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‘Ninja: Shadow of a Tear’ Review

Stars: Scott Adkins, Mika Hijii, Kane Kosugi, Shun Sugata, Vithaya Pansringarm, Mukesh Bhatt, Tim Man, Jawed El BerniSaichia Wongwirot, Shogo Tanikawa, Futoshi Hashimoto | Written by David N. White | Directed by Isaac Florentine

I’m a huge fan of 2009′s Ninja, as my signed Blu-ray will atest, so it’s safe to say I was super-excited for the UK release of the sequel Ninja: Shadow of a Tear. Whereas the first film saw Scott Adkins titular hero Casey Bowman using his ninjutsu skills on the streets of New York, this film sees Casey return home from some late night shopping to find someone has brutally killed his wife Namiko (Mika Hijii) and their unborn child. Bereft, Casey has only one thing left to live for… revenge.

The only clues to Namiko’s killer are the barbed wire marks left around her neck. So, with the help of his trusted friend Nakabara
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Ninja II: Shadow of a Tear Blue-ray Review

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Ninja II: Shadow of a Tear Blue-ray Review
Title: Ninja II: Shadow of a Tear Directed by: Isaac Florentine Starring: Scott Adkins, Vithaya Pansringarm, Mika Hijii, Shun Sugata, Ron Smoorenburg Running time: 94 minutes, Rated R, Available on DVD Special Features: Featurette, Cast & Crew Interviews, Behind the Scenes Casey Bowman (Scott Adkins) and his pregnant wife Namiko (Mika Hijii) are living the idyllic life in Japan. He goes out to purchase a special necklace, get’s confronted by muggers but he holds his own and brings the gift home to his wife. Sometime later, an intruder murders his young wife and unborn child. Casey returns to his old dojo after his former classmate returns for the funeral and [ Read More ]

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Exclusive: Beyond Outrage TV Spot

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Exclusive: Beyond Outrage TV Spot
Internationally-renowned actor-director Takeshi Kitano returns with Beyond Outrage, his follow up to 2011's Outrage. We have an exclusive TV spot for fans to check out, before this action-packed sequel arrives on iTunes and other VOD formats November 28, ahead of its theatrical debut on January 3, 2014. This explosive thriller co-stars Ryo Kase, Toshiyuki Nishida and Shun Sugata.

With Beyond Outrage, action cinema master Takeshi Kitano returns to the hard boiled characters, black comedy and unflinching violence of his crime masterpiece Outrage. This time, a manipulative police crackdown on organized crime has ignited a tricky power struggle in the yakuza underworld.

The Sanno crime family has grown into a massive organization dominated by young executives whose new approach to running the family is causing frustration and pent-up resentment with the old-guard members. This vulnerability in the Sanno hierarchy is exactly what anti-gang detective Kataoka has been looking for, as the police force prepares a full-scale crackdown.
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Ninja 2: Shadow of a Tear Trailer

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Ninja 2: Shadow of a Tear Trailer
Ninja star Scott Adkins returns as martial arts warrior Casey Bowman in Ninja 2: Shadow of a Tear. Millennium Entertainment has released the first trailer and two posters for this upcoming sequel, where Casey must square off with an evil drug lord named Goro (Shun Sugata). Vithaya Pansringarm (Only God Forgives) co-stars in this action-thriller, arriving in theaters December 31.

Fight everyone and trust no one: it's the code of survival practiced by martial-arts master Casey Bowman after his life of domestic bliss is shattered by a savage act of violence. Vowing revenge, the fearless American stealthily tracks the killer from Osaka to Bangkok to Rangoon with the help of a wise and crafty sensei. His only clues: a series of victims whose necks bear the distinctive mark of strangulation by barbed wire. Fighting to avenge as well as to survive, Casey must sharpen his razor-like responses and take his battle skills to the next level,
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Kitano Returns In ‘Beyond Outrage’ Trailer

Takeshi Kitano is a talent agency unto himself. The comedian, writer, director, game show participant (of Takeshi’s Castle fame) has always delivered some of the most beautiful, violent, and funniest films around. His classics, including Dolls, Sonatine, and Hana-bi are just some of the examples of his exceptional work. Now he ventures into sequel territory with Beyond Outrageous, the follow-up to 2010′s Outrage. Following on from the events of the last film, Ohtomo (Kitano) is out for revenge, which ignites an all out Yakuza war on the streets of Japan. The trailer promises plenty of Kitano’s signature sudden and shocking violence, as well as glimpses of his dark humour.

Beyond Outrage will hit iTunes and On Demand services 28th November, with a cinematic release in the Us on 3rd January. It stars Takeshi Kitano, Ryo Kase, Toshiyuki Nishida, Shun Sugata, Ken Mitsuishi, and Tomokazu Miura.

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Fresh Art And Plot Details For Isaac Florentine's Ninja 2

Principal photography hasn't begun yet for Isaac Florentine's martial arts flick Ninja 2 but that hasn't stopped Nu Image/Millennium Films from whipping up a poster art.  While the artwork is nothing more than a rehash of material from the first installment, the tagline makes it pretty clear where the story is heading - the revenge-plot direction.  Scott Adkins reprise the role of the American ninja Casey Bowman, along with Mika Hijii as Namiko.  The antagonist roles include Kane Kosugi as Nakabara and Shun Sugata as Goro. Here's how the official synopsis describes it (spoiler alert):Fight everyone and trust no one: it's the code of survival practiced by martial-arts master Casey Bowman after his life of domestic bliss is shattered by a savage act of violence....
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Venice 2012: Takeshi Kitano’s Outrage Beyond

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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
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Second trailer for "Donzumari Benki"

The official website for Haruhi Oguri’s Donzumari Benki has been updated with a second full trailer.

Nahana stars as a violent girl named Narumi who was sent to prison for stabbing a co-worker. Narumi lost both parents when she was young, so she decides to go stay with her younger brother, Kei (Kuniaki Nakamura) upon release. When she arrives, she finds him living with his girlfriend, Kana (Keiko Sugawara). Seeing the two of them living happily together causes her to become filled with jealousy due to the twisted relationship they’ve shared since their parents died. In a desperate attempt to steal Kei back from his girlfriend, Narumi makes up her mind to betray their childhood secret.

Shun Sugata (Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Confessions of a Dog) also stars.

Donzumari Benki” will be screened at Shibuya Euro Space on April 14, 2012.
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Giveaway! Win 1 Of 6 Signed Bunraku Posters!

The fine people at Arc Entertinament and XLRator Media have provided Twitch readers with the opportunity to win one of six signed one sheets from Guy Moshe's neo-noir/western/action/samurai film, Bunraku!  The posters are signed by director Guy Moshe and star Ron Perlman and will be shipped in poster tubes, unfolded to you, the winner!Bunraku is a hyper-stylized post-apocalyptic fantasy film that meshes elements from different avant garde film and theater styles to create something new. The film is very daring visually, and brings together a pretty damned impressive main and supporting cast, including: Josh Hartnett, Gackt, Ron Perlman, Kevin McKidd, Woody Harrelson, Demi Moore, and Shun Sugata. What do you have to do to win?  That's easy!  Just send me an e-mail with Bunraku Poster...
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Exclusive: Ron Perlman Talks Bunraku

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Exclusive: Ron Perlman Talks Bunraku
Ron Perlman discusses playing the villain Nicola in Bunraku, working with such a diverse cast, Sons of Anarchy, Hellboy 3, and more

Ron Perlman is an actor who never seems to stop working. He manages to find time between his hit FX series Sons of Anarchy to fit in movie projects such as Conan the Barbarian and Drive. He has even recently provided his trademark voice to animated TV shows such as Adventure Time, American Dad!, and SpongeBob SquarePants. The actor will next be seen on the big screen as the villain Nicola in the stylish action project Bunraku, which is currently available on VOD formats and will debut in theaters September 30. I recently had the chance to speak with Ron Perlman over the phone to discuss Bunraku and much more. Here's what he had to say below.

I spoke with Josh (Hartnett) and Kevin (McKidd) for this movie, and they
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25 Alternative 2011 Tiff Picks: Amir Naderi's Cut

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#7. Cut Director: Amir Naderi Cast: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Takako Tokiwa,Takashi Sasano, Shun Sugata, Denden Distributor: Rights Available Buzz: Opening Venice's Orizzonti section before shipping out to Toronto, this marks a noteworthy new direction for one of the most important figures in New Iranian cinema of the 70's and 80's. After working as an American filmmaker for a pair of decade, Amir Naderi has gone all "The Five Obstructions" on his career by ordering his latest work to be all things Japanese. With collaborations from Shinji Aoyama (2000's Eureka) who helped co-write the film and Kiyoshi Kurosawa (2003's Bright Future) who served as special consultant, this should be a standout item in Naderi's filmography. The Gist: Described by the festival "as a visual love poem for the cinema set in the world of the yakuza," I'm a huge fan of filmmakers making films about the filmmaking process - in this case
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Exclusive: Josh Hartnett Talks Bunraku

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Exclusive: Josh Hartnett Talks Bunraku
Josh Hartnett discusses his role in Bunraku, working with this ensemble cast, future projects, and much more.

I have followed actor Josh Hartnett's career ever since the Halloween: H20 days for a couple of reasons. One is that we both hail from that frozen tundra of a state known as Minnesota, and two, he always makes intriguing choices as an actor from big-budget blockbusters like Pearl Harbor to indie's like Lucky Number Slevin and stylized genre fare like Sin City and 30 Days of Night. The actor's next project is the upcoming indie Bunraku, which will be available on VOD platforms September 1 before its theatrical release on September 30. Josh Hartnett stars as a mysterious unnamed drifter, who rolls into a town which has become terrorized by demons and other supernatural forces. I recently had the chance to speak with Josh Hartnett over the phone about this new movie. Here's what he had to say.
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Bunraku fight scene clip

See Josh Hartnett's The Drifter take on Yoshi (Gackt) in this fight scene clip from Bunraku! Arc Entertainment releases the action pic to theaters on September 30th and you can catch Bunraku on Video on Deman on September 1st. Guy Moshe (Holly) directs from his own script with a well known cast for the most part, including Josh Hartnett, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson, Ron Perlman, Kevin McKidd, Gackt, Jordi Mollà, Emily Kaiho and Shun Sugata. Check out the clip below the plot for Bunraku and let us know what you think. Cheesy or are you up for it?
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Bunraku fight scene clip

See Josh Hartnett's The Drifter take on Yoshi (Gackt) in this fight scene clip from Bunraku! Arc Entertainment releases the action pic to theaters on September 30th and you can catch Bunraku on Video on Deman on September 1st. Guy Moshe (Holly) directs from his own script with a well known cast for the most part, including Josh Hartnett, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson, Ron Perlman, Kevin McKidd, Gackt, Jordi Mollà, Emily Kaiho and Shun Sugata. Check out the clip below the plot for Bunraku and let us know what you think. Cheesy or are you up for it?
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Bunraku movie poster

See the first poster for Bunraku, starring Josh Hartnett, Woody Harrelson, Gackt, Kevin McKidd, Ron Perlman and Demi Moore. Guy Moshe (Holly) directs and writes the action fantasy which follows a toung man who has spent his life in search of revenge, only to find himself against a bigger challenge than he expected. Also in the cast of Bunraku are Jordi Mollà, Emily Kaiho and Shun Sugata. The film is produced by Ram Bergman, Keith Calder, Jessica Wu and Nava Levin. Pic made its premiere at last year's Toronto International Film Festival and opens theatrically on September 30th via Arc Entertainment.
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Bunraku movie poster

See the first poster for Bunraku, starring Josh Hartnett, Woody Harrelson, Gackt, Kevin McKidd, Ron Perlman and Demi Moore. Guy Moshe (Holly) directs and writes the action fantasy which follows a toung man who has spent his life in search of revenge, only to find himself against a bigger challenge than he expected. Also in the cast of Bunraku are Jordi Mollà, Emily Kaiho and Shun Sugata. The film is produced by Ram Bergman, Keith Calder, Jessica Wu and Nava Levin. Pic made its premiere at last year's Toronto International Film Festival and opens theatrically on September 30th via Arc Entertainment.
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Bunraku movie poster

See the first poster for Bunraku, starring Josh Hartnett, Woody Harrelson, Gackt, Kevin McKidd, Ron Perlman and Demi Moore. Guy Moshe (Holly) directs and writes the action fantasy which follows a toung man who has spent his life in search of revenge, only to find himself against a bigger challenge than he expected. Also in the cast of Bunraku are Jordi Mollà, Emily Kaiho and Shun Sugata. The film is produced by Ram Bergman, Keith Calder, Jessica Wu and Nava Levin. Pic made its premiere at last year's Toronto International Film Festival and opens theatrically on September 30th via Arc Entertainment.
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Josh Hartnett, Demi Moore, Ron Perlman go to war in 'Bunraku'

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Josh Hartnett, Demi Moore, Ron Perlman go to war in 'Bunraku'
Arc Entertainment, in association with Barry Gordon's XLrator Media, has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Snoot Entertainment’s "Bunraku." Josh Hartnett ("30 Days of Night," "Pearl Harbor") toplines a cast that also includes Ron Perlman ("Hellboy"), Demi Moore ("GI Jane"), Woody Harrelson ("No Country For Old Men"), Kevin McKidd ("Grey's Anatomy") and Jordi Mollà ("Knight and Day"), Gackt Camui and Shun Sugata ("Tokyo Gore Police"). Written and directed by Guy Moshe ("Holly"), "Bunraku" premiered at the 2010 Toronto Film Fest. In a nod to samurai films and spaghetti westerns alike, Harnett plays a mysterious stranger (Josh Hartnett) who wanders into a...
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Arc Entertainment Snaps Up U.S. Rights to Martial Arts Drama 'Bunraku'

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Arc Entertainment Snaps Up U.S. Rights to Martial Arts Drama 'Bunraku'
Arc Entertainment and Barry Gordon's XLrator Media has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the Snoot Entertainment’s "Bunraku." The martial arts film premiered at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival. Among its stars are Josh Hartnett, Ron Perlman, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson, Kevin McKidd and Jordi Mollà as well as Japanese actors Gackt Camui and Shun Sugata. The movie centers on a mysterious drifter (Hartnett) and young Japanese warrior Yoshi (Gackt) who arrive in a town that has been terrorized by criminals. The two eventually join forces to bring down the bad guys. Snoot Entertainment’s
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Arc Entertainment Acquires Josh Hartnett 2010 Toronto Action Film 'Bunraku'

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Arc Entertainment Acquires Josh Hartnett 2010 Toronto Action Film 'Bunraku'
Update: I originally posted a trailer for this movie that I found on Youtube, and the Deadline commenters have spent the day beating it like it owed them money. The producers have appealed to my sense of fair play because, they said, the trailer was an early sales tool that doesn't reflect the quality of the finished film. So I've pulled the trailer. Exclusive: Arc Entertainment is teaming with Barry Gordon's XLrator Media to acquire U.S. distribution rights to Bunraku, the Guy Moshe-directed martial arts action film that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last fall. The film stars Josh Hartnett, Ron Perlman, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson, Kevin McKidd, Jordi Molla, Gackt Camui and Shun Sugata. Hartnett plays a mysterious drifter who arrives in town the same time as a young Japanese warrior (Gackt). The town has been poisoned by criminal elements, and each man moves along toward separate missions,
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