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6 items from 2012

Venice 2012: Takeshi Kitano’s Outrage Beyond

22 August 2012 6:54 PM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

When it comes to Venice Film Festival, Japanese director Takeshi Kitano is definitely not a stranger. I’m sure you all remember his Hana Bi from 1997 (for which he recevied the Golden Lion), or 2003 Zatoichi project (Silver Lion statue).

Well, guess what, Kitano is now back In Competition with his completely new project, titled Outrage Beyond. And, in case this sounds like it has something to do with Kitano’s Outrage movie from last year’s Cannes film festival – relax, you’re not tripping – it’s just a sequel to the original story…

So, this time we have the Sanno crime family all grown into a huge organization, expanding its power into politics and legitimate big business. The Sanno’s upper ranks are now dominated by young executives, and the old-guard members are penting up resentment while being pushed to the sidelines.

This vulnerable spot in the Sanno hierarchy is »

- Fiona

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First Full-Length Trailer for Takeshi Kitano’s Outrage Beyond

13 August 2012 2:15 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Renowned Japanese writer-director-actor Takeshi Kitano (Dolls, Zatoichi) returned to the big screen back in 2010 with his yakuza film, Outrage.

Debuting to great reviews at Cannes two years ago, Kitano is heading to Venice and Toronto next month with the sequel, Outrage Beyond, and now the first full-length trailer has been released – it’s in the original Japanese, with no subtitles, but it still looks awesome regardless of whether or not you understand exactly what is going on.

“As the police launch a full-scale crackdown on organized crime, it ignites a national yakuza struggle between the Sanno of the East and Hanabishi of the West. What started as an internal strife in Outrage has now become a nationwide war in Outrage Beyond.”

Kitano is directing from his own script, and stars (as Beat Takeshi) alongside Ryo Kase, Tomokazu Miura, Toshiyuki Nishida, Hideo Nakano, Yutaka Matsushige, and Fumiyo Kohinata.

Outrage Beyond will »

- Kenji Lloyd

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Takeru Sato, Haruka Ayase To Star In Sci-Fi Romance From Kiyoshi Kurosawa

18 July 2012 7:34 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Takeru Sato and Haruka Ayase are set to star in Rearu kanzennaru kubinagaryu no hi for filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Toyko Sonata). The title of the film translate to ’s sci-fi drama The Day of the Real, Perfect Plesiosaur. It’s based on the novel of the same name by Rokuro Inui [Variety].

Sato will play a neurosurgeon who enters the dreams of his lover (Ayase) – who’s in a coma – to discover why she tried to take her own life. Miki Nakatani, Jo Odagiri, Yutaka Matsushige and Kyoko Koizumi also star.

It’s an intriguing no doubt, made more intriguing by Kurosawa’s involvement. The writer/director made a name for himself over the last 3 decades in Japan, producing everything from pink films in the 80s to the Internet-inspired horror film Pulse to heady, genre-mixing pieces like Toyko Sonata.

As Sonata snagged the Un Certain Regard at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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'Tokyo Sonata' & 'Pulse' Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa Returns With Sci-Fi Drama 'The Day Of The Real, Perfect Plesiosaur'

18 July 2012 4:44 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Ask and you shall receive? Something like that anyway....It was just last month that we openly wondered about what was going on with Kiyoshi Kurosawa, who featured on our What Ever Happened To These 5 Foreign-Language Filmmakers? list, and lo and behold, he's back with a new feature. It has been four long years since "Tokyo Sonata," but going in front of cameras very soon is the fascinatingly titled "The Day Of The Real, Perfect Plesiosaur" ("Rearu kanzennaru kubinagaryu no hi"). No, we don't know what that means either, but the movie itself -- based on the book by Rokuro Inoi -- boasts a typically intriguing premise, telling the story of a neurosurgeon who goes into the subconscious of his coma stricken lover to find out why she attempted suicide. The director's regulars Miki Nakatani, Jo Odagiri, Yutaka Matsushige and Kyoko Koizumi will all feature with Takeru Sato and Haruka Ayase taking the lead roles. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Behind the scenes clip released for Takeshi Kitano's "Outrage Beyond"

2 May 2012 4:24 PM, PDT | Nippon Cinema | See recent Nippon Cinema news »

Today a new making-of video was released for Takeshi Kitano’s Outrage Beyond, the upcoming sequel to 2010’s Outrage.

In the new film, Sanno-kai—the major yakuza organization within the Kanto region and the main focus of the first film—butts heads with Hanabishi-kai from the Kansai region as police try to take them all down. Kitano (credited as Beat Takeshi as an actor), returns as crew boss and all-around dirty-job-doer Otomo, who was assumed dead at the end of the first movie.

The clip is split into 2 parts. The first part is titled “Otomo’s release” and shows Otomo exiting jail alongside crooked police detective Kataoka (Fumiyo Kohinata). New cast member Yutaka Matsushige is also in the scene as a detective named Shigeta.

The second part is titled “Kansai - Hanabishi-kai” and features two leaders of Hanabishi-kai, Nishino (Toshiyuki Nishida) and Nakata (Sansei Shiomi), alongside Chairman Fuse (Shigeru Koyama »

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Cast of “Outrage Beyond” revealed, Otomo returns

17 April 2012 4:47 AM, PDT | Nippon Cinema | See recent Nippon Cinema news »

The upcoming sequel to Takeshi Kitano's 2010 gangster film Outrage has been a tough one to figure, and fair warning -- the reason for that involves some spoilers from the original.

On Tuesday, a press event was held at Seimei no Mori Resort in Chiba Prefecture to present the cast of the second film, now titled Outrage Beyond. New additions Toshiyuki Nishida, Yutaka Matsushige, Katsunori Takahashi, Kenta Kiritani, and Hirofumi Arai were in attendance along with returning cast members Kitano, Tomokazu Miura, Ryo Kase, and Fumiyo Kohinata.

There has been some question about how a sequel might work, simply because the first film was a complete blood bath. Most of the main characters were killed and it ended with Kitano's character, Otomo, getting stabbed and then later being confirmed dead by Kohinata's character, a crooked detective named Kataoka.

Producer Masayuki Mori confirmed that Otomo is in fact alive, but was »

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