9 items from 2013
The Tale of Princess Kaguya Trailer. Isao Takahata‘s The Tale of Princess Kaguya / Kaguyahime no monogatari (2013) movie trailer (6 minute long) stars Tatsuya Nakadai, Shichinosuke Nakamura, Kengo Kora, Nobuko Miyamoto, and Takaya Kamikawa. The Tale of Princess Kaguya‘s plot synopsis: “The latter film adapts the Japanese story The Tale of the Bamboo [...]
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- Rollo Tomasi
Harakiri (Japan: Seppuku), 1962.
Directed by Masaki Kobayashi.
An elder ronin samurai arrives at a feudal lord's home and requests an honorable place to commit suicide. But when the ronin inquires about a younger samurai who arrived before him things take an unexpected turn.
Of all the many features he churns out in a year, Takashi Miike didn’t need to direct a remake of Masaki Kobayashis Harakiri. Simply put, Miike didn’t need to update Harakiri for modern audiences – there’s nothing tame about Kobayashi’s original, not in its anti-authoritarian stance, its downbeat attitude to the rich/poor divide or in its cutting violence. Films so overtly about the evaporation of honour in the modern world or the system crushing the little man weren’t so common at the time Harakiri was made, lending »
- Gary Collinson
Peter O.Brien plays the lead in Malaysian feature Almayer's Folly (Hanyut), whose writer/director U-Wei Bin Hajisaari is up for best screenplay.
Some 39 films from 21 Asia Pacific countries will compete in the awards which will be presented on December 12 in Brisbane.s City Hall.
Other nominees for best film are Asgha Farhadi.s The Past, »
- Don Groves
Television directly deals with issues of modernity versus tradition in rural Bangladesh, making it a film well worth debating within the context of the APSAs, which celebrate both quality cinema and the cultural importance of film.
Television closed the Busan International Film Festival last year. If it wins Apsa’s highest accolade it will have impressed the jury more than Omar from Palestine; With You, Without You from Sri Lanka; Like Father, Like Son from Japan; The Turning;, an anthology film from Australia and The Past, directed by one of Apsa’s most high-profile regular contenders, Iranian »
- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)
War is hell, for sure, but war can make for undeniably brilliant movie-making. Here, the Guardian and Observer's critics pick the ten best
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As the second world war thriller became bogged down during the mid-60s in plodding epics like Operation Crossbow and The Heroes of Telemark, someone was needed to reintroduce a little sang-froid, some post-Le Carré espionage, and for heaven's sake, some proper macho thrills into the genre. Alistair Maclean stepped up, writing the screenplay and the novel of Where Eagles Dare simultaneously, and Brian G Hutton summoned up a better than usual cast headed by Richard Burton (Major Jonathan Smith), a still fresh-faced Clint Eastwood (Lieutenant Morris Schaffer), and the late Mary Ure (Mary Elison).
Parachuted into the German Alps, they have one »
“If it were not for those children asleep there, I would kill you this moment.”
Directors: Masaki Kobayashi
Plot: An anthology of four Japanese folk tales that centre on ghosts.
Horror has always worked in the anthology format. A number of different tales being told in succession gives the feel of sitting round the campfire and one-upmanship. I’ve never done that myself, but I can imagine it’s pretty cool having watched Are You Afraid Of The Dark? Anthologies have always interested me, as there is usually something to be gained from them. Even if just one of the stories hits, then you haven’t exactly wasted your time. The greatest of all cinematic anthologies has to be the Japanese classic Kwaidan.
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Cinema is a kind of uber-art form that’s made up of a multitude of other forms of art including writing, directing, acting, drawing, design, photography and fashion. As such, film is, as all cinema aficionados know, a highly collaborative venture.
One of the most consistently fascinating collaborations in cinema is that of the director and actor.
This article will examine some of the great director & actor teams. It’s important to note that this piece is not intended as a film history survey detailing all the generally revered collaborations.
There is a wealth of information and study available on such duos as John Ford & John Wayne, Howard Hawks & John Wayne, Elia Kazan & Marlon Brando, Akira Kurosawa & Toshiro Mifune, Alfred Hitchcock & James Stewart, Ingmar Bergman & Max Von Sydow, Federico Fellini & Giulietta Masina/Marcello Mastroianni, Billy Wilder & Jack Lemmon, Francis Ford Coppola & Al Pacino, Woody Allen & Diane Keaton, Martin Scorsese & Robert DeNiro »
- Terek Puckett
Akira Kurosawa Week concludes at Trailers from Hell with director Brian Trenchard-Smith introducing "Ran," Kurosawa's existential epic of chaos with Japanese superstar Tatsuya Nakadai in the King Lear-esque lead role.Like Orson Welles, Akira Kurosawa found it difficult to find backing for projects in his later years. Producer Serge Silberman came to the rescue with a Japanese-French coproduction package to enable the director to make this dark spectacle based primarily on the exploits of an actual 16th century warlord, although there are undeniable similarities to King Lear. Kurosawa spent ten years storyboarding the film as paintings, accounting for the stunning visuals throughout. »
- Trailers From Hell
To Remake Or Not To Remake, That Is The Question
“Ichimei” or “Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai” is Takashi Miike‘s 2012 remake of the extraordinary 1962 classic “Seppuku” ( or “Harakiri“ ), that one directed by Masaki Kobayashi. If you feel like this might be a little too ambitious of a project for someone like Miike, fear not. His last project was “13 Assassins” ( which was reviewed right here on Amp ), a similar type of film with parallel themes and a striking resemblance in terms of visuals.
The story goes as follows: A ronin requests an audience with the regent of a powerful samurai clan. Once he is permitted to enter the grounds, the wandering warrior makes a startling demand: he requests the use of the clan’s courtyard in order to perform hara-kiri ( suicide by disembowelment ). Now, this is where the story gets even stranger…
As the conversation continues, the regent reveals an »
9 items from 2013
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