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Film Review: ‘Bali Big Brother’

If Japan and Bali were assessed according to the Gnh (Gross National Happiness) index, which would rank higher? The answer is a no-brainer in “Bali Big Brother,” a madcap motivational comedy based on Japanese tycoon Takatoshi Maruo’s success story on the Indonesian island. Japanese-Korean helmer Toshio Lee (“Detroit Metal City,” “Box!”) treats audiences to luxury pursuits in a tropical paradise, while imparting wisdom on the social responsibility of wealth, making the film a curious cross between “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” and a World Vision commercial. Obviously, those who already know about Maruo will be the core audience, but marketing may capitalize on the financial self-help angle to target Asian markets.

The film is adapted from Sho Kuroiwa’s bestseller “Degaseba daifugo” (“If You Work Abroad You Can Become a Tycoon”), about the success formulas of Maruo, an average salaryman from Osaka who emigrated to Bali and worked to become a property magnate,
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Blu-ray Review: The Assassians (2012): Zhao Yi Yang, Chow Yun Fat

  The Assassins (2012) Blu-ray Review, a movie directed by Linshan Zhao (Zhao Yi Yang) and starring Chow Yun-Fat, Liu Yifei, Hiroshi Tamaki, Peng Jingci, Alec Su, Annie Yi, Qiu Xinzhi, Yao Lu, Ni Dahong, Chi Cheng, Qu Quancheng, and Bao Jianfeng. Release Date: January 8, 2012 Film Review The Assassins is a visually stunning chamber drama [...]

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Contest: Win The Assassins on Blu-ray

Well Go USA is releasing The Assassins on Blu-ray and DVD January 8, director Linshan Zhao's action drama set in ancient China. Chow Yun-Fat stars as Chinese Warlord Cao Cao, who is targeted for assassination when an ancient prophecy predicts a new power will arise. We have a contest lined up for fans to take home the Blu-ray. You don't have to overthrow an ancient Chinese dynasty to win The Assassins. It's easy to enter, just keep reading for details...

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During the Three Kingdoms period, Cao Cao stands as the last pillar of power preventing the collapse of the Han throne.
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Well Go is sending The Assassins after North America

Well Go USA has announced that the next historical Chinese epic to cross the Pacific will be Lin Shan Zhao's The Assassins, coming to Blu-ray and DVD. Chow Yun Fat stars alongside Yifei Liu (White Vengeance) and Hiroshi Tamaki (Heavenly Forest). Reviews of the film since it's release in China in October have been fairly middle of the road, but we think any time Chow Yun Fat appears onscreen, it's worth taking note.
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Akira Redux

You've heard that they're making a live action American version of Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira (1988), right? That's the sci-fi cartoon that really opened the Anime floodgates here in the States. I have a faint memory of seeing the movie in the theater when it arrived in the States -- I think 1990? -- and that memory involves two things: my jaw was mostly open throughout from the epic violent craziness, and my best friend at the time who I went to every movie with (hi Kevan!) turned to me during the climactic battle when Tetsuo transforms hideously into this blob like creature and said something silly like "quivering mounds of blubbery goo" in a dramatic but silly voice. We started giggling and a rather, um, large patron in front of us turned around to give us hateful looks. Embarrassing! But we were just reacting to the visuals on screen, I promise.

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Rest of “Ooku” cast announced

Back in December, it was announced that a new film adaptation of Fumi Yoshinaga’s Ooku manga was in the works and that it would star Kou Shibasaki and Arashi’s Kazunari Ninomiya in the two lead roles. Then in February, a new batch of co-stars was announced including Maki Horikita, Hiroshi Tamaki, Sadao Abe, and Tadayoshi Okura (of Kanjani8).

Today it was revealed that the cast will also include Kuranosuke Sasaki, Emi Wakui, Mitsuko Baisho, Muga Takewaki, and Aoi Nakamura, among others.

The film is set in an alternate an alternate version of Japan in which a disease has drastically decreased the male population, turning the nation into a matriarchal society in which young men are treated as a precious commodity never to be risked in sports or war. Within the story, gender roles and names are typically reversed. Ninomiya stars as a commoner named Mizuno who enters the
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Full trailer for "Nodame Cantabile The Movie II"

I’m a bit late in posting this, but in case you missed it, here’s the trailer for Nodame Cantabile Saishu Gakusho Kouhen, the followup to “Nodame Cantabile Saishu Gakusho Zenpen” which opened in Japan back on December 19, 2009.

The new film picks up where the first installment left off—Nodame (Juri Ueno) and Chiaki (Hiroshi Tamaki) mutually decide that it would be for the best if they parted ways for a while so Nodame can practice for an upcoming competition. However, when things don’t go her way, she gets impatient and depressed. While Nodame is away, Chiaki’s former pianist Rui Son (Yu Yamada) returns to take her place. To make matters worse, Rui and Chiaki are set to play the song Nodame dreams of playing with Chiaki herself: Ravel’s “Concerto in G Minor”.

“Nodame Cantabile Saishu Gakusho Kouhen” will open in Japan on April 17, 2010.

Source: Official
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Full Trailer for Mw live-action adaptation

Just in time for the currently ongoing epidemic plague *caugh* a first full trailer for the live-action adaptation of Osamu Tezuka’s classic manga Mw has been released.

Mw tells the story of the young banker Michio Yuki (Hiroshi Tamaki), who as a kid survived the outbreak of a virus called Mw and the following cover-up operation by the military. However, his encounter with the virus wasn’t without consequences. It slowly drives him insane and makes him murder the people responsible for the outbreak. To complete his revenge he plans to unleash Mw once more, but this time to wipe out the entire human race. The priest Yutaro Garai (Takayuki Yamada) is supposed to stop the catastrophe but seems to be more busy trying to save his own soul…

[See post to watch Flash video] Gaga Communications will bring Mw to Japanese cinemas starting July 4, 2009.

[via Nippon Cinema]

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Full trailer for Osamu Tezuka’s virus manga Mw!

Thanks to the Twitch gang we've finally got a full look at the explosive, live action Manga adaptation Mw.

When a top secret chemical compound called Mw infects an island near Okinawa, the military is sent in to kill all the victims and cover up the incident. A survivor named Michio Yuki (Hiroshi Tamaki) grows up to become a highly-successful banker, but he is slowly being driven mad by the effects of Mw. After committing a series of ruthless crimes to get revenge against the people responsible for the cover-up, he decides that the only way to truly get revenge is to unleash Mw on the world and exterminate the entire human race.

While the trailer is definitely more satisfying than those early teasers, it's tough to tell the tone when there's a Jpop song blasting the background. But ah well, that seems to be par for the course these
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Full trailer for the live-action adaptation of Osamu Tezuka’s ‘Mw’

The teasers were exactly that, nothing but a tease but now we get a live-action adaptation of Osamu Tezuka’s manga Mw and a look-see at some footage from the film. Not bad. As is par for the course the makers of the trailer ‘wisely’ decided to throw that standby JPop song smack dab in the middle of it. Please stop doing that, especially when it comes to trailers for thrillers and such. You’re taking away from the feel of it.

When a top secret chemical compound called Mw infects an island near Okinawa, the military is sent in to kill all the victims and cover up the incident. A survivor named Michio Yuki (Hiroshi Tamaki) grows up to become a highly-successful banker, but he is slowly being driven mad by the effects of Mw. After committing a series of ruthless crimes to get revenge against the people responsible for the cover-up,
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A Fresh Teaser For The Live Action Adaptation of Osamu Tezuka’s Mw

It aint showing a whole lot more than the previous teasers but a fresh - and slightly longer - teaser for the live action adaptation of Osamu Tezuka’s manga Mw has just arrived online. And for those who only know Tezuka as the creator of the classic Astroboy, well, you’re in for a surprise because this is darker stuff by far.

What’s it about? Here’s how Nippon Cinema summarized:

When a top secret chemical compound called Mw infects an island near Okinawa, the military is sent in to kill all the victims and cover up the incident. A survivor named Michio Yuki (Hiroshi Tamaki) grows up to become a highly-successful banker, but he is slowly being driven mad by the effects of Mw. After committing a series of ruthless crimes to get revenge against the people responsible for the cover-up, he decides that the only way
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'Nodame Cantabile' goes from Manga to Big Screen

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Tomoko Ninomiya’s Nodame Cantabile manga is moving to the big screen according to Variety. The story of a pianist and an apprentice conductor who have a torrid romance has already been a television series and the leads, Juri Ueno and Hiroshi Tamaki, will reprise their parts for two feature films according to Variety. Their television director Hideki Takeuchi will join them on the features.

Shooting on the first feature is scheduled to begin in May, taking the couple around Europe for five months. Toho and Ntv anticipate releasing the first in December 2009 and the second feature the following spring.

The best-selling manga led to the television series in October 2006 and has been a growing success in Janapan.

Ntv has produced a successful series of films based on Death Note and is shooting a trilogy, 20th Century Boys, based on Naoki Urasawa’s manga about “a convenience store clerk who
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Teaser trailer for adaptation of Osamu Tezuka’s manga ‘Mw’

The official web site for the live adaptation of Osamu Tezuka’s manga serial Mw began sporting a new teaser trailer today. It features Hiroshi Tamaki as Michio Yuki looking all dapper and creepy at the same time.

When a top secret chemical compound called Mw infects an island near Okinawa, the military is sent in to kill all the victims and cover up the incident. A survivor named Michio Yuki (Hiroshi Tamaki) grows up to become a highly-successful banker, but he is slowly being driven mad by the effects of Mw. After committing a series of ruthless crimes to get revenge against the people responsible for the cover-up, he decides that the only way to truly get revenge is to unleash Mw on the world and exterminate the entire human race.Nipponcinema
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Tokyo fest rolls out red carpet

TOKYO -- The 20th annual Tokyo International Film Festival kicks off with an opening reception today and begins in earnest Saturday night with a red-carpet event that officially launches the nine-day event.

The opening film, the premiere of Shochiku/Universal Japan co-production "Midnight Eagle", tells the story of a stealth bomber that goes missing in the mountains of northern Japan. Directed by Izuru Narushim and starring Takao Osawa, Yuko Takeuchi and Hiroshi Tamaki, it was made with the help of the Japanese military.

The closing film, "Silk", is a collaborative venture of Japan, Italy and Canada. Directed by Francois Girard, "Silk" is the story of a married silk trader who is drawn to a mysterious Japanese woman from a nobleman's court. Set in Japan and based on a novel by Alessandro Baricco, it stars Keira Knightley, Michael Pitt, Miki Nakatani and Koji Yakusho.

A jury of six, led by Alan Ladd Jr., will select the winner of the festival's main competition, the $50,000 Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix, as well as a $20,000 Special Jury Prize.

'Eagle' soars into Tokyo opening slot

'Eagle' soars into Tokyo opening slot
TOKYO -- Director Izuru Narushim's Midnight Eagle has been selected to open the 20th annual Tokyo International Film Festival.

Starring Takao Osawa, Yuko Takeuchi and Hiroshi Tamaki, the thriller is about a stealth aircraft that disappears in the mountains of northern Japan while still carrying a bomb with enormous destructive power.

"We decided to lead with 'Midnight Eagle' because it's a large-scale, spectacular movie that is just perfect to open an event as large as this year's TIFF," Mariko Yoshida, a spokeswoman for the festival's organizing committee, said Tuesday. "And we must also point out that this is a joint production between Shochiku and Universal Japan, and that collaboration underlines the importance of this international film festival."

Based on the novel by Tetsuo Takashima, Eagle was filmed with the assistance of Japan's military on a budget of $10 million.

The festival runs Oct. 20-28, though Eagle will make its world premiere Oct. 2 in Los Angeles, with Shochiku apparently hoping to attract attention ahead of the American Film Market in Santa Monica.

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