Japan Box Office: ‘Doraemon’ Holds on to Top Spot

Tokyo — In its fifth week on release, “Doraemon: Nobita’s Space Heroes,” the latest entry in the long-running “Doraemon” animation series, retained its number one slot at the Japanese box office. For the April 4-5 weekend the film earned $2.12 million on 217,000 admissions, driving its cumulative total to $28.7 million on 3.08 million admissions.

Holding onto its number two rank was the sci-fi fantasy “Assassination Classroom,” which boosted its cumulative total to the JPY2 billion ($16.7 million) mark in its third week on release.

“April Fools,” a feel-good ensemble comedy, bowed in the number three spot. Opening on April 1 on 215 screens, the film made $1.34 million on 116,000 admissions for the weekend alone. Its April 1-5 total was $3.04 million.

The only other new entrant to the top 10, at number 10, was the Suzuki Matsuo quirky comedy “A Farewell to Jinu,” which earned $434,000 on 50,900 admissions from 133 screens.
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'R100' Photos Go Inside a Mysterious Sex Club | Exclusive

We have an exclusive set of images from Drafthouse Films' wild new released R100. These photos show off a mild-mannered family man with a secret taste for S&M who finds himself pursued by a gang of ruthless dominatrices. This promises to be one hilarious and bizarre take on the modern sex comedy as seen through the eyes of Japanese comedy giant Hitoshi Matsumoto.

Nao Ohmori (star of Takashi Miike's Ichi the Killer) plays Takafumi Katayama, a mild-mannered father who escapes the pressures of daily life by joining a mysterious S&M club, where the so-called Queens visit clients in real-life settings. While at first the rough treatment and humiliation he receives from leather-clad women in caf&#233s and restaurants is enjoyable, Takafumi soon realizes that he's opened a door that cannot be closed. Unable to end his relationship with the club, he finds himself pursued by a gang of ruthless dominatrices,
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Frightfest 2014: ‘R100′ Review

Stars: Nao Ômori, Lindsay Hayward, Mao Daichi, Hairi Katagiri, Gin Maeda, Suzuki Matsuo, Hitoshi Matsumoto, Eriko Satô, Shinobu Terajima, Ai Tominaga | Written by Hitoshi Matsumoto, Mitsuyoshi Takasu, Tomoji Hasegawa, Kôji Ema, Mitsuru Kuramoto | Directed by Hitoshi Matsumoto

Hitoshi Matsumoto is a director who, though I can’t say I know a great deal about, only that he is a comedian known for his surreal and crazy style, I have enjoyed greatly in the past with his films Symbol (2009) and Big Man Japan (2007) so I was intrigued and excited to see that R100, Matsumoto’s latest, was going to be a part of Frightfest in 2014.

A stiff bodied and reticent office worker, Takafumi, joins a strange club which has one rule, the rule being that, under no circumstances can you cancel your membership within the year in which the membership runs for. Simple. No. What this results in is hard to quite explain,
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DVD Review: Shock Labyrinth 3D

Shock Labyrinth 3D

Stars: Ai Maeda, Suzuki Matsuo, Shoichiro Masumoto | Written by Daisuke Hosaka | Directed by Takashi Shimizu

If you know anything about J-horror then you’ll recognise the name of Shock Labyrinth director Takashi Shimizu – he was the genius behind the creepy as all hell Ju-On: The Grudge franchise (he even directed the Us remakes). Well know Shimizu moves on from the pale faced ghost genre to 3D with Shock Labyrinth, a pioneering J-horror which not only is the first Ever Japanese film to be shot in HD Digital 3D, is also the first ever live-action 3D movie to come out of that territory!

When a small group of young friends spending the day at a theme park near the foot of Mount Fuji sneak into the park’s haunted house attraction after hours, the innocent children’s escapade results in the mysterious disappearance of one of them,
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The Shock Labyrinth (2009) Movie Review

Takashi Shimizu, an icon of modern Japanese horror cinema thanks to his hugely successful “Ju-on” series and its Hollywood “The Grudge” remakes, returns with “Shock Labyrinth”, the country’s first full length live action digital 3D feature. The film is actually based upon ‘The Haunted Hospital’, apparently world’s largest walk-through haunted house attraction, located in the famous Fuji-q Highland theme park. Although a film inspired by a fairground funhouse may sound a little dubious, the production is filled with Shimizu’s trademark surrealism, featuring an offbeat and ambitious narrative alongside plenty of scares and visual flourishes. The film has a cast of popular Japanese stars, including Ai Maeda (“Death Note: The Last Name”), Suzuki Matsuo (“Robo-Geisha”), Misako Renbutsu (“The Battery”), Shoichiro Masumoto (“Tokyo Gore Police”) and Yuya Yagira (“Nobody Knows”). Thankfully, the film retains its gimmick on the small screen, with the DVD release through Chelsea Films coming with both 2D and 3D versions,
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Takashi Shimizus The Shock Labyrinth 3D Gets UK DVD Release

Shock horror! Japanese director Takashi Shimizu's ('Ju-on', 'The Grudge') horror-thriller 'The Shock Labyrinth 3D' is finally arriving on DVD here in the UK! It hit Japanese screens over a year ago but UK distributors Artificial Eye have scored the rights and are eyeing a January 24 release date. Yuya Yagira, Ai Maeda, Suzuki Matsuo, Shoichiro Masumoto, Ryo Katsuji, Misako Renbutsu and Erina Mizuno all star and the DVD itself will come in both 2D and 3D versions along with 2 pairs of (potentially cheap and useless) 3D glasses. 'Shock Labyrinth follows a group of teenagers dealing with the disappearance of one of them, Yuki, at an amusement park s ghost house. On a rainy day 10 years later, Yuki inexplicably returns. However, no sooner is she united with her former friends than she collapses, and the group rushes Yuki to a nearby hospital. But after checking in, they
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Welcome To The Quiet Room Review

Director/comedians are quite common in Japan. Some of Japan's most lauded filmmakers (think Takeshi Kitano and Hitoshi Matsumoto) fit this description, but there are others, somewhat more eclipsed by the cultural barriers that separate our entertainment world from theirs. Suzuki Matsuo is one of them and while his first few feature films come a long way in explaining his relative obscurity, Welcome To The Quiet Room is a big step up from his previous efforts.

I first encountered Matsuo while watching In The Pool. His appearance and comic timing is near perfect so when I learned of his directorial work I was immediately sold. Still, his first couple of films lacked coherence and punch and while they're still quite fun to watch they never really reached the potential his comedic talent seemed to suggest. But Matsuo worked hard to improve his skills and it definitely shows when watching his latest film.
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67th Venice Film Festival Out-of-Competition List Includes The Town, I’m Still Here, and Machete

67th Venice Film Festival Out-of-Competition List Includes The Town, I’m Still Here, and Machete
Along with the list of films playing in-competition, the Venice Film Festival has announced which films are playing out-of-competition this year. The movies include Ben Affleck’s The Town, Casey Affleck’s Joaquin Phoenix documentary I’m Still Here, Martin Scorsese’s Elia Kazan documentary A Letter to Elia, John Turturro’s Passione, Julie Taymor’s The Tempest as the closing night film, and Robert RodriguezMachete as the opening night film. It’s an eclectic bunch of flicks and they’re just a small sampling of the movies playing out-of-competition. Hit the jump to check out the full list.

The 67th Venice Film Festival will run from September 1 – 11th.

Ben AffleckThe Town

USA, 120′

Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively

Casey Affleck – I’M Still Here

USA, 108′ (documentary)

Joaquin Phoenix

Marco Bellocchio – Sorelle Mai

Italy, 110′

Alba Rohrwacher, Donatella Finocchiaro, Elena Bellocchio, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio

Piergiorgio Gay
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'Grudge' director Shimizu in 'Shock'

'Grudge' director Shimizu in 'Shock'
Seoul -- "The Shock Labyrinth," the latest film from "The Grudge" director Takashi Shimizu, is to be a 3D live-action movie represented in international markets by Fortissimo Films.

The story takes place in a theme park near Mount Fuji and follows a group of teens dealing with the shock return of a friend they had assumed to be dead.

Produced by Japan's Asmik Ace, the film also marks Shimizu's return to genre filmmaking after a hiatus of several years.

"The production represented a great challenge in creating a brand new way of expressing fear and telling a dramatic story via the medium of 3-D film. I hope as many of you as possible will find yourselves trapped in my labyrinth and enjoy the experience," he said.

The film is in postproduction, having begun principal photography in early July.

Produced by Ogura Jimusyo's Satoru Ogura, Asmik Ace's Masayuki Tanishima and Dai Miyazaki,
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Takashi Shimizu’s New Dimensions of Shock

  • Fangoria
It has been three years since Takashi Shimizu stood beside a film camera and worn his directorial hat—literally. Eschewing the black leather cap that was seemingly glued to his head throughout the production of the Japanese Ju-on and American Grudge movies that made his name, Shimizu is not only sporting new headwear for his newest feature, but is also shooting with a new, custom 3-D digital system, the first for such a production in Japan.

Journeying down to the city of Tateyama, Fango paid a visit to the set of The Shock Labyrinth 3D last week to catch up with director Shimizu’s return to feature filmmaking. Within the peeling walls of a local hospital, Shimizu and his crew are hard at work on one of the final days of shooting. Seated behind a large LCD monitor, the filmmaker reaches over to a spare set of 3-D glasses and hands them to this writer.
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First stills for Takashi Shimizu's The Shock Labyrinth

I wasn't exactly sure about this upcoming 3d flick from Takashi Shimizu backed by Asmik Ace which stars Yuya Yagira, Misako Renbutsu, Ryo Katsuji, Ai Maeda, Erina Mizuno, and Suzuki Matsuo. Why? Well it didn't sound like much original, but after seeing these technocolor stills, I'm sold. Shock Labyrinth is being shot (mostly) on location at the inspiration for the film, the worlds largest haunted house (according to Guiness) at the Fuji-q High Land amusement park near the base of Mt. Fuji,

The film follows a group of teenagers dealing with the sudden return of a friend who went missing a decade ago. When the friend falls ill, they take her to a hospital but end up trapped in a labyrinthine haunted house.

Stills after the break. via Horror Movies and Stuff

Head to Quiet Earth to see the stills.
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Ju-on Director Takashi Shimuzu Goes 3-D With The Shock Labyrinth!

Wonder why Takashi Shimizu isn’t directing the tenth anniversary installments of his Ju-On franchise himself? The answer is simple enough: because he’s making Japan’s first 3-D horror film instead!

Horror Master Takashi Shimizu Commences The Production Of Japan’S First Live Action Digital 3D Feature In The World’S Longest Horror House Walk-through

Tokyo, June 3rd 2009

Japanese production and distribution company Asmik Ace Entertainement today announced the commencement of the principal photography of “The Shock Labyrinth,” a live action digital 3D film directed by Takashi Shimizu (“Juon,” “Juon 2,” “The Grudge,” “The Grudge 2”). The horror project is aiming at an October 2009 release in Japan. Asmik Ace handles both local and international distribution of the Ogura Jimusyho production. The project marks Japan’s first ever live action digital 3D feature film as well as Shimizu’s long-awaited return to the horror feature after 3 years. Produced by Ogura Jimusyo
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Grudge Director Enjoys 3-D Amusement Park 'Shock Labyrinth'

Asmik Ace Entertainment has unveiled details of Japans first live-action digital 3D feature, The Shock Labyrinth, which The Grudge director Takashi Shimizu started shooting earlier this week, reports Screen Daily. Beyond the break you'll find all of the details on this new horror-thriller that finally breaks Shimizu from the curse. Yuya Yagira, who won best actor at Cannes 2004 for Nobody Knows, heads the cast of hot young Japanese actors which also includes Misako Renbutsu (The Inugamis), Ryo Katsuji (Hana), Ai Maeda (Battle Royale), Erina Mizuno and Suzuki Matsuo. Based on an original screenplay by Daisuke Hosaka, the horror-thriller follows a group of teenagers dealing with the sudden return of a friend who went missing a decade ago. When the friend falls ill, they take her to a hospital but end up trapped in a labyrinthine haunted house.
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Grudge Helmer Enters Shock Labyrinth

Takashi Shimizu ( Ju-on , The Grudge ) is getting into the 3-D market with The Shock Labyrinth for Asmik Ace Entertainment. The film will be shot in the Fuji-q High Land amusement park during its off hours and is inspired by the area's Labyrinth of Horrors attraction. Screen Daily has more: Based on an original screenplay by Daisuke Hosaka, the horror-thriller follows a group of teenagers dealing with the sudden return of a friend who went missing a decade ago. When the friend falls ill, they take her to a hospital but end up trapped in a labyrinthine haunted house. Sweet. An American riff on The Funhouse ? In a way, perhaps. The cast includes Yuya Yagira, Misako Renbutsu, Ryo Katsuji, Ai Maeda ( Battle Royale ), Erina Mizuno and Suzuki Matsuo.
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Full program for 10. Japanese Film Festival Hamburg available

Just like promised the day before yesterday, the full program with (so far?) 38 titles for the 10. Japanese Film Festival Hamburg is now available online. The Jffh will take place from May 27 to May 31.

Cafe Isobe by Keisuke Yoshida (Eröffnungsfilm) Appassionata by Sadao Nakajima Arbol del Tule by Takeya Sekiguchi Balloon Forest by Takashi Miura Takuya Bluebird by Shu Asakawa Captain Tokyo by Kazushi Watanabe Crazed Beast by Sadao Nakajima Cyborg She by Kwak Jae Yong Das Leben von meinem Vater Yoshiari by Mitsuwaha Yusaku Der Buddha, der den Fuchs berührt by Yosuke Kaneko Der Engel im blauen Himmel Der Rote Punkt by Marie Miyayama Detroit Metal City by Toshio Lee Dream of the City by Shunichi Takagi Empty Blue by Kou Hanekawa Escape from Hiroshima Prison by Sadao Nakajima Gelatin Silver Love by Kazumi Kurigami Genius Party by Studio 4°C Genius Party Beyond by Studio 4°C Grotesque by Koji Shiraishi
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