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New York Asian 2016 Interview: Ayano Go on Acting, Awards and Otaku

11 July 2016 5:00 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

After making his bones on the acting scene for a dozen years, appearing in films by esteemed directors like Sabu, Takashi Miike and Sion Sono, Ayano Go has finally had a breakthrough. His dramatic range and innate ability to transform himself into any number of roles finally brought accolades over the past three years, with several “newcomer” honours and this year’s Rising Star award from the New York Asian Film Festival. Ayano spoke with me about his latest films, Twisted Justice and A Bride for Rip Van Winkle, working with Japan’s legendary directors, and being a self-confessed otaku. The Lady Miz Diva:  How do you feel about receiving the Star Asia Rising Star award? Ayano Go:  In receiving this award I don’t consider it my...

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New York Asian 2016 Interview: Twisted Justice Director Shiraishi Kazuya Talks Corrupt Cops and Comedy

11 July 2016 4:00 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

With an attraction to capturing the seamier side of life, director Shiraishi Kazuya came to the New York Asian Film Festival with his darkly comic tale of a corrupt cop, Twisted Justice.  Director Shiraishi spoke with me about his star, Ayano Go, and the real life incidents behind the film. The Lady Miz Diva:  We’ve heard about how Ayano Go gained and lost an exceptional amount of weight to play the character of Moroboshi in your film.  Was that at your suggestion?  Please talk about your instructions to Mr. Ayano regarding his character in Twisted Justice? Shiraishi Kazuya:  I didn’t really think about what would happen if I did it this way, or directed it that way, so in order for Mr. Ayano to live...

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Kankuro Kudo’s ‘Too Young to Die’ Bows Atop Japanese Box Office

27 June 2016 9:23 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tokyo — “Too Young to Die,” the new comedy by veteran hit-maker Kankuro Kudo, premiered atop the Japanese box office this weekend. Released on 288 screens, with Toho and Asmik Ace distributing, the film earned $2.54 million on 188,028 admissions.

Telling the story of a cheeky teenager who finds himself in hell after a fatal bus accident, the film echoed a real-life tragedy: On January 15 of this year, a bus taking passengers to a ski resort ran off the road in mountainous Nagano Prefecture, killing 13 college students and two drivers. The news forced the distributors to cancel the film’s scheduled February bow. The resulting publicity, however, has hardly hurt “Too Young to Die’s” box office chances — its launch is the most successful start of any film’s in Kudo’s long career and is forecast to finish north of the $15 million mark.

The only other newcomer to the top 10, at number eight, »

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'Twisted Justice' to open Nyaff

16 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Go Ayano stars in the film crime drama based on detective Yoshiaki Inaba’s autobiography.

This year’s New York Asian Film Festival (Nyaff, June 22-July 9) will open with the world premiere of Kazuya Shiraishi’s Twisted Justice, starring Go Ayano.

Based on Yoshiaki Inaba’s autobiography, the crime epic stars Ayano as Japan’s most corrupt police detective who was eventually imprisoned for drug and gun possession.

Nikkatsu is handling international sales on the film, which opens in Japan on June 25.

Shiraishi will introduce the film on the festival’s opening night with producer Yoshinori Chiba. Ayano, one of three actors being recognised at Nyaff with the Screen International Rising Star Award, will attend the festival later to accept the award.

Nyaff is also honouring Japanese filmmaker Shunji Iwai, who will receive the festival’s Star Asia Lifetime Achievement Award for a 20-year career spanning films such as Love Letter (1995), All About Lily Chou-chou (2001) and »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Screen's Asian Rising Stars revealed by Nyaff

13 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The recipients of the Screen International Rising Star Asia awards this year are from Japan, China and the Philippines.

Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, the New York Asian Film Festival (Nyaff, June 22 - July 9) has selected Japan’s Go Ayano, China’s Jelly Lin [pictured left] and the Philippines’ Teri Malvar [pictured right] as the recipients of the Screen International Rising Star Asia awards.

Ayano, recognised by Nyaff for his range, has recently played a Machiavellian fixer in A Bride for Rip Van Winkle, Japan’s most corrupt cop in Twisted Justice and one of three suspects of a heinous crime in murder-mystery Rage.

Jelly Lin is being recognised as a gifted comedienne for her debut in Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid. She also stars in two high-profile upcoming films: Guo Jingming’s L.O.R.D. and Tsui Hark’s sequel to Chow’s Journey To The West: Conquering The Demons.

Teri Malvar is being recognised for her performances »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Nikkatsu takes Japanese punk inspired 'The Blue Hearts'

10 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Omnibus film was inspired by a Japanese punk band.

Japanese studio Nikkatsu has picked up international rights to omnibus film The Blue Hearts, comprising six short films inspired by the music of the iconic Japanese punk band of the same name.

The six directors contributing shorts include Takashi Shimizu (The Grudge), Ken Iizuka, Shinichi Kudo, Ten Shimoyama, Noboru Iguchi and Lee Sang-il. Cast includes Masatoshi Nagase (Mystery Train) who stars in Kudo’s segment, Frozen Expectation.

Active from 1985 to 1995, The Blue Hearts have been compared to Western bands such as the Sex Pistols and the Ramones. Some of their songs were covered in Nobuhiro Yamashita’s 2005 indie hit Linda Linda Linda.

An incomplete version of The Blue Hearts omnibus film was screened at this year’s Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival.

Nikkastu’s Cannes slate also includes Roman Porno Reboot, a series of five features from leading Japanese directors inspired by the Roman Porno genre, and Kazuya Shiraishi »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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