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Berlin Film Review: ‘Grass’

Berlin Film Review: ‘Grass’
There aren’t many filmmakers who can outmatch South Korean director Hong Sangsoo’s current form for sheer productivity. In fact it’s perhaps only Japan’s Takashi Miike who can legitimately glance at Hong’s filmography for the past decade and think “slacker.” “Grass” is Hong’s 15th film in 10 years (not counting shorts and documentaries), and it is his fourth festival premiere of the last 12 months. It is, however, just 63 minutes long, and, considering that it clocks in six minutes shy of his 2017 Cannes bauble “Claire’s Camera,” and three minutes shorter than 2014’s terminally slight “Hill of Freedom,” we could be forgiven for expecting a doodle.

The surprise, then, is that without reinventing the Hong wheel even a little bit, the black-and-white “Grass” is a deceptively potent entry in the canon, a thimbleful of purest, concentrated Hong-brand soju. It may be yet another series of two-way or three-way conversations, that take place
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Slay your enemies (and friends) with signed Blade Of The Immortal posters and Blu-rays

Takashi Miike is a busy man—you don’t get to 100 films by sitting on your ass—but in between project, he managed to sign a few posters and Blu-rays for his latest film, Blade Of The Immortal, which hits DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray steelbook today. We’re partial to this garish, gory (but in a good way) manga adaptation…

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Blade of the Immortal DVD and Signed Poster Giveaway

Magnolia Pictures is releasing Takashi Miike’s Blade of the Immortal, number one in Afv’s list of the Best Films of 2017, on the Us, on DVD and Blu Ray format, starting February 13th, and presents the readers of Asian Movie Pulse who reside in the Us with an opportunity to win a signed poster paired with one DVD, and two additional DVDs, as individual prizes. All you have to do to be included in the draw is like and share the post on Facebook or Twitter.

The draw is for three winners, who have to reside in the Us. One will win the signed poster depicted on this article along with a DVD of the film and the other two, one DVD each. The competition will end February 16.

For those of you unfortunate enough not to win, you can always

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‘Blade of the Immortal’ Giveaway: Enter to Win a Prize Pack For Takashi Miike’s 100th Film

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‘Blade of the Immortal’ Giveaway: Enter to Win a Prize Pack For Takashi Miike’s 100th Film
For many U.S. horror lovers, Takashi Miike holds a special place for 2001’s “Ichi the Killer” and 1999’s “Audition,” which shock with unapologetic violence, gratuitous gore, and truly demented killers. With 2017’s “Blade of the Immortal,” Miike once again unleashes blood and guts in his wonderfully over the top adaptation of a popular manga, a film which also happens to be the Japanese auteur’s one hundredth feature film.

Blade of the Immortal” premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, where IndieWire’s Eric Kohn praised Miike’s ability to be innovative, saying the film suggested a new approach for comic book adaptions and that Miike “knows what his audience wants, and boy, does he give it to them.”

Read More:‘Blade of the Immortal’ Review: Takashi Miike’s Landmark Feature Is One of His Most Lethal Genre Offerings Ever — Cannes

To celebrate the Blu-ray release of “Blade of the Immortal
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Rotterdam Tiger directors: Nicolas Pesce on 'Piercing'

Rotterdam Tiger directors: Nicolas Pesce on 'Piercing'
Us director on his second feature.

Source: Sundance Film Festival

‘Piercing’

Nicolas Pesce graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He directed popular music videos for Tei Shi and Show Me The Body before he started making feature films. His debut film The Eyes of My Mother premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

He has also done video work for artists Snoop Dogg and The Black Keys. In 2013, Pesce developed an animated series starring Malcolm McDowell, J.K. Simmons, and Colin Quinn. Piercing (2018) is his second feature.

How did you get into filmmaking?

I’ve wanted to be a filmmaker since I was a kid. I went to NYU film school and after I graduated, I directed music videos for a few years. After I met the guys in Borderline Films, they helped me put together my first film, The Eyes of My Mother.

What was your inspiration for Piercing?

Piercing is based on
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Top 100 Most Anticipated American Indie Films of 2018: #25. Nicolas Pesce’s Piercing

Piercing

Borrowing from Takashi Miike’s Audition (seminal J Horror film) source material, Nicolas Pesce had time to dress, finesse his highly anticipated sophomore film and boy did he deliver with what comes across as a Cronenberg’s Crash like love story featured in hotel room spaces rather than car wreckage and works as an homage to a plethora of influential filmmakers including De Palma and the Giallo set.

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Magnet Releasing Acquires Worldwide Rights to Roxanne Benjamin’s New Movie Body At Brighton Rock

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Following her well-received segments in the horror anthology films Southbound and Xx, Roxanne Benjamin is making her feature-length debut with Body at Brighton Rock, a new survival thriller that's been acquired by Magnet Releasing.

Body At Brighton Rock is expected to be released later this year, and we'll be sure to keep you updated when more news is announced. In the meantime, we have the official press release below with additional details:

Press Release: New York, NY (January 29, 2018) – Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, announced today that they have acquired worldwide rights to survival thriller Body At Brighton Rock from Soapbox Films and Protostar Pictures, based off an original screenplay by acclaimed writer and director Roxanne Benjamin (Xx, Southbound). The feature debut from Benjamin stars Karina Fontes as an inexperienced park ranger who must spend the night guarding a potential crime scene on a remote mountain trail.

Produced by Christopher Alender,
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'Piercing': Film Review | Sundance 2018

'Piercing': Film Review | Sundance 2018
A psychosexual horror film with a seam of black comedy lying under the surface, Nicolas Pesce's Piercing offers a sadomasochistic two-hander and dares viewers to figure out who's on top at any given moment. Based on a novel by Ryu Murakami, who wrote the source material for Takashi Miike's Audition and several other movies, the film balances revulsion with allure and all its action against the question of who knows what, when. Stars Christopher Abbott and Mia Wasikowska go a long way toward keeping this tricky pic balanced, though Pesce's knowing use of sleazy-seventies vibe (following the distinctive black-and-white spareness...
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Sundance 2018 Interview: Nicolas Pesce and Christopher Abbott Talk Piercing

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Over this past weekend, Nicolas Pesce celebrated the world premiere of his second feature, Piercing, at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival (his debut film, The Eyes of My Mother, premiered at the fest back in 2016). While in Park City, Daily Dead caught up with Pesce and Piercing co-star Christopher Abbott, where they chatted about working together on the adaptation of Ryū Murakami’s novel, tapping into the physical comedy of the story, the distinct visual style of the movie, collaborating with Mia Wasikowska, and more.

Congratulations, Nicolas. We talked a while back for Eyes of My Mother, and I've been waiting very patiently to see what you were going to come up with next. This was a completely different experience, and a lot of fun. What was it about the source material that you decided this was going to be your next project? And what was the process of adapting it for film?
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Takashi Miike’s Blade Of The Immortal Coming to Blu-ray & DVD on February 13th

On February 13th, an immortal samurai's vengeance can be yours to own. Takashi Miike's centennial film Blade of the Immortal is coming to Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of Magnolia Home Entertainment, and it comes with five special features. Continue reading for specs and a look at the red band trailer in case you missed it.

Blu-ray.com reports that Blade of the Immortal, Takashi Miike's 100th film, will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on February 13th from Magnolia Home Entertainment. The Blu-ray release will include the following special features:

Manji vs. 300 - Featurette Takuya Kimura Interview Cast Interviews Poster Gallery Original Trailers

Synopsis: "Cursed with immortality, a highly skilled samurai in feudal Japan promises to help a young woman avenge the death of her parents. Their mission leads them into a bloody battle with a ruthless warrior and his band of master swordsmen."

Directed by Takashi Miike and
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‘Piercing’ Review: S&M Psychopaths Unleash Their Kinks In the Latest From ‘The Eyes of My Mother’ Director — Sundance 2018

‘Piercing’ Review: S&M Psychopaths Unleash Their Kinks In the Latest From ‘The Eyes of My Mother’ Director — Sundance 2018
In director Nicolas Pesce’s shocking first feature, an infant child was kidnapped and raised by a lunatic. In the first few minutes of his followup “Piercing,” an infant nearly gets stabbed by an ice pick. It comes as no surprise that Pesce has raised the bar for his twisted genre sensibilities in this concise sophomore effort, a slick adaptation of Ryu Murukami’s novel about another disturbed mind who finds a more productive outlet than infanticide in S&M. Though it falls short of the eerie surprises found in his black-and-white debut, “Piercing” delivers just enough macabre delights to confirm a darkly comedic sensibility on the rise.

At the center of the movie’s concise premise is Reed (Christopher Abbott), who gazes at his child with a baffled stare before explaining his new plan in a monotonous voiceover: He’ll entrap a prostitute in a hotel room and murder her,
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Ichi The Killer The Definitive Remastered Edition of the Cult Horror Classic Kills It on Blu-ray™ March 20

Takashi Miike’s Ichi The Killer has endured as one of the most influential pieces of genre filmmaking of the last two decades, and now it returns in a stunning all-new digitally restored special edition debuting on Blu-ray™ March 20 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Based on Hideo Yamamoto’s manga series of the same name, the controversial and graphic tale of feuding yakuza gangs is seen primarily through the actions of a scarred and psychologically damaged man, who is manipulated into killing rival faction members. Digitally remastered in 4k and approved by director Takashi Miike (13 Assassins), Ichi The Killer stars Tadanobu Asano, Nao Omori, Shinya Tsukamoto, Alien Sun and Sabu. Bonus content includes Audio Commentary with Director Takashi Miike & Manga Artist/Writer Hideo Yamamoto and a still gallery.

Ichi The Killer will also be on big screens in select cities across the country. Visit http://wellgousa.com/theatrical/ichi-the-killer for
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Ichi The Killer The Definitive Remastered Edition of the Cult Horror Classic Kills It on Blu-ray™ March 20

Takashi Miike’s Ichi The Killer has endured as one of the most influential pieces of genre filmmaking of the last two decades, and now it returns in a stunning all-new digitally restored special edition debuting on Blu-ray™ March 20 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Based on Hideo Yamamoto’s manga series of the same name, the controversial and graphic tale of feuding yakuza gangs is seen primarily through the actions of a scarred and psychologically damaged man, who is manipulated into killing rival faction members. Digitally remastered in 4k and approved by director Takashi Miike (13 Assassins), Ichi The Killer stars Tadanobu Asano, Nao Omori, Shinya Tsukamoto, Alien Sun and Sabu. Bonus content includes Audio Commentary with Director Takashi Miike & Manga Artist/Writer Hideo Yamamoto and a still gallery.

Ichi The Killer will also be on big screens in select cities across the country. Visit http://wellgousa.com/theatrical/ichi-the-killer for
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‘Ichi the Killer’: Trailer and Release Details for Takashi Miike’s Restored Cult Classic! [Exclusive]

‘Ichi the Killer’: Trailer and Release Details for Takashi Miike’s Restored Cult Classic! [Exclusive]
Last year it was announced that Emperor Motion Picture had restored and revived Ichi the Killer (2001), one of the most challenging, violent and iconic films to emerge from Japanese auteur Takashi Miike. Well Go USA Entertainment acquired North American rights for the all-new 4K restoration that’s also a brand new director’s cut. Miike’s Ichi the Killer has endured […]
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Here's My Long List of Favorite Films of 2017

I'm happy to finally be able to share my list of favorite movies from 2017. There have been a lot of great movies this year that loved. It's always hard putting together these end of the year lists, but I put together a list of over 20 films that are my favorites of the year. I've found that I don't like to limit myself to only picking ten movies like most critics.

I just want to reiterate that this is my favorites list. It's not necessarily a "best of" list, although I do believe that some of these are the best of the year. This is just my opinion, and I'm well aware of the fact that not all of you will agree with it, which is fine! I don't expect you to.

We all have different tastes in movies and there's something out there for all of us. I believe that
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The BFI’s seven biggest distribution awards of 2017

From foreign language hits to gritty UK drama, Screen charts the BFI’s biggest grants in 2017.1= The Handmaiden, Curzon, £150,000

Source: Curzon

The Handmaiden

Curzon’s charge is the only non-Bollywood and non-Polish foreign-language title to cross £1m this year. Park Chan-wook’s Cannes 2016 competition drama found its way to an impressive £1.35m.

1= Elle, Picturehouse, £150,000

Source: Picturehouse

Elle

The Picturehouse-Trafalgar-Lionsgate release was the second-biggest foreign-language film of the year with £863,000.

1= Lady Macbeth, Altitude, £150,000

Source: Altitude

Lady Macbeth

UK indie darling Lady Macbeth reached 104 cinemas in the first week of release and made it past £800,000.

2 Personal Shopper, Icon, £125,000

Source: Icon

Personal Shopper

The Kristen Stewart ghost story, a Cannes 2016 title, scared up £283,000.

3= My Life As A Courgette, Thunderbird, £100,000

Source: Thunderbird

My Life As A Courgette

My Life As a Courgette, which played in dubbed and subtitled versions, opened with £38,500 from 58 cinemas (£56,000 including previews) but failed to take off despite acclaim.
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The BFI’s seven biggest distribution awards of 2017

From foreign language hits to gritty UK drama, Screen charts the BFI’s biggest grants in 2017.1= The Handmaiden, Curzon, £150,000

Source: Curzon

The Handmaiden

Curzon’s charge is the only non-Bollywood and non-Polish foreign-language title to cross £1m this year. Park Chan-wook’s Cannes 2016 competition drama found its way to an impressive £1.35m.

1= Elle, Picturehouse, £150,000

Source: Picturehouse

Elle

The Picturehouse-Trafalgar-Lionsgate release was the second-biggest foreign-language film of the year with £863,000.

1= Lady Macbeth, Altitude, £150,000

Source: Altitude

Lady Macbeth

UK indie darling Lady Macbeth reached 104 cinemas in the first week of release and made it past £800,000.

2 Personal Shopper, Icon, £125,000

Source: Icon

Personal Shopper

The Kristen Stewart ghost story, a Cannes 2016 title, scared up £283,000.

3= My Life As A Courgette, Thunderbird, £100,000

Source: Thunderbird

My Life As A Courgette

My Life As a Courgette, which played in dubbed and subtitled versions, opened with £38,500 from 58 cinemas (£56,000 including previews) but failed to take off despite acclaim.

3= City Of Tiny Lights
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Here Are the 20 Best Asian Films of 2017 Part 1

2017 was a strange year for Asian cinema, after the impressive 2016, where “Godzilla”, “Your Name”, Nikkatsu’s new Roman films and the latest films by Park Chan-wook, Na Hong-jin and “Train to Busan” turned the interest of the international audience towards Se Asia, once more.

2017 has been a much more low-key year for Asian films however, giving the opportunity for productions from other Asian countries to shine, in contrast to 2016, when S.Korean and Japanese films dominated this list. So, without further ado, here are the 20 Best Asian Films of 2017, always with a focus on diversity, in random order.

(Some of the films premiered in 2015, but I took the liberty to include them, since they circulated, mostly, in 2017).

Blade of the Immortal (Takashi Miike, Japan)

Blade of the Immortal”, like “13 Assassins”, belongs to the collection of Miike’s calmer and more well-mannered movies, far for the wacky surreal ones. At the same time,
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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Takashi Miike

It’s a wonder how the worst student, which Takashi Miike fully admits he was, managed to get noticed by the right people in order to begin a career. Strange things happen sometimes it would seem, but they tend to do so in a way that benefits not just the individual but everyone that has anything to do with him as well. Takashi had the desire the race motorbikes when he was younger and yet went into directing when the time and opportunity came around. He fully admits that he was as undisciplined as they came and didn’t take anything seriously

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Takashi Miike
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