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Afm: Nikkatsu to partner with Wild Bunch for Kurosawa's next film

3 November 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Japanese studio and international sales agent pairing up for new sci-fi.

Japanese studio Nikkatsu is partnering with Wild Bunch to handle international sales on the next film from leading Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa.

The as-yet-untitled project is a sci-fi suspense film produced by Nikkatsu. The produers are keeping details under wraps but say the project is in post-production and based on an unspecified play.

Nikkatsu is handling Asian sales, with Wild Bunch handling all other international territories.

“This is my first film adapted from a theatre play,” said Kurosawa. “I was conflicted about tackling the marriage of satire, humour and sci-fi elements unique to the original work. But after overcoming the difficulties, I feel the different elements will be balanced.”

The film is executive produced by Nikkatsu’s Yuji Ishida, whose credits include Unforgiven, Confessions and Memories Of Matsuko. Kurosawa’s recent films include Creepy, which premiered at Berlin this year, and Daguerrotype »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Busan: A Critic Analyzes the Festival Lineup

6 October 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It is not just size but the element of surprise that makes the Busan Intl. Film Festival (Biff) a Mecca for film buffs. A festival whose reputation is founded on discovering and nurturing new talents, picking which films to watch here is like blind-tasting. This is especially true for New Currents, the festival’s main competition showcasing debut or sophomore Asian directors. Like trying out a new grape variety or wine from lesser known regions, the best thing to do is to trust your instincts and take many sips.

Since most overseas film professionals come to Busan to scout Asian films, the World Cinema and Flash Forward sections sometimes fall under their radar. Nevertheless, the programmers of Flash Forward fish for non-Asian indie films that may have slipped through the net in major festivals.

“Bonfire,” a debut by Dmitry Davydov, is set in Sakhia Republic, the little-known federal subject of Russia, »

- Maggie Lee

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Busan: Mecca for Film Buffs Opens With Strong Slate of New Talents

5 October 2016 7:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It is not just size, but the element of surprise that makes the Busan Intl. Film Festival, which runs Oct. 6-15, a mecca for film buffs. A festival whose reputation is founded on discovering and nurturing new talents, picking which films to watch here is akin to blind-tasting. This is especially true for New Currents, the festival’s main competition showcasing debut or sophomore Asian directors. Like trying out a new grape variety or wine from lesser-known regions, the best thing to do is to trust your instincts and take many sips.

Since most overseas film pros come to Busan to scout Asian films, the World Cinema and Flash Forward sections sometimes fall under their radar. Nevertheless, the programmers of Flash Forward fish for non-Asian indie films that may have slipped through the net in major festivals.

“Bonfire,” a debut by Dmitry Davydov, is set in Sakhia Republic, the little-known federal subject of Russia, »

- Maggie Lee

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Nikkatsu takes sales on omnibus feature 'Madly'

19 September 2016 5:23 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Gael García Bernal among directors on anthology film.

Japan’s Nikkatsu Corporation has taken international sales rights on omnibus romantic drama Madly, which premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in April.

Comprised of six stories, all of which focus on the complications of modern love, the film features behind-the-camera stints from talent including Gael García Bernal, Sion Sono, Sebastián Silva, Mia Wasikowska, Anurag Kashyap, and Natasha Khan, all of whom directed one of the 15-minute vignettes.

Following its premiere in Tribeca, where star Radhika Apte picked up the festival’s best actress award, the film had a subsequent berth at the Melbourne International Film Festival in August.

The feature was produced by Eric Mahoney and executively produced by Nusrat Durrani.

Durrani commented: “Madly is a thrilling take on a universal subject and its six scintillating films tackle bold themes that represent a global state-of-the-union of love. We are happy to have Nikkatsu represent the film »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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Avert Your Eyes! It's Nikkatsu's Roman Porno Reboot Trailer

15 September 2016 3:30 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

45 years after Nikkatsu switched its focus from making yakuza movies to focusing on softcore erotica, the celebrated Japanese studio returns to the titillating genre with its Roman Porno Reboot project, and has attracted some pretty heavyweight talent along for the ride.   Directors Sion Sono (Why Don't You Play in Hell?, Love Exposure), Hideo Nakata (Ring, Dark Water), Akihiko Shiota (Moonlight Whispers), Kazuya Shiraishi (Love Paradise in Tokyo) and Isao Yukisada (Crying out Love in the Center of the World) were each recruited to make a 70-80 minute film, shot in one week, which will start screening theatrically from late November, as well as on satellite platform SkyPerfecTV!   The features, entitled Battle, Society, Art, Lesbian and Romance each revisit the roman porno genre...

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Connections in Invisible Ink: A Look Back at Locarno 69

22 August 2016 3:32 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The OrnithologistIt’s one thing to watch a film festival unfold and take the films as they come when they come, on their own individual merits. It’s another to look back at them as part of a bigger picture, tracing connections made in invisible ink that may not be apparent at the time. That’s one way to look at the competitive selection of Locarno in 2016. As usual, yes, Locarno did take risks very few other A-list festivals would, and it still gets away with stuff other events can’t. (Let’s pause here to remember that Filipino auteur du jour Lav Diaz only went on to the main Berlin line-up after winning the Golden Leopard two years ago.) If getting away with it means tripping over itself occasionally (and in my short time of attending Locarno there have been stumbles, believe me), I’m absolutely fine with it. »

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Daily | Locarno 2016 | Akihiko Shiota’s Wet Woman In The Wind

13 August 2016 4:57 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

"Wet Woman in the Wind is a curious proposition—a formal genre exercise with energy to spare, and a cheerfully dirty mind," writes Jonathan Romney in a dispatch to Film Comment from Locarno. "Written and directed by Akihiko Shiota, best known for low-key drama titles such as Harmful Insect and action blockbuster Dororo, Wet Woman is one of a series of films commissioned by the Nikkatsu Corporation to celebrate the 45th anniversary of their 'Roman Porno' series of sex films, which originally ran from 1971 to 1988." We're collecting reviews. » - David Hudson »

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Locarno soft core porn movie 'Wet Woman In The Wind' stirs buyers

5 August 2016 8:52 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Akihiko Shiota’s latest has gone to South Korea and Taiwan.

Nikkatsu Corporation has sold Akihiko Shiota’s latest film Wet Woman In The Wind, which is set to receive its world premiere in Locarno’s International Competition today Friday (August 5), to South Korea (Orange Yellow Heim) and Taiwan (Movie Cloud).

This is the first Roman Porno film from Nikkatsu in the festival’s main competition since the Japanese company started the softcore porn label in 1971. It also marks the return of Japanese director Shiota to Locarno after his first feature Moonlight Whispers (not a Nikkatsu Roman Porno) was competing for the Golden Leopard in 1999.

The new picture is about a former playwright from the city who seeks to lead a quiet life in the mountain but is caught up in a spiral of desire with a promiscuous young woman. The main cast includes Yuki Mamiya and Tasuku Nagaoka.

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Nikkatsu will relaunch their Roman Porno productions with leading Japanese directors

29 March 2016 1:58 AM, PDT | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

More that 1,100 of similar soft-core productions were released in theaters during the 70’s and 80’s by Nikkatsu, which helped to launch the careers of filmmakers like Masayuki Suo (Shall we Dance?, The Terminal Trust), Takashi Ishii (Gonin), Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Pulse, Tokyo Sonata, Journey to the Shore), Yojiro Takita (Departures), Koji Wakamatsu (Endless Waltz, United Red Army, Caterpillar) and many more.

The main reason so many directors chose the particular genre was due to the complete artistic freedom given to the them after they have met four criteria:

The film must have a required minimum quota of sex scenes (supposedly a sex scene every five minutes, although this rule was never strictly met)  The film must be approximately one hour in duration. It must be filmed on 16 mm or 35 mm film within one week. The film must be made on a very limited budget (about $35,000)

The films were commecially successes and »

- Panos Kotzathanasis

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FilMart: Nikkatsu Reinvents ‘Roman Porno’

14 March 2016 4:05 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Five of Japan’s top directors — Sion Sono and Hideo Nakata among them — will make short features in the classic “Nikkatsu Roman Porno” format for theatrical release and TV broadcast, Nikkatsu has revealed.

Other directors for the “Roman Porno Reboot Project” are Akihiko Shiota, Kazuya Shiraishi and Isao Yukisada.

All will be given the same budget and be required to shoot their films within one week, with running times of 70 to 80 minutes. Exact titles and release schedules have yet to be decided.

In the 1970s and 1980s the Nikkatsu Roman Porno genre, which allowed directors wide latitude if they included a certain number of sex scenes in their films, was the launching pad for many now-prominent Japanese filmmakers, including Yojiro Takita, director of the Oscar winner “Departures.”

The new films will be released theatrically starting this winter and will also be offered to subscribers on the SkyPerfecTV! satellite platform.

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- Mark Schilling

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