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Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa.
Takakura, a recently retired police detective with a specialty in serial killers, has moved to a new neighborhood with his wife Yasuko. The pair quickly learn that their neighbors are of an odd sort, particularly the off-putting Nishino. When Takakura begins investigating a years-old unsolved case, he slowly begins to suspect that Nishino was involved.
Horror doesn’t necessarily have to be about monsters, ghosts, masked killers and bodily mutilations. Horror, that is the state of being horrified, can come from a vast variety of sources. Some of them are big, like a classic zombie apocalypse, and some are smaller, like a good old fashioned haunted house. But horror can go even smaller than that, stemming from something as simple as mistrust and paranoia between human beings. Your neighbor gives you a weird look that rattles you, »
- Thomas O'Connor
Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Creepy screening on Fantasia International Film FestivalSTORY75%DIRECTION70%ACTING75%VISUALS72%POSITIVESImposing, horrific atmosphereAll the cast, but particularly Teruyuki Kagawa are greatInteresting storyNEGATIVESSomewhat lagging2016-07-2773%Overall ScoreReader Rating: (0 Votes)0%
Kurosawa’s long-awaited return to his psychological J-horror roots, since his latest films were mostly art-house (Journey to the Shore, Real) or social ones (Tokyo Sonata), finally occurred, and the result is quite similar to “Pulse” (Kairo).
The action in the film starts immediately, as a tragedy occurs when a serial killer detective Takakura was questioning escaped. The result of the incident was for Takakura to resign, and to follow an academic career in criminal psychology. The script then moves in two axes. The first one takes place in the new neighborhood Takakura and his wife, Yasuko move in. While Yasuko wants to become friends with the rest of the neighbors, they treat her with suspicions except for Nishino, »
- Panos Kotzathanasis
Though life and general business kept us from saying so at the time, the Toronto International Film Festival announced their first massive wave of selections yesterday and there is some very impressive stuff coming to Canadian screens in the fall. The festival kicks off with Antoine Fuqua's Magnificent Seven before wrapping with Kelly Craig's The Edge Of Seventeen and, in between, there is a freshly announced selection of 19 gala and 49 special presentation titles from directors such as (deep breath) Denis Villeneuve, Oliver Stone, Mira Nair, Ewan McGregor, Konkona Sensharma, Lone Scherfig, Raja Amari, Jonathan Demme, Baltasar Kormákur, Amma Asante, Christopher Guest, Feng Xiaogang, Rob Reiner, J.A. Bayona, Arnaud des Pallières, and Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Ready for the full list? Take a deep breath, hit...
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NEWSPortoThe late summer film festival lineups are starting to be unveiled. Toronto, partially announced, already looks massive (highlights include new films directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Jonathan Demme, and, yes, Nick Cannon), San Sebastien has announced the 14 films in its New Directors competition, including Notebook contributor Gabe Klinger's sophomore film Porto, and the Venice Days unofficial sidebar of the Venice Film Festival has its full lineup online.Speaking of lists, Filmmaker Magazine has picked its "twenty five new faces of independent film."A petition has been posted online to save the historic Rko studio globe in Hollywood.Recommended READINGThe Criterion Collection has posted King Hu's notes made for the Cannes Film Festival screening of his prize-winning wuxia classic, A Touch of Zen:But when I started working on the scenario, I discovered that translating the concept of Zen into cinematic terms posed a great many difficulties. Not long afterward, I »
Simple titles are lovely. Here we have Creepy, and it most certainly is. Kiyoshi Kurosawa returns to continue his recent streak of great films with an unsettling nightmare of a movie. Kurosawa’s career has been as broad and as challenging as Takashi Miike’s, and he is just as much as an acquired taste. That’s not to excuse any faults, but instead acknowledge that Kurosawa’s work can be deliberately spiteful at times. Creepy is not a film you enjoy, it’s a feeling you dread.
After making a wrong call involving an escaped sociopath, detective Takakura (Hidetoshi Nishijima), leaves the force to teach at a university. Takakura and his wife Yasuko (Yuko Takeuchi), move into a new house where they find some of the neighbours are rude, and one is Nishino (Teruyuki Kagawa), a creepy man who seems to live with his daughter Mio (Ryuko Fujino) and unseen wife. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
In the middle of summer, when moviegoing options are slim, it’s hard to visualize the sheer scope of films that will screen this fall at the Toronto International Film Festival. No single film commands all the buzz, nor can one lineup, and so the first big announcement — featuring the Galas and Special Presentations — can only begin to provide some insight into the titles worthy of anticipation.
Still, there’s a lot to dig through: Oscar hopefuls looking to gain momentum (“The Birth of a Nation,” “Loving” and more detailed here); big-budget studio efforts hoping to earn some upscale cred (Peter Berg’s “Deepwater Horizon,” Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi “Arrival”); veteran filmmakers still pursuing the kind of topics that put them on the map (Oliver Stone’s “Snowden,” Mira Nair’s “Queen of Katwe”).
Beyond these obvious standouts, however, several titles from these programs hold a lot of potential for »
- Eric Kohn
Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) programmers have served up the first picks from what will be a typically daunting menu in September.Scroll down for full list of Galas, Special Presentations
The world premiere of Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven will open the 41st Tiff on September 8. The western remake stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett, and Peter Sarsgaard.
Gala world premieres
Unveiling its first wave of titles, Tiff announced that world premieres in its Gala strand would include »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
A selection of films from the 2016 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival has been unveiled, with films by Jim Jarmusch, Maren Ade, Tom Ford, Paul Verhoeven, Damien Chazelle, and many more.Opening NIGHTThe Magnificent Seven (Antoine Fuqua)GALASDeepwater HorizonArrival (Denis Villeneuve)Deepwater Horizon (Peter Berg)The Headhunter's Calling (Mark Williams)The Journey Is the Destination (Bronwen Hughes)Jt + The Tennessee Kids (Jonathan Demme)Lbj (Rob Reiner)Lion (Garth Davis)Loving (Jeff Nichols)A Monster Calls (J.A. Bayona)Planetarium (Rebecca Zlotowski)Queen of Katwe (Mira Nair)The Rolling Stones of Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America (Paul Dugdale)The Secret Scripture (Jim Sheridan)Snowden (Oliver Stone)Strange Weather (Katherine Dieckmann)Their Finest (Lone Scherfig)A United Kingdom (Amma Astante)Special PRESENTATIONSLa La LandThe Age of Shadows (Kim Jee-woon)All I See Is You (Marc Forster)American Honey (Andrea Arnold)American Pastoral (Ewan McGregor)Asura: The City of »
The Toronto International Film Festival sounded the opening bell of Oscar season on Tuesday, unveiling a list of high profile films that will use the annual gathering to launch their awards campaigns. Major releases that will be looking to make a splash and score with critics include Denis Villeneuve’s alien invasion thriller “Arrival,” Peter Berg’s disaster drama “Deepwater Horizon,” and Rob Reiner’s historical biopic “Lbj.”
The film festival will kick off on Sept. 8 with the world premiere of “The Magnificent Seven,” a remake of the John Sturges classic that was itself a remake of Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai.” It stars Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt as gunslingers who are enlisted to protect a small town, while marking director Antoine Fuqua’s third time at the festival. He previously screened “Training Day” and “The Equalizer” at Toronto. Sony and MGM will release the film stateside on Sept. »
- Brent Lang
The Toronto International Film Festival — aka Tiff — has announced its first round of picks for this year’s festival, including Galas and Special Presentations, along with the festival’s opening night selection, Antoine Fuqua’s “The Magnificent Seven,” and their closing night pick, Kelly Fremon Craig’s feature directorial debut “The Edge of Seventeen.” Filled with early awards contenders, returning filmmakers and favorites from other festivals from around the globe, it’s a meaty selection of offerings that firmly announces the imminent arrival of the cinematic bonanza otherwise known as the fall festival season.
There are plenty of familiar faces here, including Denis Villeneuve, who will be bringing his “Arrival” to the same festival that has also screened his “Sicario” and “Prisoners” in previous years. The year after debuting his “Being Charlie” at Tiff, director Rob Reiner will return with his Woody Harrelson-starring biopic “Lbj.” Lone Scherfig, who has »
- Kate Erbland
Plus several titles we already know are worth your time.
This year’s Fantasia International Film Festival starts today in the beautiful city of Montreal, and we couldn’t be more excited. (Well, I could be if I was there, but I don’t arrive until Saturday night so my peak joy will have to wait until then.) We’ve already revealed the three-part lineup announcement here, here, and here, but as the fest begins we wanted to go ahead and share the films we’re most anticipating as well as recommend some movies that we’ve already seen and loved.
As of this moment I’ve seen twenty-five of the fest’s titles, but that’s still less than one-fifth of films playing this year. Here are some of my favorites.
The director of The Chaser delivers a terrific horror/thriller hybrid from South Korea, The Wailing (full review), which pits a hapless cop against the »
- Rob Hunter
A well-known Japanese director, whose characters often prefer to run than talk, has just completed post on his latest film. It's a deceptively simple but powerful return to form, which I'm hoping is granted an auspicious international premiere later this year. The team recently wrapped an unusually long (by Japanese standards) post-production period in Western Europe. "Doing post there was fantastic. I'll go back for my next film, too," he enthused. Doing post overseas is not unheard for Japanese co-productions. Naomi Kawase has done full or partial post in Paris for her France-backed work. Then there's Kiyoshi Kurosawa's upcoming The Woman in the Silver Plate, which also posted in France (less surprising as it's a fully French production in terms of location, cast, and language)....
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Six months after announcing intentions to double the number of female and minority members in its ranks by 2020, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 683 new members to join the organization. Forty-six percent of new invitees are female and 41 percent ethnic minorities, the Academy said, adding that the roster boasts 28 Oscar winners and 98 nominees. The youngest invitee is 24 and the oldest 91. Here is the list of the Asians included.
Kim Daniel-dae S. Korea
Lee Byung-hun S. Korea
Tatsuya Nakadai Japan
Peter Pau China
Poon Hang-Sang China
Nelson Yu Lik-Wai China
Zhao Fei China
Yoshihito Akatsuka Japan
Hou Hsiao-Hsien China
Naomi Kawase Japan
Kim So-yong S. Jorea
Kiyoshi Kurosawa Japan
Apichatpong Weerasethakul Thailand
Park Chan-wook S. Korea
Kazuo Hara JApan
Emiko Omori Japan
Trinh T. Minh-ha Vietnam
Jean Tsien Taiwan
Wang Bing China
Shigeru Umebayashi Japan
Albert Lee China
- Panos Kotzathanasis
The creator of #OscarsSoWhite hashtag says Academy’s list of potential members is positive, but doesn’t address huge imbalance that dominates Oscars process
On 29 June, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences released its list of film-makers, artists and executives invited to join its ranks, and eventually play a part in who walks away with an Oscar. The Academy invited 683 potential members, its largest and most diverse class ever. While this was an important move toward the inclusion of more marginalized communities within the Academy, it is merely one step on a longer journey.
While reviewing the list of invitees, I was struck by the names of individuals that I believe should have been Academy members long ago. Melvin van Peebles, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Euzhan Palcy and others have amassed such a significant body of work through the years that the 2016 list of invitees was clearly, in part, righting a wrong. »
- April Reign
Creepy has been touted as Kiyoshi Kurosawa's "return" to horror, but it feels, in its own right, like a new departure for the director. Where vintage Kurosawa fare was vague, mysterious, and mournful, Creepy is bracing, black-humored, and overt. A serial killer yarn instead of a ghost story, Creepy is thinly reminiscent of Kurosawa's early masterpiece Cure, but without that film's opaque existentialism or impenetrable puzzles. The film lays out its plot and choreographs its path toward the climax as if setting up chess pieces for a routine match. Former detective Takakura (Hidetoshi Nishijima) has just relocated to a new neighborhood with his wife, Yasuko (Yuko Takeuchi), and is working as a criminology professor. In classic cinematic fashion, he is pulled back into the fold...
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If it’s late June in Manhattan, it must be time for the city’s annual dose of martial-arts madness, indescribably twisted revenge stories, and go-for-broke dramas about sexually liberated high school girls. A collaboration between Subway Cinema and The Film Society of Lincoln Center, the New York Asian Film Festival has established itself as one of the summer’s most vital (and occasionally traumatizing) annual events, a celebration of the best and most bonkers in classic and contemporary Asian cinema. Even in an age of VOD and streaming, many — or most — of these gems never receive American distribution, making the fest that much more valuable to local cinephiles.
Running from June 22 thru July 9, the 2016 edition promises to live up to the Nyaff legend, as iconic films like “All About Lily Chou-Chou” and “Tetsuo: The Iron Man” will be screened alongside a smorgasbord of new stuff that’s just waiting to be discovered. »
- David Ehrlich
Kiyoshi Kurosawa made his name directing mystery, horror, and action movies (most familiarly to U.S. audiences, the original Pulse, which was remade in America and spawned a whole franchise); in this way, his 2015 feature Journey to the Shore could be considered something of a departure. But there is still mystery to it, and the slight chill of horror.
Mizuki (Eri Fukatsu) is a piano instructor unable to move on since her husband, Yusuke (Tadanobu Asano) was lost at sea some three years prior. When he suddenly reappears in their home, she wonders not where he’s been or what’s become of him, just what took him so long coming back. He explains that he died, quite horribly, his body completely destroyed. He asks her to join him in revisiting people along the road back to the sea, where he can find his final rest. Then she wakes up »
- Scott Nye
Kiyoshi Kurosawa is on quite the roll: nine months after Journey to the Shore and four since Creepy premiered, both of which we highly recommend, we have a new teaser for his French-language debut, The Woman in the Silver Plate, which collects some of the country’s best actors — Tahar Rahim, Mathieu Amalric, Olivier Gourmet (Belgian, albeit French-speaking), and Constance Rousseau (Simon Killer) — for (surprise!) an eerie tale involving the mystical and unknown.
Aside from a likely festival appearance, the thing’s still some ways off — a French theatrical release won’t be underway until late November, and there’s no U.S. distributor yet announced — but at least we have a teaser. However brief, it’s a cinematographic and formal beauty, perhaps early evidence that Kurosawa’s transition to a new language and continent hasn’t dulled the man’s intoxicating sense for capturing images.
See the preview below »
- Nick Newman
Year after year, Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival (running July 14th–August 2nd) is our favorite event of the year. Always showcasing amazing films and their respective filmmakers, films like At The Devil’S Door (I dare you to ask me how much I love that film) and The Demolisher were brought to our attention thanks to the fest and this year, celebrating its 20th Anniversary, Fantasia has announce its first wave of films and some exciting and impressive guests. Also unveiled, is the 20th anniversary poster art, courtesy of award-winning Quebec visual artist Donald Caron, showcasing iconic themes from previous years. Read on and be on the lookout for info on F.I.F.F’s Frontiéres international co-production market and Industry Rendez-Vous weekend being held July 21–24. The full lineup of over 130 feature films will be announced July 5th but until then, here is enough info the make you fright fanatics go nuts. »
- Jerry Smith
The first programming has been revealed for the 20th annual Fantasia International Film Festival. Taking place from July 14th–August 2nd in Montreal, this year’s Fantasia will honor Guillermo del Toro with the Cheval Noir Award, and the newly revealed first wave of programming includes screenings of Lights Out, Abattoir, In a Valley of Violence, Under the Shadow, Trash Fire, Teenage Cocktail, and more:
Press Release: Montreal, May 26, 2016 – The Fantasia International Film Festival will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary in Montreal this summer, taking place from July 14-August 2, with its Frontiéres international co-production market and Industry Rendez-Vous weekend being held July 21-24. The full lineup of over 130 feature films will be announced July 5th. In the meantime, the festival is excited to announce a selected first wave of titles, along with several special happenings.
For Fantasia’s 2016 poster, the festival has once again turned to award-winning Quebec visual artist Donald Caron. »
- Derek Anderson
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