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Junichi Mori’s Laundry

Although, in their vast majority, they are not at all well known outside Japan, indie dramas are probably the genre with the most entries in Japanese cinema. Among this plethora, “Laundry” is one of the films that stands apart.

Twenty-year-old Teru had an accident when he was a child that has impaired his intellectual ability, making him think and act like a little kid. Not having many options, he “works” at his grandma’s coin laundry, where he actually acts as a guard against perverts trying to steal women’s underwear. The regulars are a number of peculiar individuals, including a middle-aged photographer who has forcefully made Teru hang her framed photos on the wall of the shop, and a failed boxer, who after his latest loss decides to spend much of his time inside one of the washing machines. Teru’s life moves slowly and uneventfully, until Mizue, a gorgeous woman,
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Ntv adds 'Persona Non Grata' to Cannes line-up

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Ntv adds 'Persona Non Grata' to Cannes line-up
Exclusive: Japan’s Nippon Television (Ntv) has added Japanese historical drama Persona Non Grata, which was filmed entirely in Poland, to its Cannes slate.

Directed by Cellin Gluck, the film tells the true story of Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat working in Lithuania during the Second World War, who rescued more than 10,000 Jewish people by issuing them with transit visas through Japan to Curacao.

Gluck previously directed the Japanese version of Sideways. Persona Non Grata is produced by Tokyo-based Cine Bazar and had Poland’s Akson Studio on board as line producer. During the shoot, Polish cities doubled for Berlin, Moscow, Tokyo, New York, Bucharest and Lithuania.

Toshiaki Karasawa plays Sugihara and the cast also includes Koyuki (The Last Samurai), Agnieszka Grochowska (Walesa: Man Of Hope) and Borys Szyc (Snow White And Russian Red).

Ntv is holding an invitation-only work-in-progress screening of the film in Cannes. Japanese release is scheduled for December 2015.
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Japanese Period Drama ‘Persona Non Grata’ Wraps in Poland

London — Japanese historical drama “Persona Non Grata” has wrapped after shooting entirely in Poland, with Polish cities used as stand-ins for Berlin, Moscow, Tokyo, New York, Bucharest, and Kaunas and Klaipeda in Lithuania.

The film, which is produced by Tokyo-based Cine Bazar, centers on Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat working in Lithuania, who during World War II saved over 10,000 Jewish people, issuing them with transit visas through Japan to Curacao in the Caribbean.

The film is set in the period from 1934 until 1955, in Europe, Asia and North America. It was filmed entirely in Poland, mainly with Polish crew. Polish company Akson Studio, which recently produced epic war drama “Warsaw 44” and “Walesa: Man of Hope,” a biopic about the Solidarity leader Lech Walesa, was the line producer.

“Persona Non Grata” is directed by Cellin Gluck and features an international cast, composed of Japanese, Polish, French and Russian actors. Chiune Sugihara is
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Teaser for "Tantei wa Bar ni Iru" starring Yo Oizumi and Ryuhei Matsuda

Here’s the first teaser for Hajime Hashimoto’s Tantei wa Bar ni Iru, which recently surfaced on YouTube.

Based on Naomi Azuma’s novel “Bar ni Kakatte Kita Denwa”, the second installment of the author’s “Susukino Tantei” detective series, the film stars Yo Oizumi as a private detective who bases his business out of a bar in Susukino, a red-light district in Sapporo, Hokkaido. In keeping with that premise, Oizumi’s character turns to the audience in the teaser and says “If something comes up, call me here.”

One day, he receives a call from a mystery woman (revealed in the teaser as being played by Koyuki) who gets both he and his combative-yet-reliable partner Takada (Ryuhei Matsuda) involved in a dangerous new case. Toshiyuki Nishida also stars as a wealthy industrialist.

Toei will be releasing “Tantei wa Bar ni Iru” in Japan on September 10, 2011

Source: Cinema Today
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DVD Review: Kamui – The Lone Ninja

Kamui: The Lone Ninja

Stars: Ken’ichi Matsuyama, Koyuki, Koichi Sato, Ekin Cheng, Yuta Kanai, Suzuka Ohgo | Written by Sai and Kankuro Kudo | Directed by Yoichi San

It’s 17th century Japan and from a young age Kamui has been considered something of an outcast, even within his own ninja clan. Disillusioned with the laws and principles which dictate that he must use his skills to kill others, Kamui chooses to leave his past behind him and go in search of true freedom. But for a ninja freedom comes at a price and the only way to escape the bonds of the ninja brotherhood is to die.

Now a fugitive on the run from his clan, who are determined to hunt him down and eliminate him for his betrayal, Kamui finds himself constantly fighting for his life and unable to trust anyone. He eventually finds some solace when he meets
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Kamui: The Lone Ninja (2009) Movie Review

“Kamui: the Lone Ninja” is a live action adaptation of the legendary Japanese manga created back in 1964 by Sanpei Shirato, directed by Yoichi Sai, previously responsible for the harrowing Takeshi Kitano drama “Blood and Bones”. The film is a wild fantasy adventure, which enticingly offers not only ninja action and the usual clan wars, but also pirates, sharks, and battles on the high seas. Written by Sai and Kankuro Kudo (“Zebraman”, “Ping Pong”), the film features an all star cast headlined by Matsuyama Kenichi (Detroit Metal City), with support from Koyuki (“Blood: The Last Vampire”), Ito Hideaki (“Umizaru”), Tsuchiya Anna (“Sakuran”), and Ohgo Suzuka (“Into the Faraway Sky”), with an appearance from Hong Kong star Ekin Cheng (“The Storm Warriors”). The film now arrives on region 2 DVD and Blu Ray via Manga Entertainment. The film is set in 17th century Japan, and follows Kamui (Matsuyama Kenichi), a young ninja whose
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Live-Action Space Battleship Yamato Attacks with a Full Trailer

Previously only seen in glimpses as a teaser trailer, here’s your first full look at the big-budget live-action “Space Battleship Yamato” movie via YouTube. Based on the popular anime, the live-action movie is directed by Takashi Yamazaki (“Returner”), and stars Koyuki (last seen in “Blood: The Last Vampire”), Aya Ueto (star of the “Azumi” movies), and Takuya Kimura (“I Come with the Rain”). It was apparently shown during a Japanese TV show, hence the Pip with the people, uh, watching the trailer along with us. To save the human race once again facing the danger of extinction, the restored Yamato voyages in to outer space. The year is 2220. A black hole with a size 300 times larger than the sun approaches the Solar System and the earth is expected to fall in to massive black hole. A transmigration to the Sairam Star begins and the first convoy led by Kodai Yuki departs the earth.
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Trailer for Hideyuki Hirayama's "Shin-san: Tankou-machi no Serenade"

Well it took a while, but here’s the trailer for Hideyuki Hirayama‘s “Shin-san: Tankou-machi no Serenade”, an adaptation of a novel by Tomoki Tsujiuchi.

This project has been a pretty tough one to follow. It was originally announced simply as “Shin-san” and filming took place throughout all of Kyushu back in the Fall of 2008. However, distributor Goldrush Pictures never came up with a release plan and the completed film sort of got trapped in limbo. In the meantime, the title was changed to “Boku no, Suki na Hito.”, then changed again to it’s current title.

Plot: In 1963, Michiyo Tsujiuchi (Koyuki) returns to her coal mining hometown in Fukuoka with her elementary school-aged son, Mamoru. One day, Mamoru is being harassed by a group of rowdy kids when he’s suddenly rescued by a notorious tough boy named Shinichi, aka Shin-san. Shin-san’s parents died when he was young,
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Blood: The Last Vampire

  • The Cultural Post
First of all, I haven't seen this film's source material, which is the anime movie of the same name. Now, let's get straight to the point. This vampire action flick could have been way better. However, this film's problem is its short length, the lack of margin of manoeuvre for the cast and its excessive focus on sword fights.

Since the 16th century, Japan has been a feeding ground for demons. They live among mortals by physically passing off as human beings. Now, let's fast forward to the 1970s: Saya (Gianna Jun), the last being of human and vampire extraction on Earth, has lived as a loner for 400 years with one purpose. She seeks to kill all vampires, especially Onigen (Koyuki), the highest ranking and strongest vampire. Besides, Saya works for a secret organization known as "The Council". The latter sends her around the world to kill vampires and then
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DVD Review: Blood – The Last Vampire

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I’ve seen quite a few different reviews of this movie before I watched it and it’s difficult when you’re in that situation as you go into it with pre-coceived ideas. My expectations were very low because I hadn’t heard an awful lot of good things about the movie but, I think because of that, it turned out to be a little better than I expected.

Blood: The Last Vampire is directed by Chris Nahon and stars Gianna Jun, Allison Miller, Liam Cunningham, Jj Feild, Koyuki and, believe it or not, Larry Lamb who you’ll recognise from Eastenders and Gavin and Stacey. It’s a story about a young half-vampire, half-human (Jun), left to fight the demons that have invaded the earth. On the surface, Saya is a beautiful 16-year-old, but underneath that youthful exterior hides a tormented soul. When her human father was brutally murdered by Onigen,
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'Blood: The Last Vampire': Monster Mash, By Kurt Loder

Gianna Jun and Allison Miller on the Tokyo demon beat.

Gianna Jun in "Blood: The Last Vampire"

Photo: Sony Pictures

"Blood: The Last Vampire" is a Hong Kong-style action movie of the leap-kicking, sky-sailing, blood-spurting variety. It was made in English by a French TV-commercials director, with Korean, American and Irish stars, and lots and lots of demons of a rubberish sort that recall the Toho monster movies of 50 years ago. It's a picture with the unbridled high spirits of its low intentions, and it's a reasonable amount of fun.

This "Blood" is a live-action remake of the well-regarded 2000 Japanese anime film of the same title, with much new backstory shoveled in to clarify the sparse plot of the original (which was distinguished chiefly by its innovative digital environments). Once again we meet 16-year-old demon hunter Saya (Gianna Jun) on the Tokyo subway. Black-clad and broody, she's stalking a nervous
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Movie Review: Blood: The Last Vampire (2009)

Gianna Jun in Blood: The Last Vampire

Photo: Samuel Goldwyn Films Adapted from a short 43-minute Japanese anime of the same name, Blood: The Last Vampire is a direct-to-dvd quality theatrical release filled with digital blood droplets and enough quick editing to give you an eye-sore as director Chris Nahon does his best to hide the fact it was made on a limited budget. But I don't think the film could have been any better with the choppy script filled with bad dialogue and the "what kind of trouble can they get in next?" approach to the action. Topping it off, the supporting cast on display doesn't help matters. Strangely enough, I have a bit of a soft spot for direct-to-dvd quality films and sometimes wish I had more time to spend with the myriads of them that show up on my doorstep almost daily (such as that Vinnie Jones
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Interview: Producer Bill Kong on Latest Film ‘Blood: The Last Vampire’

Chicago – Bill Kong can rightly be considered the producer King of the Modern Samarai Film. After cutting his teeth on the seminal “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” his latest release is a new spin on the genre with “Blood, The Last Vampire.”

Rating: 3.5/5.0 Saya (Gianna Jun) is a mysterious vampire slayer in 1970 Japan who works as part of a covert government agency that hunts and kills the bloodsucking demons. Her samarai and fighting skills were carefully taught, and she has a secret that motivates her insatiable drive to pursue and destroy the concealed monsters.

Enter Alice Mckee (Allison Miller), the daughter of a general who is directing bombing missions in Vietnam out of a Toyko air base. She encounters Saya when the warrior goes undercover in her high school. After Alice witnesses Saya’s slaughter of two demons who were in the school, she joins forces with the slayer to go after the ultimate vampire,
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Blood: The Last Vampire - Trailer

UK trailer for director Chris Nahon live action adaption of Blood: The Last Vampire the now classic anime from 2000. French director Nahon previously directed Jet Li in Kiss of the Dragon and Jean Reno in Empire of the wolves.

"A vampire named Saya, who is part of covert government agency that hunts and destroys demons in a post-wwii Japan, is inserted in a military school to discover which one of her classmates is a demon is disguise."

Gianna Jun (My Sassy Girl, Uninvited) stars as government sponsored half breed vampire Saya. Liam Cunningham, Jj Feild, Koyuki and Colin Salmon also star.

The film opens in the UK on June 26th

*New International (UK) trailer added

Film Clips: Clip 1, Clip 2, Clip 3, Clip 4, Clip 5

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Blood: The Last Vampire - New Demon Slicing Clip

It almost feels like we do as much press for Chris Nahon's Blood: The Last Vampire as we do for that little Rob Zombie movie which will be kicking around in August. After all, what better way to counter-attack the mind-numbing effects of the new Haddonfield than with a hot Asian chick swinging a sword and cutting up the demonic foes that come her way?

"Directed by Chris Nahon (Kiss of the Dragon), Blood: The Last Vampire brings to life an English language live-action feature movie of the original Japanese anime feature film. Gianna (My Sassy Girl) stars in the film as Saya, a 400-year-old demon-hunting vampire slayer working undercover in Japan for a secret organization, on a mission in the Vietnam War era. The cast also includes Koyuki (The Last Samurai), Michael Byrne (Gangs of New York), Colin Salmon (Resident Evil), and Allison Miller (“Kings”)."

Blood: The Last Vampire
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"Blood: The Last Vampire" - See a new clip from the Samuel Goldwyn Films release

See a new clip from Samuel Goldwyn Films' action horror "Blood: The Last Vampire," starring Gianna Jun, Masiela Lusha, Allison Miller, Liam Cunningham, Jj Field, Koyuki, Michael Byrne, Colin Salmon, Andrew Pleavin, Larry Lamb, Constantine Gregory and Ailish OConnor. From Samuel Goldwyn Films, Blood: The Last Vampire brings to life an English language live-action feature movie of the original Japanese anime feature film from a producer of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero. Gianna (My Sassy Girl, Daisy) stars in the film as Saya, a 400-year-old demon-hunting vampire slayer working undercover in Japan for a secret organization...
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New Images From Live-Action ‘Blood: The Last Vampire’ Hit The ‘Net

Okay, I’ll admit not knowing much about the “Blood: The Last Vampire” other than it seems to be a favorite of anime- and manga-savvy friends of mine. But after seeing how well “Death Note,” one of my favorite series, was translated to the live-action medium, I’m willing to give anything a shot.

Samuel Goldwyn Films has released a big batch of images from the upcoming, live-action adaptation of “Blood:The Last Vampire,” which stars Gianna Jun as Saya, a 400-year-old, half-vampire assassin on a covert mission in Vietnam-era Japan. Tasked with infiltrating a military school to discover the identity of a hidden demon, Saya has to find out which one of her classmates is the deadly creature preying on humans.

Over at SciFi Wire, they’ve posted 10 of the images that were released today, but here’s a few of the pics that haven’t been seen elsewhere yet:
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Huge New Batch of Stills from Blood: The Last Vampire

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One thing's certain -- Samuel Goldwyn Films and Sony are pulling out all the stops to make sure people are aware of the upcoming Blood: The Last Vampire, which is being released July 10, 2009. Not only have they posted the first five minutes of the film, which you can watch here, but today they provided us with 20(!) brand-new stills.

In addition, Blood: The Last Vampire has joined the social networking world with pages on both Facebook and MySpace. Become a fan and befriend them ... you guys know the drill!

Finally, here's a more detailed synopsis for the flick: On the surface, Saya is a stunning 16-year-old girl, but that youthful exterior hides the tormented soul of a 400-year-old “halfling”. Born to a human father and a vampire mother, she has for centuries been a loner, obsessed with using her samurai skills to rid the world of vampires, all the while knowing
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New Images From ‘Blood: The Last Vampire’

Over at Sci-Fi Wire they’ve got ten, count ‘em, ten new images from the upcoming action/horror movie Blood: the Last Vampire. The film, a live-action adaptation of the cult hit manga, features the acting talents of Gianna Jun, Allison Miller, Masiela Lusha, Jj Feild and Koyuki. Its written by Chris Chow and directed by Chris Nahon.

In case you’re not familier with the story, Blood: The Last Vampire follows the adventures of Saya, a half-human, half-vampire samurai who’s job it is to destroy other vampires who kill humans. When demons infest the earth, Saya must join forces with a shadow society known as the Council and travel to an American military base where her journey will lead her to face the deadliest vampire of them all.

I don’t know about you, but I think this film looks pretty awesome. Vampires, samurais, sword fights, cute asian
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A Clip for Blood: The Last Vampire

Can’t get enough coverage on Blood: The Last Vampire? A 33 second clip for the live action film adaptation has been uploaded to the official Japanese Youtube channel. It features Jeon Ji-Hyun (Gianna Jun) as Sawa engaging in a sword duel with her arch nemesis Onigen played by Koyuki. I got two words to sum it up - lovely and lethal.

You’‘ll find the clip in HD after the break.
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