more doom-laden, Game Of Thrones-like affair in which Clive Owen gets early-medieval in the name of vengeance and there’s minimal jousting. The film has a new trailer and poster to share below.brightcove.createExperiences();A mash-up of European epics and Japanese samurai adventure (overseen by a veteran of the latter), Last Knights introduces Owen as Raiden, member of a warrior caste in service to a worthy nobleman played by Morgan Freeman. All’s well in this unnamed if wintry land until Headhunters’ Aksel Hennie appears as the emperor’s emissary and skulls start getting seriously dugged.Hennie is the big bad here, boasting a snarly visage, terrible villain hair and a sinister henchmen in Tsuyoshi Ihara (Letters From Iwo Jima). Behind you can say “get busy living or get busy dying”, Morgan has got busy dying and Owen
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Film Review: ‘Last Knights’

Film Review: ‘Last Knights’
About 20 minutes or so into the bizarre European/Asian/Middle Eastern fusion cuisine that is “Last Knights,” Morgan Freeman delivers a speech as only Morgan Freeman can — the sort of blazingly eloquent, morally fiery declaration of principles that usually precedes a character’s righteous victory or his agonizing defeat. Freeman exits far too soon, but his presence is enough to momentarily jog your interest in this cut-rate, off-Hollywood debut for Japanese action helmer Kaz I Kiriya, starring Clive Owen as a medieval fighter who seeks to avenge his master’s death. Rapidly tilting into so-clever-it’s-stupid territory, the story hinges on the sort of dramatic plot twist that exists mainly to delay the inevitable bloodletting for as long as possible, though when it finally arrives, the mayhem is engaging enough on its own workmanlike terms. Following a brief theatrical window, the Lionsgate release should swing and parry its way into respectable VOD play.
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AFM: Morgan Freeman, Clive Owen’s ‘Last Knights’ Sees Strong International Sales

AFM: Morgan Freeman, Clive Owen’s ‘Last Knights’ Sees Strong International Sales
Arclight Films has sold key international markets on historical action film “Last Knights,” starring Clive Owen, Morgan Freeman, Cliff Curtis and Tsuyoshi Ihara.

The film was produced by Lucy Kim and directed by Japanese helmer Kazuaki Kiriya, who also directed 2009′s “Goemon.”

The script, written by Michael Konyves and Dove Sussman, centers on a knight who seeks vengeance when his lord is unjustly executed by a tyrannical emperor.

Sales were closed during Afm for Pioneer Films for the Philippines, Pt Amero Mitra for Indonesia, Ram Indo for Malaysia, Viswaas for India, Mediaset España for Spain, Signature for the U.K., Wild Bunch for Germany, Artfilm for C.I.S. and Transmission Films for Australia.
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First Poster Art And Images From Kiriya Kazuaki's The Last Knights

As post production is currently underway for Kiriya Kazuaki's English-Language debut, The Last Knights, a new poster art and several new images have arrived, giving us our first look at Clive Owen and Morgan Freeman. The action adventure is a Us/Korean co-production featuring an international cast that includes Cliff Curtis (The Last Airbender), Tsuyoshi Ihara (Ninja, 13 Assassins), Sung-kee Ahn (The Tower) and Park Si-yeon (Dachimawa Lee).A knight seeks vengeance when his lord is unjustly executed by a tyrannical emperor.Knight's commander Raiden receives an honor above all else when Bartok, his childless lord, names him as his heir. But his happiness is destroyed when the emperor's evil emissary Mott forces him to behead his surrogate father, and casts him and his men out of their...

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Quick Shooter: A Clint Eastwood Profile (Part 5)

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood in the fifth of a five part feature (read parts one, two, three and four)...

“Maybe the title of Space Cowboys [2000] is a bit misleading because it is mostly about the pioneers of space,” stated Clint Eastwood when discussing the story about four former test pilots from the 1950s who decades later get an opportunity to go into outer space. “We were not really cowboys, but these men who did all the pioneering in the 1950s were going to the frontier of space in planes they were not sure could make it. They were being rocketed along on the ground faster than the speed of sound to see if the human body could take it, so I would say that the film is something of a homage to those gentlemen.” The action thriller with a production budget of $65 million stars Clint Eastwood,
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DVD Review: 13 Assassins

13 Assassins

Stars: Koji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yusuke Iseya, Mikijiro Hira, Hiroki Matsukata | Written by Daisuke Tengan & Shoichiro Ikemiya | Directed by Takashi Miike

“In mid-19th Century Japan the era of the samurai is beginning to fade as the feudal nation begins to enjoy a rare period of peace. But the fragile calm is soon threatened by the bloody rise of Lord Naritsugu, the Shogun’s sadistic, psychopathic younger brother, whose position places him above the law and free to rape, mutilate and murder on a whim. Concerned that Naritsugu’s actions will eventually destroy the Shogunate, top Shogun official Sir Doi covertly calls on esteemed and noble samurai warrior Shinzaemon Shimada (Koji Yakusho) to assassinate the evil Lord before it is too late. Shinzaemon willingly agrees and immediately gathers together an elite group of samurai to assist him in the task, knowing that what they are about to embark upon
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13 Assassins Trailer

13 Assassins Trailer
The first trailer has been released for the upcoming Takashi Miike samurai adventure 13 Assassins, which will be released in theaters nationwide on April 29. Click on the video player below to take a look at this new period adventure.

Click to watch 13 Assassins Trailer!

Cult director Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Audition) delivers a bravado period action film set at the end of Japan's feudal era in which a group of unemployed samurai are enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord and prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the country into a wartorn future.

13 Assassins comes to theaters April 29th, 2011 and stars Kôji Yakusho, Yusuke Iseya, Tsuyoshi Ihara. The film is directed by Takashi Miike.
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SXSW Film 2011 Cheat Sheet

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...Or we should say "Cheat Sheets" since this year's SXSW Film Festival boasts over 140 films, requiring more than just one page to cover every single one of the narrative and documentary features that will be playing in Austin from March 11th through 19th. While the festival has already provided a very helpful schedule to flip through and Pdf of the screening grid online, consider this your quick hit guide to all the features at the festival - every title leads to its corresponding festival page in addition to links to trailers, official sites, filmmakers' Facebook pages and Twitter accounts so you can follow the action from the festival or from home.

Meanwhile, there will be plenty of action during these next two weeks on IFC.com where, in addition to our live video page, Matt Singer (@mattsinger) and I (@mfrushmore) will be filing reviews and interviews throughout the film festival.
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Contest: Win Essential Eastwood: Director's Collection on Blu-ray!

Essential Eastwood: Director's Collection was just released in a four-disc DVD and Blu-ray set on June 1 and we just have to celebrate this collection with some of the best films directed by the legendary Clint Eastwood. We have a new contest running and we're giving away copies of this new Bd set to our readers. You know these high-def sets will go fast, so be sure to enter this contest today.

Winners Receive:

Essential Eastwood: Director's Collection four-disc Blu-ray set

to win this brand new Blu-ray set today.

Letters From Iwo Jima Japanese soldiers defend the Pacific island against invading Americans during World War II. General Kuribayashi (Ken Watanabe) and his men transform what might have been swift defeat into nearly 40 days of resourceful combat.

Million Dollar Baby "I don't train girls," boxing manager Frankie Dunn growls. But one wins his respect and earns her shot at success in a
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'Ninja' - First 2 minutes and a new clip from the Scott Adkins starrer from First Look.

The "Ninja" group has two fresh clips. Check out the first two minutes of the movie as well as a "Battle in the Rain" clip. The First Look release is out on March 2nd and stars Scott Adkins, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Mika Hijii, Todd Jensen, Togo Igawa, Garrick Hagon and Miles Anderson. Isaac Florentine directs from the writing by Zaki Rubenstein, Boaz Davidson and Michael Hurst. Produced by Boaz Davidson, Les Weldon and Danny Lerner. It remains as true today as it did in the days of the ancient Samurai: the weapons of the Ninja hold legendary powers for both good men and evil. The deadly weapons of the last Koga Ninja have now been entrusted to an American Ninjutsu student (Scott Adkins, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Expendables, Undisputed) studying in Japan...
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'Ninja' trailer and images added.

See the trailer and pics from First Look Studios "Ninja," starring Scott Adkins, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Mika Hijii, Todd Jensen, Togo Igawa, Garrick Hagon and Miles Anderson. The actioner is helmed by Isaac Florentine ("Undisputed II: Last Man Standing") from the writing by Boaz Davidson, Michael Hurst and Zaki Rubenstein. It remains as true today as it did in the days of the ancient Samurai: the weapons of the Ninja hold legendary powers for both good men and evil. The deadly weapons of the last Koga Ninja have now been entrusted to an American Ninjutsu student (Scott Adkins, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Expendables, Undisputed) studying in Japan. Commanded by his Sensei to return to New York and protect the weapons at all cost, he must defeat the skilled...
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Ninja: Review

Director: Isaac Florentine. Review: Tim Irwin. It’s hard to believe that two movies with the word Ninja in the title came out in the same year, and were both made in the same country. Indeed, while Ninja Assassin [reviewed here] went over the top with CGI blood and absurd violence, Ninja feels a little more credible in terms of story and characters. Granted, its primary ninja looks more like a cyborg assassin or Batman than a martial arts expert, but don’t let that detract from the experience. Scott Adkins stars as Casey Bowman, an American who has grown up in a dojo his whole life. I wasn’t familiar with Adkins either, but a quick glance at his filmography turns up small parts in blockbusters like X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Bourne Ultimatum, and the lesser-known Unleashed (starring Jet Li). Casey has spent his life studying martial arts, and as time
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Ninja featurettes and behind the scenes

When I was a kid there was nothing better than a Ninja. I watched anything and everything to do with the dark warriors, including those dubbed shows on the USA network. So a movie called Ninja has to be great right? Well, we’ll find out when the film comes out … until then here’s a slew of featurettes giving you more than enough throwing stars to keep you jonesin’ for more.

Ninja is directed by Isaac Florentine and starring Scott Adkins, Tsuyoshi Ihara, Mika Hijii

A featurette for Ninja which takes a behind the scenes look at the making of the film.

A featurette for Ninja entitled “The Yoroi Bitsu” which takes a behind the scenes look at the Yoroi Bitsu.

A featurette for Ninja entitled “The Art of The Dojo” which takes a behind the scenes look at the art of the Dojo.

A featurette for Ninja entitled
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Extra Ninja Behind-the-Scenes Goodness from Scott Adkins’ Ninja

Some new images and a new, 6-minute behind-the-scenes look at the making of Scott Adkins’ “Ninja”, featuring cast interviews and additional footage not seen before. Plus, the girls express their appreciation of Scott Adkins’ hunkiness, while there are some new ninja action for the boys. Mind you, I’m not saying some of you boys can’t also appreciate Scott Adkins’ hunkiness. Ahem. Directed by Isaac Florentine, the film stars Scott Adkins as our ninja hero, Tsuyoshi Ihara as our ninja villain, Mika Hijii as our spry Japanese love interest, Todd Jensen as our befuddled New York cop. They are joined by Togo Igawa, Garrick Hagon, Miles Anderson, Valentin Ganev , Kenji Motomiya, and Nikolai Sotirov. Via Scott Adkins Fanz and the “Ninja” YouTube channel. This is apparently the first of 3 behind-the-scenes featurette. We’ll add them here as they’re added to the channel. Behind-the-Scenes: Part 1
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