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Movie Review - Dreams for Sale (2012)

Dreams for Sale (Japan: Yume uru futari), 2012.

Written and Directed by Miwa Nishikawa.

Starring Teruyuki Kagawa, Yûsuke Iseya and Takako Matsu.


Married couple Kanya and Satoko are left devastated when their izakaya restaurant burns to the ground. Kanya’s continuous drunken stupor and rejection of his wife’s optimism leads to a drunken one-night stand. Initially angry, Satoko soon sees in Kanya’s betrayal a means to finance their dream of a new restaurant.

Dreams for Sale concludes the end of a three year absence from filmmaking for Japanese director Miwa Nishikawa. A celebrated filmmaker within contemporary Japanese cinema, her 2009 nomination for a Naoki Literature award set her aside as an accomplished storyteller across narrative mediums. Dreams for Sale is a tale of marriage fraud, though Nishikawa has admitted that it is a fictionalised account of the subject.

Perhaps best known for her performance of a vengeful school teacher in 2009’s Confessions,
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BFI London Film Festival 2012 – ‘Dreams For Sale’, a modestly played, humorous and occasionally moving drama

Dreams For Sale (Yume uru futari )

Directed by Miwa Nishikawa

Written by Miwa Nishikawa

Starring Yûsuke Iseya, Teruyuki Kagawa, Takako Matsu, Rena Tanaka

The financial downturn continues to provide fresh ingredients, more food for though in this bittersweet Japanese comedy drama, in which a stuggiling couple have just suffered an economic tragedy as an accidental fire has gutted their modest Shibuya situated izakaya restaurant. Kanya (Yûsuke Iseya) and Satoko’s (Teruyuki Kagawa) marriage was already under financial and emotional strain, and a night of lonely drinking leads to Satoko to sleep with a drunk woman he meets on the subway, the next morning she convinces him to take a stack of yen and put it too good use, as it was guiltily donated to her by her mortally sick lover unbeknownst to his wife and children. Initially furious Kanya suddenly has an eureka moment, and wonders if lightning can strike
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Iseya, Kagawa, Shofukutei join cast of Miwa Nishikawa’s “Yume Uru Futari”

Today more cast members were announced for Miwa Nishikawa’s next film Yume Uru Futari. The new additions are Yusuke Iseya, Teruyuki Kagawa, and Tsurube Shofukutei.

Kagawa has previously worked with Nishikawa in both Sway and Dear Doctor, the latter of which starred Shofukutei.

Although Iseya hasn’t appeared in any of her films, they did work together on the set of Distance in 2001 when she was Hirokazu Kore-eda’s assistant director.

Today also saw the release of a new poster for the film. It features the two main stars—Sadao Abe and Takako Matsu—looking particularly shell-shocked with a small tagline under them which translates to something like “Humanity’s greatest enigma, man and woman”.

In the film, their characters are a married couple who conspire to commit marriage fraud. The targets of their scam are played by Lena Tanaka, Sawa Suzuki, Tae Kimura, Tamae Ando, and Yuka Ebara,
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More cast members revealed for Shion Sono’s “The Land of Hope”

Last year, director Shion Sono chose to film his live-action adaptation of Himizu in an area devastated by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, incorporating the effects of disaster into the story. With his next film, The Land of Hope, he’s going a step further by making a human drama about a family living within the evacuation radius of a damaged nuclear power plant during the disaster.

It was previously known that the story would focus on three primary couples played by Isao Natsuyagi, Naoko Otani, Jun Murakami, Megumi Kagurazaka, Yutaka Shimizu, and Hikari Kajiwara—with Denden playing someone with important ties to the main family. Today it was revealed that Daikichi Sugawara, Takashi Yamanaka, and Kenzo Kawarazaki would also star.

Additionally, the film will boast a fairly large cast of established actors in smaller supporting roles including Yusuke Iseya, Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Fusako Urabe, Gitan Ohtsuru, Satoshi Matsuo, Shiro Namiki,
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The Alamo Drafthouse’s Top 10 Films of 2011

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It's no secret that the Alamo Drafthouse is the best theater chain in the country. Sure, it's small, but the passion they have to create the perfect environment to watch a movie is unparalleled. Case in point, their hugely popular No Texting [1] public service announcements, incredible in-theater food selection, stunning repertory screenings and so much more. As the new year begins, the entire staff of the Drafthouse voted on their favorite films of 2011 and selected /Film as the outlet to exclusively premiere their list. It's extremely eclectic (The Muppets, Beginners and 13 Assassin all made the cut) but you'd be hard pressed to find a better cross section of the best 2011 had to offer. Check it out after the jump. Here's the explanation of the list and how it came together. Members of the Alamo Drafthouse team each submitted their Top 10 films of 2011, which were then aggregated into one master list of spectacular cinema.
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DVD Releases: '13 Assassins'

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From Takashi Miike - the twisted genius behind cult J-horrors Audition (1999) and Ichi the Killer (2001) - comes 13 Assassins (2010), a traditionalist yet bloody take on the samurai action adventure film which was rightly nominated for the Golden Lion at the 2010 Venice Film Festival. Released to near-unanimous critical acclaim back in May, 13 Assassins now makes its way onto DVD and Blu-ray from Monday 5 September, and stars Kôji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada and Yûsuke Iseya.

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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 DVD Review

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Set in 19th century feudal Japan, 13 Assassins is the story of well, thirteen assassins who are recruited to take out a sadistic overlord named Naritsugu (Goro Inagaki) before he finds protection with another clan and continues his spree of brutal dominance. How brutal is he? Well, let’s see… he slices off appendages of women he grows tired of (not to be cliché and only cut off arms and legs, Naritsugu goes for the legendary resonance by removing their tongues, too) and shoots arrows at bound children for no other reason than he can. The thirteen assassins of the film’s title are assembled by the samurai Shinzaemon (Koji Yakusho), who is given top-secret orders to do so by another lord, Sir Doi (Mikijiro Hira). The plan is to ambush Naritsugu on his trek and wipe him out with extreme prejudice. Let the games begin, after the jump. The resemblances
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New this Week: ‘Horrible Bosses,’ ‘Zookeeper’ and ‘Hobo with a Shotgun (DVD)’

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

Horrible BossesJason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis

ZookeeperKevin James, Rosario Dawson, Leslie Bibb

Movie of the Week

Horrible Bosses

The Stars: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis

The Plot: Three friends conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realize they are standing in the way of their happiness.

The Buzz: I can’t say that I’m terribly excited about this film — I’d rather go see Super 8 (again) or Transformers 3 (again). Still, anything’s better than Zookeeper. Bateman is great, and the actors populating these horrible bosses are all battle-tested in the realm of good comedy (Jennifer Aniston = Office Space, Colin Farrell = In Bruges, Kevin Spacey = Hurlyburly). When he’s on, Seth Gordon is a phenomenal director (see The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters), so this should be at least good. The trailer was pretty unimpressive though
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Contest: 13 Assassins (2010) DVD: Takashi Miike, Koji Yakusho

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We have a contest, giveaway, sweepstakes for one copy of 13 Assassins (2010) on DVD for two (2) lucky winners. This 13 Assassins DVD contest, giveaway, sweepstakes illustrates 13 Assassins‘ release by Magnolia Home Entertainment on DVD and Blu-ray on July 5, 2011.

13 Assassins was directed by Takashi Miike and stars Koji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yusuke Iseya, Goro Inagaki, and Masachika Ichimura.

13 Assassins‘ plot synopsis: “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.”

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Blindness and Struggling Through Depravity: A Movie Review

*full disclosure: a DVD screener of this film was provided by Echo Bridge Entertainment.

Director: Fernando Meirelles.

Writers: Jose Saramago and Don McKellar.

Blindness originally released in 2008, starring Julianne Moore. Recently, Echo Bridge Entertainment has re-released this title for a reduced price ($6.99) and the film can be purchased at the distributor's website. Blindness deals with an ocular pandemic, which seemingly spreads from person to person, much like a virus. Soon cars crash in the streets, planes collide and general pandemonium breaks out. A proverb plays a central role in this film: "in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king" (Desiderius). And Julianne Moore as a doctor's wife is your king.

Initially, the virus begins an apocalypse via a blind driver. The source of infection is never fully explained. Impatient drivers vent their frustrations, while a car thief (Don McKellar) takes his (Yusuke Iseya) car. The blind man's
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Film Review: Takashi Miike’s ‘13 Assassins’ Presents Ballet of Blood

Chicago – You will see a lot of movies this season that don’t deliver on their set-up. Whether it’s because they’re setting up the audience for another installment in a blockbuster franchise or just the fact that movies made by big studio committees often drop the ball, it’s simply a fact. Whatever one can say about Takashi Miike’s “13 Assassins,” opening this weekend at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago and currently available On Demand, it absolutely, undeniably delivers the goods. And those goods are soaked in blood.

Rating: 4.0/5.0

If you’re unfamiliar with the prolific Miike, he earned a stateside following with a series of ultra-violent films and became a critical darling after releasing the terrifying “Audition.” With the kind of output that matches most entire studios, Takashi Miike has continued to make interesting films but only a handful make an impact in the U.S.
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13 Assassins Review

Having seen and enjoyed cult Japanese swordplay films before, including the original of this remake, I had a feeling I knew exactly how the plot of this particular period drama would develop and hoped that knowing the end of the story wouldn’t ruin the rest of the film. You see, the plot of these films are as old as the subject matter themselves, and have appeared in enough Hollywood films that even the most infrequent of film goers will know how it goes.

Fortunately, cult director Takeshi Miike - of Ichi the Killer and Audition fame - is able to refresh the subject matter and shows a genuine care in how the film is produced. The skilful craftsmanship of the director is present throughout and allows you to sit back and enjoy the simplicity of the spectacle unfolding before you; without being distracted by the inevitability of what will happen.
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This week's new films

Deep End (15)

(Jerzy Skolimowski, 1970, UK) John Moulder-Brown, Jane Asher. 92 mins

Where has this movie been for the past 40 years? It's as fresh and stylish a snapshot of late-60s Britain as we've ever seen, and a twisted coming-of-ager to boot. New kid Moulder-Brown wades into the depths of adulthood at the public bathhouse, and develops an unhealthy obsession with his worldlier colleague. The acting is natural, the soundtrack groovy (Can, Cat Stevens) and the visuals bold.

Hanna (12A)

(Joe Wright, 2011, Us/UK/Ger) Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, Eric Bana. 111 mins

A novel fusion of Bourne and The Wizard Of Oz, this thriller packs some visual punches (aided by a Chemical Brothers score) and trowels on the symbolism. Blanchett relishes her she-wolf role, hunting little teen assassin Ronan across Europe.

13 Assassins (15)

(Takashi Miike, 2010, Jap/UK) Kôji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yûsuke Iseya. 125 mins

Noble samurai spring a trap for an evil lord
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Contest: Win a 13 Assassins Poster Signed by Takashi Miike

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Contest: Win a 13 Assassins Poster Signed by Takashi Miike
13 Assassins, the new movie from acclaimed director Takashi Miike, is currently playing in theaters and we certainly have to celebrate this new release. We have a contest lined up and we're giving away official posters signed by Takashi Miike to give away to our readers. You know these signed one-sheets will go fast, so be sure to enter this contest today.

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13 Assassins poster signed by director Takashi Miike

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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
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13 Assassins

Director: Takashi Miike Writers: Kaneo Ikegami and Daisuke Tengan Cinematographer: Nobuyasu Kita Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yûsuke Iseya, Gorô Inagaki Studio/Running Time: Magnet Releasing, 126 min. While Takashi Miike’s name here in the United States will forever by synonymous with his ultra-violent pictures like Ichi the Killer and Audition, at this point he’s worked in pretty much every genre under the sun—not a huge surprise considering that he’s likely the most prolific director of all time (IMDb lists 83 projects he’s directed since 1991). Even so, there are still large consistencies to his pictures, which tend to boast...
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Yusuke Iseya cast as Tatsuya Fujiwara’s rival in ‘Kaiji 2’

Actor Yusuke Iseya has been cast as Tatsuya Fujiwara’s rival in Kaiji 2.

In the film, Kaiji faces the challenge of a monster pachinko machine called “Numa” with a massive potential payout of over 1 billion yen.

Iseya will play Seiya Ichijou, the young manager of the a casino who controls numa from a remote location, making it impossible for anyone to get the max payout.

Toho has also revealed that the film will be released in Japan on November 5, 2011.

Source: Cinema Today
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New UK trailer and poster for Takashi Miike’s ’13 Assassins’

Takashi Miike, the director responsible for such uncompromising and unforgettable movies as Audition and Ichi The Killer indelibly stamps his trademark style on the Samurai genre with the ultra-violent, all-action, blood-spattered epic, 13 Assassins.

Miike’s remake of Eichi Kudo’s classic 1963 samurai period action-drama Jusan-nin No Shikaku boasts a heavyweight cast featuring some of the biggest names in contemporary Japanese cinema, including Koji Yakusho (Babel; Memoirs Of A Geisha), Takayuki Yamada (252: Sign Of Life), Yusuke Iseya (Sukiyaki Western Django; Memories Of Matsuko; Casshern), Mikijiro Hira (Goemon) and Hiroki Matsukata (Tajomaru: Avenging Blade; Ichi).

We’ve just been sent the official UK trailer and poster (pictured above) for the film by the good folks at Artifical Eye, who unleash 13 Assassins into UK cinemas on May 6th 2011.
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4 Exclusive Images from Takashi Miike’s 13 Assassins

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We've been sent four exclusive images from Takashi Miike's new film 13 Assassins.  The movie takes place in feudal Japan and centers on a group of assassins who come together to kill an evil lord.  While Miike is (in)famous for his brutal and graphic films like Audition and Ichi the Killer, I've spoken to people who have seen 13 Assassins and been told it's far more accessible and not in the "Would You Like Nightmares Forever?" realm of his more famous films. Hit the jump to check out the images.  13 Assassins stars Kôji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, and Yûsuke Iseya.  The film is currently available via Video-on-Demand.  It opens in theaters in limited release on April 29th. [gallery link="file" order="Desc" columns="1"] Here's the official synopsis for 13 Assassins: Cult director Takeshi 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
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13 Assassins (2011)

Directed by Takashi Miike

Featuring Koji Yakushho, Takayuki Yamada, Yusuke Iseya, Goro Inagaki

It comes as no surprise that the latest outing from Takashi Miike (Audition, Ichi The Killer) is a no-holds barred celebration of the rituals of penetration – the sword-on-flesh variety.

13 Assassins plunges the audience straight into a swift hara-kiri ritual, and the dominant aesthetic of the movie subsequently involves metal tearing into muscle. Although he has worked in many different genres, from family films, to musicals, to taboo-breaking horror, Miike is perhaps at his best (and at his most internationally appealing – go figure!) when his narratives revolve around evisceration. 13 Assassins is his entry into the extensive jidaigeki genre, Japanese period drama about the Edo era, featuring samurai, shoguns, fleeing villagers, and lots of swordplay. Miike plays strictly by jidaigeki rules. Rather than reconstruction he sticks with tradition; every character is an archetype, every situation a set piece. The
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