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First Look at Lee Chang-dong’s Haruki Murakami Adaptation ‘Burning’ Starring Steven Yeun

It was in 2010 that we last got a feature from South Korea’s Lee Chang-Dong, but he’ll finally be returning this year. Burning, adapted from Haruki Murakami’s short story “Barn Burning,” is a mystery thriller that follows two men (one a novelist) and a female model that get involved in a strange incident. Starring Yoo Ah-in, Okja‘s Steven Yeun, and Jeon Jong-seo, the first images have now arrived.

“It’s a story of young people in the world nowadays,” the director has said in regards to one of our most-anticipated films of the year. “When young people look at the world these days, thinking about the world or their life, and wonder if it’s a mystery that can’t be understood–I can say that [this] movie is made with such an intention.”

As we await more cinematic poetry from the, ahem, Poetry and Secret Sunshine director,
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Variety Critics Name the 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2018

Variety Critics Name the 20 Most Anticipated Movies of 2018
Variety polled its international team of critics, asking which films they were most looking forward to in the coming year. The results are diverse, ranging from likely blockbusters to potential Palme d’Or winners, although you won’t find a single comic-book movie on this list.

Annihilation” (Feb. 23)

Alex Garland follows his hit debut “Ex Machina” with a brainy horror movie about an all-female team of explorers who venture into a deadly environmental disaster zone. Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s award-winning trilogy, the nature thriller stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson and an iridescent mist that gives the air the sinister shimmer of an oil slick. — Amy Nicholson

Black Klansman

For many, the pinnacle of Spike Lee’s career to date remains 1992’s epic biopic “Malcolm X.” A quarter-century later, he returns to fact-based drama with the incredible story of Ron Stallworth (played by Denzel’s son John David Washington), an African-American police
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Alejandro G. Iñárritu Writes a Love Letter to ‘The Shape of Water’: ‘It’s A Miracle It Exists’

Alejandro G. Iñárritu Writes a Love Letter to ‘The Shape of Water’: ‘It’s A Miracle It Exists’
Guillermo del Toro may be Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s friend, but he’s also a fellow filmmaker the “Birdman” director admires with great respect. Iñárritu recently participated in Variety’s Directors on Directors series, where he was given the opportunity to write a lengthy love letter to “The Shape of Water.” According to the two-time Oscar winner, Del Toro has made a miracle of a movie that is easily his best so far.

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“Many years ago, Guillermo told me with his open, giant, sparkling eyes, about an idea that was circling around his head for his next film: The love story between a mute woman and a fish man,” Iñárritu writes. “That idea could not only occur to Guillermo del Toro, but also only an artist like himself would be capable of carrying it out.
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Singapore: Tran Anh Hung Sets Gastronomy Film ‘Dodin-Bouffant’ (Exclusive)

Singapore: Tran Anh Hung Sets Gastronomy Film ‘Dodin-Bouffant’ (Exclusive)
Vietnamese-French auteur, Tran Anh Hung is working on his next project “Dodin-Buffant.” “It is a film about French cuisine,” the director told Variety at the Singapore International Film Festival’s benefit dinner where he was one of the guests.

Dodin-Bouffant is a fictional gourmand created by French food writer Marcel Rouff. His book “La vie et la Passion de Dodin-Bouffant, Gourmet” (“The Passionate Epicure”) was published in 1924. A television film was made of the book in 1972.

Tran is currently putting the finishing touches to the script and is looking to shoot as soon as finances are raised.

The director made a splash internationally with Vietnam-set films “Cyclo” (1995) and “The Scent of Green Papaya” (1993). His adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s bestselling “Norwegian Wood” (2010) was his first film in Japanese and recently he made his French-language debut in 2016 with “Eternity.”

Tran is concerned about the perilous state of Vietnamese cinema. “It is always the same problem – it is the
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Afm: Lee Chang-dong’s Haruki Murakami Adaptation ‘Burning’ Set at Finecut

Afm: Lee Chang-dong’s Haruki Murakami Adaptation ‘Burning’ Set at Finecut
International sales rights to “Burning,” the new film by leading Korean auteur Lee Chang-dong, have been picked up by Finecut. The picture is an adaptation of “Barn Burning,” a short story by Japan’s Haruki Murakami (“Norwegian Wood”) that first appeared in The New Yorker.

The story involves the encounter of two young men and a woman in their 20s who have been living in their own ways and a mysterious incident that happens among them. One of the men makes an unusual claim to be an arsonist.

Yoo Ah-in (“Veteran”) stars as Jong-soo, a temporary parcel man. “The Walking Dead” and “Okja” star Steven Yeun plays a man who has everything. The woman is played by newcomer Jong-seo.

The film marks a return to directing for Lee after an absence of eight years. Lee, who was Korea’s minister of culture between 2003-04, has a stellar track record as a director of challenging art movies. He won
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Hugh Hefner Dead at 91

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Hugh Hefner -- who founded Playboy and turned it into a globally iconic brand -- is dead at 91. Playboy says Hugh died peacefully at home Wednesday, surrounded by loved ones. Hefner's health had been in serious decline over the last year and he's not been seen in public for some time. His passing comes just over a year after his brother, Keith, died battling cancer. Playboy magazine catapulted Hef into a cultural phenomenon ... paving way
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Lee Chang-dong Lights up Haruki Murakami Adaptation ‘Burning’

Lee Chang-dong Lights up Haruki Murakami Adaptation ‘Burning’
Top Korean auteur, Lee Chang-dong has set “Burning” as the first film he will direct in some eight years. The picture is an adaptation of the short story “Barn Burning,” written by Japan’s “Norwegian Wood” author Haruki Murakami, and first published in The New Yorker.

The film is to be produced by Lee’s Pine House, Now Films and Oh Jung-wan’s Bom Films Production. It will star actor Yoo Ah-in (“The Throne”) as one half of a mysterious couple that a writer meets at a party. In the story, the man claims to be an arsonist, and last year Lee described the project as a mystery thriller.

“It is a story about young people in today’s world. When they think of their lives and this world it must feel like a mystery,” Lee said at the Busan festival last year.

Pine House was previously in talks with actor Kang Dong-won (“Veteran,” “Woochi
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Lee Chang-Dong’s Delayed Adaptation Of Haruki Murakami’s ‘Barn Burning’ Now Back On

Last fall, cinephiles were pleased to hear that “Secret Sunshine” and “Poetry” director Lee Chang-Dong was getting ready to shoot his next film. There weren’t many details available at the time, other than the picture was slated to star Kang Dong-won and Yoo Ah-in in what was described as a mystery thriller about a woman who becomes entangled with two men, one rich, and the other trying to make ends meet.

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‘Apocalypse Child’ Sees Beauty and Pain Both Above and Below

This Week in Home VideoPlus 9 more new releases to watch at home this week on Blu-ray/DVD.

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Pick of the WeekApocalypse Child

What is it? A young man in the Filipino town of Baler suspects he may have been fathered by a certain American director who filmed a Vietnam war epic in town several years prior.

Why buy it? The identity of finding the truth about his father is a catalyst of sorts here, but it’s far from the focus of Mario Cornejo and co-writer Monster Jimenez’s beautiful, raw, and affecting film. Instead it’s the idea of escaping one’s past through self-deception and distraction that pervades the screen alongside gorgeous visuals and performances. You can’t look away no matter how much you may want to. There
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What's up, pussycat? by Anne-Katrin Titze

Sari's kittens in Ceyda Torun's KEDi, her sharp-eyed documentary on what it means to be a cat in present day Istanbul.

Cat people Michael Haneke, Haruki Murakami, Isabelle Huppert in Paul Verhoeven's Elle and Mia Hansen-Løve's Things To Come, and Emmanuel Bourdieu's Bébert in Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Kazuki Kitamura and Tamanojo in Takeshi Watanabe and Yoshitaka Yamaguchi's Samurai Cat (Neko zamurai), Robert De Niro favourite Lil Bub of Lil Bub & Friendz, and Sebastián Lelio when he spoke on Gloria, are the supporting cast in my conversation with Ceyda Torun at the Bowery Hotel in New York.

On following Sari - on her level: "It's all the nimble handiwork of Charlie Wuppermann, my cinematographer, and Alp Korfalı, who is a local, great cinematographer himself."

KEDi is a carefully and joyfully assembled collage of our interspecies interactions. Istanbul is cat city. They arrived thousands of years ago and
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Every Book Emma Watson Has Ever Recommended

A version of this article originally appeared on ew.com.

Emma Watson loves to read.

The actress has that in common with her brainy Harry Potter character Hermione as well as bookish Belle, who she plays in the much-anticipated film Beauty and the Beast, out March 17. In addition to being a bookworm, Watson is also an outspoken feminist and as well as a Un Women Goodwill Ambassador and promoter of the organization’s HeForShe movement, which is dedicated to recruiting men into the movement for gender equality. As a response to her work with the Un, she launched the feminist
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‘Kuro’ Exclusive Trailer: A Japanese Woman Living In Paris Tends To Her Paraplegic Lover By Recounting Stories

‘Kuro’ Exclusive Trailer: A Japanese Woman Living In Paris Tends To Her Paraplegic Lover By Recounting Stories
Though the Sundance Film Festival begins today, the Slamdance Film Festival, Park City’s alternative independent film fest, begins on Friday and will feature a host of new premieres. One of the films set to debut at Slamdance is “Kuro” from directors Joji Koyama and Tujiko Noriko. The film follows Romi (Noriko), a Japanese woman who lives in Paris, works in a karaoke bar, and takes care of her paraplegic lover Milou (Jackie). To pass the time, she recounts stories of their time in Japan and soon a mystery about a man named Mr. Ono begins to unravel and unsettle everything. Watch an exclusive trailer for the film below.

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According to Ben Umstead, a programmer at Slamdance, “Kuro” operates “somewhere between personal diary, myth and oral history” and “powerfully invokes the cinematic essays of Chris Marker
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‘Ocean Waves’ Review: This Forgotten Studio Ghibli Classic Is Newly Restored And Better Than Ever

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‘Ocean Waves’ Review: This Forgotten Studio Ghibli Classic Is Newly Restored And Better Than Ever
The most modest and least celebrated of the films produced by Japan’s peerless Studio Ghibli, “Ocean Waves” was conceived as an opportunity for the company’s younger talent to make something on the cheap. In spite of those simple aspirations, the project came in late and over budget, eventually airing on local television in 1993 and failing to make much of a splash. Since then, the sentimental high school drama has existed just outside the Ghibli legend, more of a curiosity than part of the canon, unseen to all but the studio’s most dedicated completists.

The first Ghibli film that wasn’t directed by either Hayao Miyazaki or Isao Takahata, “Ocean Waves” is glaringly absent the former’s flair for fantasy or the latter’s gift for minimalist heartbreak. In both scale and subject, it cleaves closer to the delicate wistfulness of a Haruki Murakami novel — one of his earlier,
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Film Review: ‘Ten Years’

Film Review: ‘Ten Years’
Political assassination. Self-immolation. Cultural annihilation. Children working as secret police. These are just some of the horrors five young helmers envisage for Hong Kong a decade down the line in “Ten Years,” a dystopian omnibus film that provoked the Chinese government’s ire. In the service of each worst-case scenario, the various shorts employ arresting visuals, edgy film language and absorbing storylines to express some citizens’ uncertainty about viability of “One Country, Two Systems” in the former British colony. Bristling with an “if not now, when?” thirst for change, this epic historical document of the city’s political zeitgeist should explode at festivals and online platforms like a Molotov cocktail.

Made on a shoestring budget of around $65,000, the 2025-set anthology has earned an impressive $790,000 despite securing scant domestic screening slots. China’s state paper the Global Times branded it “thought virus,” and the government allegedly ordered a media blackout when
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Allegorically Speaking

I Am Not An Allegory (these are people i know) Written by Libby Emmons Directed by Ali Ayala Horse Trade Theater Group, Under St. Marks, NYC March 10-26, 2016

I Am Not an Allegory (these are people i know) jumps into the big questions right from the start, with a conversation between café coworkers Ames (Natalya Krimgold) and Severin (Conor Daniel Bartram) in which she puzzles over whether identity is intrinsic or constructed and what would happen if she switched lives with the people she passes when she is running, and he wonders whether there is any meaning that isn’t manufactured. Ames and Severin are two nodes in the network of characters who populate Libby Emmons's play, in which a dance class run by Danesha (Masonya Berry), forced to retreat home after a failed attempt at a professional dance career in New York City, is the hub of their intersection.
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2016 Sundance Trading Card Series: #4. Lisa Kjerulff (The Fits)

Eric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2015 discoveries”.

Lisa Kjerulff: Dettifoss in Iceland. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. Olivier AssayasClouds of Sils Maria.

Lavallee: On this project you wore two hats, that of screenwriter and producer. Could you discuss how you guys collaboratively wrote the project.

Kjerulff: During the writing process Anna Rose Holmer, Saela Davis and I would discuss the characters, themes, arcs and the story, decide on what each beat should be, and then Anna would take the time to write out the scenes. We would read through those pages together and tear the script apart. Our story sessions were rather emotional and we each brought our own version of girlhood to the table. As a producer, it was great collaborating on the film from the script phase because by the time we got to production I knew what was important to Anna’s vision and
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #48. Tran Anh Hung’s Eternité


Director: Tran Anh Hung

Writer: Tran Anh Hung

Vietnamese auteur Tran Anh Hung had a smoldering early career, snagging the Camera d’Or at Cannes for his 1993 debut Scent of the Green Papaya and nabbing the Golden Lion in Venice for his 1995 sophomore film, Cyclo. A five year break brought The Vertical Ray of the Sun in 2000, and then nine years later Hung premiered his ill received English language debut, I Come With the Rain, which starred Josh Hartnett. An adaptation of Haruki Murakami’s celebrated novel Norwegian Wood was better received, though received a delayed and limited theatrical run in the Us. He’s back with an exciting new project, his French language debut Eternité (Eternity), set to star three French beauties, Melanie Laurent, Beatrice Bejo, and Audrey Tautou, based on Alice Ferney’s celebrated novel which concerns a story from the late 19th century to the end
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10 Amazing Things You Didn’t Know About Haruki Murakami


Born in Kyoto, Japan in 1949, Haruki Murakami has had a fascinating life, something worthy of storytelling itself. That’s not to mention the phenomenal success he’s achieved as an author, publishing dozens of books and selling millions of copies around the world.

There are many great titbits about Murakami’s life, like the fact he opened up his own Jazz bar after university, or that he met his current wife while studying.

There’s also the fact that he’s largely considered an outsider in the world of Japanese literature, and that he realised he could write his first novel after a profound experience at a baseball game.

But this list attempts to delve much deeper than the commonly cited trivia, exploring more specific (and ultimately more interesting) facts about one of the world’s greatest living writers.
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8 Haruki Murakami Tropes And What They Really Mean

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Having published more than ten novels and three short story collections (and that’s just the stuff that’s been translated into English!) Haruki Murakami has developed a whole host of regular tropes that are arguably as charming as his characters themselves.

You’d be forgiven for thinking these recurrences are nothing more than coincidence or habit, but the creation of a story is no slight thing, and writers often have to defend every inclusion they make from a rigorous editing process. You can almost hear Murakami’s editors grumbling with each new draft: really, Haruki? Another cat?!

Of course, one of the joys of literature is that it’s open to interpretation – especially when it comes to someone like Murakami, who is no stranger to surrealism or abstraction. While it’s impossible to state with absolute certainty that anything in fiction has
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Nick Hornby on 'Brooklyn,' Taylor Swift and 'High Fidelity' Sequel

Nick Hornby on 'Brooklyn,' Taylor Swift and 'High Fidelity' Sequel
Nick Hornby is not a casual person. One of the most popular writers to emerge from the U.K. in the Nineties, the author exploded onto the literary scene with tales of overgrown boys whose passions metastasize into lifestyles and prevent them from being functional adults. (You get the sense that Judd Apatow has read ever word Hornby has ever written and taken copious notes.) Fever Pitch (1992) is a winsome, wince-inducing memoir about how the author's obsessive fandom for the Arsenal football club; his first novel, High Fidelity (1995) follows a
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