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Film Review: ‘Death Note: Light Up the New World’

Film Review: ‘Death Note: Light Up the New World’
Too many Grim Reapers spoil the wake in “Death Note: Light Up the New World” — an over-plotted, action-heavy reboot of the groundbreaking Japanese vigilante fantasy that makes murder as easy as jotting down someone’s name. Picking up 10 years after Shusuke Kaneto’s two-part Asian hit, the new installment helmed by Shinsuke Sato tries to multiply the fun by unleashing three shinigami (“Gods of Death”) and six Death Notes on the world. Lacking the scintillating mind games that made the original so watchable, the film is at best a broad action-thriller. Despite good pre-sales in Asia, the movie has yet to bow Stateside but may serve as a warm-up to Adam Wingard’s remake of Kaneto’s superior version.

A 2003 manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takashi Obata, “Death Note” centers on Light Yagami, alias Kira, who decides to “cleanse the world of crime” after receiving a
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New Death Note Film’s Official Title, Cast and Poster Unveiled

The official website for the upcoming film recently updated with a poster featuring the three main characters, also revealing its official title “Death Note Light up the New world”.

The sequel film is set 10 years after the first two live-action films, focusing on a battle for the new six different death notes fall to the human world. Shinsuke Sato (Gantz, Library Wars) will direct the screenplay by Katsunari Mano (Aibou TV drama series). Warner Brothers Japan will distribute it from October 29, 2016.

The poster features Tsukuru Mishima (Masahiro Higashide, center), Yugi Shion (Masaki Suda, left), and Ryuzaki (Sousuke Ikematsu, right). It contains the text, “A decade after that incident … Six new Death Notes have been scattered.”

In the new film’s story, a highly advanced information society is beset by global cyber-terrorism in 2016. New charismatic figures, who “inherited the DNA” of Light and the detective L , emerge. The successors of the
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Exclusive: 'Tenshin' Paints a Vision of Greatness In New Poster

Exclusive: 'Tenshin' Paints a Vision of Greatness In New Poster
First Pond Entertainment has acquired North American distribution rights to "Tenshin," a biopic on the life of Japanese artist Okakura "Tenshin" Kakuzo. Also following the announcement is the release of the first exclusive poster for the film, featuring a painterly vision of the legendary artist.  Read More: Meet the 2013 SXSW Filmmakers #15: Junya Sakino Explores Social Issues Through Comedy in Sake-Bomb  "Tenshin" follows Kakuzo as he works to establish himself as a revolutionary voice in the Japanese art world. Starring Shido Nakamura and Naoto Takenaka, the film promises a close consideration of the life of a great artist whose modern artistic flourishes continue to inform Japanese art.  First Pond Entertainment recently released "Man From Reno," "Sake-Bomb" and "Patang." They will release "Tenshin" this winter. See the elegant poster above.  Read More: Laff Review: Pepe Serna is a...
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New DVD Blu-Ray: 'Cloud Atlas,' 'Texas Chainsaw'

Moviefone's Blu-ray of the Week "Cloud Atlas" What's it about? Cloud Atlas delves into how the consequences of one's actions can travel farther than we know – through time and space, impacting lives even in the distant future. Why we're In: Aside from its its all-star cast and dynamic action, Cloud Atlas has a plot that will put your brain through the wringer. Moviefone's New Release of the Week "Back to 1942" What's it about? Starring Adrian Brody, this film portrays the Henan Province famine of 1942 against the backdrop of a war-torn China at a time when the country was partially occupied by Japan. Why we're In: Filmmaker Feng Xiaogang is considered to be one of the greats, which is enough to get our attention, but Best Actor Oscar Award winner Adrian Brody gives this dark epic extra appeal. New on DVD & Blu-ray "Frankie Go Boom" What's it about? A promisingly hilarious
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'Leonie' review: Film uncovers the mother behind the artist

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Rare is the artist who drops into the culture, fully formed and utterly self-created. There were influences, nature and nurture, that shaped them.

That's what the new film "Leonie" is about. Leonie Gilmour wasn't a great artist. She took up with a writer and edited him into near-greatness. He then scurried back to Japan and married somebody else.

But the child from that union became sculptor and landscape architect Isamo Noguchi, one of the major figures in 20th century art.

"Leonie," starring Emily Mortimer as Noguchi's mom, must qualify as the oddest "woman ahead of her time" bio-drama in living memory. Here was an early 20th century alumnus of Bryn Mawr and the Sorbonne who never had much of a career herself, but whose influence came from a child she had outside of a conventional marriage and outside the racial boundaries of her day.

In 1901, she responds to an "editor needed" ad.
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Monterey Media Acquires U.S. Rights to 'Leonie' Starring Emily Mortimer and Christina Hendricks

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Monterey Media Acquires U.S. Rights to 'Leonie' Starring Emily Mortimer and Christina Hendricks
Monterey Media has acquired all U.S. rights to “Leonie,” from director Hisako Matsui. The company plans a winter theatrical release. Emily Mortimer, Christina Hendricks and Shidô Nakamura star in the real-life-based story of journalist-educator Leonie Gilmour and Japanese poet Yone Noguchi, who fall in love and bear a son who becomes famous artist and architect Isamu Noguchi. The film began a festival run in 2010. Read More: Monterey Media To Release "I Kissed a Vampire" iTunes Web Series Theatrically Matsui, who adapted the screenplay with David Wiener from Masayo Duus’ biography, produced the movie with Ashok Amritraj, Masao Nagai, Yuuki Itoh, Patrick Aiello, Joyce Jun, Shuichi Fukatsu and Manu Gargi. ICM Partners, which reps Mortimer, negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers. Monterey recently released “Road to Nowhere” and “Take Me Home.” “Bringing Up Bobby” comes out later...
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Quick Shooter: A Clint Eastwood Profile (Part 5)

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood in the fifth of a five part feature (read parts one, two, three and four)...

“Maybe the title of Space Cowboys [2000] is a bit misleading because it is mostly about the pioneers of space,” stated Clint Eastwood when discussing the story about four former test pilots from the 1950s who decades later get an opportunity to go into outer space. “We were not really cowboys, but these men who did all the pioneering in the 1950s were going to the frontier of space in planes they were not sure could make it. They were being rocketed along on the ground faster than the speed of sound to see if the human body could take it, so I would say that the film is something of a homage to those gentlemen.” The action thriller with a production budget of $65 million stars Clint Eastwood,
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Contest: Win Essential Eastwood: Director's Collection on Blu-ray!

Essential Eastwood: Director's Collection was just released in a four-disc DVD and Blu-ray set on June 1 and we just have to celebrate this collection with some of the best films directed by the legendary Clint Eastwood. We have a new contest running and we're giving away copies of this new Bd set to our readers. You know these high-def sets will go fast, so be sure to enter this contest today.

Winners Receive:

Essential Eastwood: Director's Collection four-disc Blu-ray set

to win this brand new Blu-ray set today.

Letters From Iwo Jima Japanese soldiers defend the Pacific island against invading Americans during World War II. General Kuribayashi (Ken Watanabe) and his men transform what might have been swift defeat into nearly 40 days of resourceful combat.

Million Dollar Baby "I don't train girls," boxing manager Frankie Dunn growls. But one wins his respect and earns her shot at success in a
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Masato Sakai to star in “Nichirin no Isan”

Earlier today, it was announced that Nichirin no Isan, a 1993 novel by Naoki Award-winner Jiro Sato (58) will be made into a film starring Masato Sakai (36).

The novel, which has sold over 500,000 copies to date, revolves around a top secret mission to hide Japanese treasures currently valued at a staggering 200 trillion yen near the conclusion of World War II. Sakai will play Major Mashiba, an intelligence officer with Japan’s Imperial Guard. Together with First Lieutenant Koizumi (Seiji Fukushi) and Master Sergeant Mochizuki (Shido Nakamura), Mashiba attempts to execute secret orders to hide these valuable treasures from the occupying forces of Douglas MacArthur in the hopes of funding the nation’s reconstruction at some point in the future.

Out of necessity, 20 young girls are enlisted to help with the mission without being informed of the details. Yusuke Santamaria (39) will play the girls’ teacher and Kaoru Yachigusa (79) will play one of the girls in the present day.
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Blu-Ray Review: Theatrical Cut of ‘Red Cliff’ Plays Like a Trailer For a Terrific Film

Chicago – When moviegoers think of John Woo, the first image that comes to mind isn’t legions of ancient armies fighting each other with bows and arrows, but rather two men holding each other at gunpoint (as in his 1992 classic “Hard-Boiled”). His best action set-pieces are the most intimate, with gunplay and bloodshed taking on an almost balletic grandeur.

Yet at age 61, Woo was clearly ready to venture out into new terrain, and tackle a project he had been dreaming up for nearly two decades, based on Guanzhong Luo’s 14th century historical novel, “Romance of the Three Kingdoms.” It’s reportedly the most expensive film ever made in China, and certainly one of the most audacious. Unfortunately, like many epic films aiming to reach an international audience, the picture has been butchered for mass consumption.

Blu-Ray Rating: 2.5/5.0

Red Cliff” was originally a five-hour epic released theatrically in two parts
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Mortimer's Raw Dinner Scare

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Mortimer's Raw Dinner Scare
Emily Mortimer was terrified she'd jeopardised her pregnancy after dining on raw chicken in Japan - to impress her colleagues.

The British actress and her husband Alessandro Nivola welcomed daughter May last month - but Mortimer feared she'd harmed the baby during her pregnancy after a particularly traumatic evening in a Japanese restaurant.

Mortimer was so desperate to impress her Leonie co-star Shido Nakamura and the film's director and producer, she gulped down what was put in front of her.

She recalls, "I was trying so hard to be charming and have them think I was cool, and they were all so impressed by me because I ate some sort of weird Japanese spinach."

The star then opted to try a piece of sushi: "I took a bite and it was raw chicken! I kid you not. It was raw chicken dipped in raw egg, which was apparently some delicacy. And the weirdest thing, instead of stopping there I kept eating it. Then I got home and cried on the phone to Alessandro, 'I've killed our baby!'"

AniMania: Ichi Review

It’s 2010, and while there will be plenty of great anime in the coming weeks and months, AniMania is starting the new year with something a little different by taking a look at the live action sword drama, “Ichi”.

Ichi” is the latest in the long line of works to draw on the Zatoichi blind swordsman mythos, but with a twist. Ichi, the title character, is a beautiful swords-woman, who travels from village to village in search of the only man to ever show her kindness. Along the way, she meets Toma, who at first comes across as a hopeless bungler, dependent on Ichi to get him out of one sticky situation after another. But as time goes on, we learn that he is hiding a tragic past. There just might be more to this clumsy, would-be samurai than his humorous antics let on.

Live action is nothing new, of course.
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Battle Clips from John Woo’s Red Cliff

For those who are interested in such things, John Woo’s martial arts epic “Red Cliff” (formerly “The Battle of Red Cliff”) opened in limited release in the States yesterday. Granted, the perfect timing for this post would have been yesterday, but hey, better late than never, right? In case you were still wondering what the movie is about, or if you should go see it, here’s a question: Do you like epic battle scenes? If the answer is Yes, then you should go see it. The film is a bit long, even at its current edited length of 2 hrs. 28 minutes. Trust me, that’s about 1 hour and 30 minutes shorter than the original Asian version, which clocked in at over 4 hours. Check out some battle scene clips from the movie below. Also added, the English trailer. The film stars Tony Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhang Fengyi, Chang Chen, Shido Nakamura,
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Sitges 2008: Ichi Review

Freshly off a screening of Fumihiko Sori’s Ichi - a partial re-envisioning, partial continuation of the classic Zatoichi saga - I feel quite confident about two things.

First, though he now has only three feature films to his credit Sori is arguably Japan’s most wildly diverse director. Thus far he has made a charming indie comedy (Ping Pong), an animated scifi spectacle (Vexille), and now a traditional swordplay drama. All are impeccably crafted and all vary so wildly in style and approach that you’d never guess that the same man directed all three if not for his name in the credits.

Second, if there is any man on the surface of this planet with a fighting chance to out-do Riki Takeuchi in the crazy-face department then that man must surely be Shidou Nakamura. Yes, both are in this film and, yes, both break out the crazy-face on a regular basis.
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Full Trailer For Japanese Anthology Film R246 Story With Tadanobu Asano!

Who wants a movie with Tadanobu Asano having a guitar battle with space aliens to reclaim the drum kit that is the source of his power? I do! I do! Throw in the fact that the piece was directed by Asano himself - just the second directorial effort from the international star - and written by Shinji Aoyama and I’m sold well before I even get to the other people involved in R246 Story. That the other contributors include the likes of Shido Nakamura is purely a bonus in my books. We’ve been tracking this one for a while and now we’ve got a full theatrical trailer to go along with the two earlier teasers. Tasty. Check them below the break.
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'Red Cliff' among Constantin's Berlin haul

'Red Cliff' among Constantin's Berlin haul
COLOGNE, Germany -- Leading German indie distributor Constantin Film had a productive Berlin, snapping up German rights to several big titles at Berlin's European Film Market, including John Woo's hotly anticipated actioner "Red Cliff".

Constantin picked up the $75 million film, which chronicles the epic battle between three Chinese kingdoms in 208 B.C. from Summit Entertainment. "Red Cliff", which features Takeshi Kaneshiro ("House of Flying Daggers"), Chen Chang ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon") and Shido Nakamura ("Fearless") is still looking for a U.S. buyer.

Also on Constantin's Berlin shopping list was Richard Kelly's "The Box", a horror thriller starring James Marsden and Cameron Diaz, which the Munich-based distributor acquired from the Weinstein Co.

Based on a short story by Richard Matheson, "The Box" revolves around a suburban couple, Marsden and Diaz, who receive a mysterious, magical box. If they press the button on the box, they will receive $1 million, but in the same instance someone they do not know will die. Warner Bros. is releasing "The Box" domestically.

Constantin also picked up Virtual Studios' "Bangkok Dangerous", an action thriller starring Nicolas Cage as a professional assassin, which Lionsgate is releasing stateside.

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