13 items from 2014
Here's the official teaser poster for "Attack On Titan", the live-action adaptation of the anime that's now on Netflix. Toho, who also makes the Godzilla films, is behind this two-part live action adventure directed by Shinji Higuchi. Haruma Miura, Kiko Mizuhara, Kanata Hongô, Satomi Ishihara, Nanami Sakuraba, Takahiro Miura, Hiroki Hasegawa, Ayame Misaki, Pierre Taki, Jun Kunimura, Shû Watanabe, Satoru Matsuo, Rina Takeda and Nana Seino are starring.The sudden arrival of the Titans–mysterious, gigantic humanoid creatures who devour human beings one after the other–brings mankind to the brink of extinction. Fast-forward more than 100 years later. What remains of the human population now live in relative peace behind massive walls that were erected to defend themselves »
13 awesome character posters have been released for director Shinji Higuchi's live-action Attack of Titan film. Each one gives us a look at a different character in the film. I've got to say, I love what I'm seeing here. It's definitely exciting to get our first glimpse at what the style and tone of the film will be.
One of the last things we heard about the Japanese feature is that it would be split into two films. Attack on Titan creator, Hajime Isayama, helped in the creation of the movie and even came up with seven additional characters. Of course, the movie will stay true to the spirit of the source material.
The cast for the film includes Haruma Miura as Eren, Kiko Mizuhara as Mikasa, Kanata Hongo as Armin, Satomi Ishihara as Hanji, Nanami Sakuraba as Sasha, Takahiro Miura as Jean, Hiroki Hasegawa as Shikishima, Ayame Misaki as Hiana, »
- Joey Paur
Why Don’t You Play In Hell? is a pleasantly ambitious yakuza story that’s unconventional in the best of ways, but what else do you expect from acclaimed Japanese filmmaker Sion Sono? Every bit of the vibrant auteur’s madcap style shines through a bloody mess of gangster limbs spewing bodily fluids, delivering Exactly what Sono fans crave. By smashing together a hardened revenge plot with satirical moviemaking commentary that’s peppered in between outrageous violence and hilariously cheesy staging, Sono produces what might possibly be the most “important” Hollywood mocku-drama in decades. Why Don’t You Play In Hell? is just too f#cking cool for school, confirming Sono’s status as Japan’s very own ambitiously driven, brilliantly eccentric, and obsessively focused Quentin Tarantino clone.
There are many moving parts to Sono’s madness, but the jumpy plot is tethered tightly by a yakuza grudge between two rivalling clans. »
- Matt Donato
Why Don’t You Play in Hell?
Written and Directed by Shion Sono
While audiences and critics are still debating the unbridled ambition of Nolan’s Interstellar, an equally-madcap film (finally) makes its way into North American theaters this weekend. Japanese auteur, Shion Sono, unleashes his demented ode to cinema, Why Don’t You Play in Hell?, which might be the most uncanny take on filmmaking since The Player. Armed with inspired gags, impassioned characters and enough blood squibs to drown Tarantino, Sono delivers a visual feast that’s destined to be a cult classic.
While some people sell their soul to Rock-n-Roll, a young filmmaker named Hirata (Hiroki Hasegawa) sells his entire existence to the Movie God. He and his renegade film crew (hilariously named the “Fuck Bombers”) tremble at the chance to make one immortal masterpiece. They spend their days practicing karate moves, worshipping 35mm film, and »
- J.R. Kinnard
This weekend is shaping up to mirror early fall, when specialty distributors packed theaters with new titles. Many of those disappeared quickly, and this weekend could be similar as companies usher in about a dozen limited-release theatrical newcomers. Focus Features’ The Theory Of Everything, however, has amassed a good amount of attention. Directed by Oscar winner James Marsh (Man On Wire), the Stephen Hawking biopic is opening two months after its Toronto debut. Two notable nonfiction titles also join the fray this weekend: Cinema Guild’s Actress, from director Robert Greene, and Zipporah Films’ National Gallery by nonfiction maverick Frederick Wiseman. Both deserve attention as the awards-race heats up. Two years after the theatrical bow of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, the 16th U.S. President is the focus of Amplify’s The Better Angels — though it focuses a very different phase of his life. Distrib Films is opening Italian political »
- Brian Brooks
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring: Hideaki Anno, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Miori Takimoto, Masahiko Nishimura, Mansai Nomura, Jun Kunimura, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Martin Short, Stanley Tucci, Mandy Patinkin, Mae Whitman, Werner Herzog, William H. Macy.
Running Time: 126 minutes
The end of an era? We can only hope not. After all, Hayao Miyazaki has attempted retirement before, but then again, there is something about The Wind Rises that feels very definite and complete. The supposed final film of one of cinema’s true greats is not just a riveting biography of plane designer Jiro Hirokoshi, but also a look inside the soul of Miyazaki himself.
Miyazaki has always had a love for planes, ever since being born into a family that ran Miyazaki Airplanes. His films often contain flying apparati such as planes and airships, from Castle In The Sky to Porco Rosso. Now he delves back into the life of Hirokoshi, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
I've got some good news for all you Attack on Titan fans out there! Last week director Shinji Higuchi announced that the live-action adaptation he's working on will be split into two feature films! He also revealed that with the help of manga creator Hajime Isayama, they will introduce some new characters and new, more dangerous villains. As a fan of the franchise, I'm completely okay with new characters being added to the story. I'm sure the movie will end up being just as badass as the anime.
23 year-old actor Haruma Miura was previously announced as the film’s star, and he is taking on role of Eren Jaeger. We now have a list of actors who will be Joining Miura in Attack on Titan, and they consist of Hiroki Hasegawa (Jellyfish Princess), Kiko Mizuhara (Norwegian Wood), Kanata Hongō (Prince of Tennis), Takahiro Miura (Space Battleship Yamato), Nanami Sakuraba (Twin »
- Joey Paur
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.”
Watch the trailer below:
- Luke Owen
The original film, which was adapted from Ryû Murakami's 1997 novel, centered on a lonely widower (Ryo Ishibashi) who puts out a fake casting call to help find a new girlfriend. When he finds the one girl he likes, Asami Yamasaki (Eihi Shiina), his quest to find the new love of his life turns into a nightmare beyond comprehension.
The story is said to be quite similar to the original book and movie, only with an American setting. The plot centers on a widowed man named Sam Davis, who is convinced by his filmmaker friend to hold a casting call for a fake movie. The girl he falls for is a ballerina named Evie Lawrence.
Richard Gray is directing from his own adapted screenplay, »
When a family is having a baby one thing they do is trust the hospital they choose to look after the mother and baby. What if something happens in that hospital though and the babies are swapped? I know this is something we often see in “true life story” movies, but when the film comes from Japan and is from globally acclaimed director Hirokazu Koreeda you know get the feeling that you may be in for something just a little special. That is what you get with Like Father, Like Son (Soshite Chichi Ni Naru).
- Paul Metcalf
Directed by Sang il-Lee.
An aging swordsman is lured back to perform one final job.
Walking into the showing of Yurusarezaru Mono, the remake of the 90s western Unforgiven, with it’s poster echoing the original directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, the question has to be asked whether the sentiments of following another film’s story so closely in a remake can be seen as a positive. Is it just as high an achievement to bend and change details from a film to better fit the original and achieve a good story, as it is to take an original movie and take it to entirely new places?
This film slaves to be as close to the original as possible, with a steely determination to stick to the story that came before it, but there »
- Gary Collinson
Warner Bros. U.K. has posted a trailer for the Japanese remake of Unforgiven. For those who haven’t seen Clint Eastwood’s 1992 masterpiece, it centers on an old gunfighter who reluctantly joins his former partner and a swaggering hotshot to claim the bounty on two men who attacked a prostitute. The remake changes the setting to Hokkaido in 1880 and from gunslingers to samurai, but the general plot remains mostly intact. When I saw the film at Tiff last year, I thought the technical craft was superb, but director Lee Sang-il has trouble figuring out how to significantly separate his picture from Eastwood’s. Hit the jump to check out the trailer, which we posted last year, but this new one now has subtitles. The film stars Ken Watanabe, Akira Emoto, Jun Kunimura, and Shiori Kutsana. Unforgiven opens in the U.K. on February 28th. »
- Matt Goldberg
Title: Like Father, Like Son Director: Hirokazu Koreeda Starring: Masaharu Fukuyama, Yoko Maki, Jun Kunimura, Machiko Ono, Kirin Kiki, Isao Natsuyagi, Lily Franky, Jun Fubuki, Megumi Morisaki. Director Hirokazu Koreeda depicts a touching, poetic and harrowing adventure through parenthood. What makes a child similar to his parents? Does the blood-line prevail over living every day of your life raising a child, even if he doesn’t share your lineage? These questions are explored with great delicacy and veracity in ‘Like Father, Like Son.’ Nonomiya Ryota is a man who has established himself in his profession, he is very hard working and extremely competitive. One day he is called with his wife [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
13 items from 2014
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