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Kitano's Got More People To Shoot In Outrage 0: Coda Teaser

18 April 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Kitano Takeshi returns to Japanese screens later this year with the third installment of his Outrage gangster saga. Kitano, of course, is the hugely popular comedian turned violent auteur behind classic yakuza films such as Fireworks and Sonatine and while Kitano had always moved between his crime pictures and smaller, quirkier, and more personal offerings throughout his career it seems as though the failure of his late career trio of weird, experimental offerings (Takeshis, Glory To The Filmmaker, Achilles And the Tortoise) to really find an audience at home or abroad has pushed him towards more audience focused offerings since. Give 'em what they want, right? And so we have 2010's return to yakuza crime Outrage, 2012 sequel Outrage Beyond - the first sequel of...

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12 Movies to Watch After You See ‘Ghost in the Shell’

31 March 2017 12:36 PM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Check out these essentials even if you don’t catch the new movie.

Another week, another live-action remake of an animated classic. Well, you could argue that most of Ghost in the Shell isn’t really live action, since there’s so much that’s CG. You could also say it’s not a remake so much as a new adaptation of a Japanese comic book. Regardless, a lot of it is a pretty faithful copy, so a good percentage of this week’s list of Movies to Watch could apply to the manga or the anime versions of the story (I’m making it a given that you should see the original). That’s good for any of you boycotting the new movie due to its whitewashing controversy.

These 12 titles are worth seeing either way:

The Creation of the Humanoids (1962)

Despite being a cheap, cheesy sci-fi B movie, this is a significant work for being possibly »

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What I Did Last Summer: Close-Up on Takeshi Kitano’s "Kikujiro"

23 March 2017 12:36 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Takeshi Kitano's Kikujiro (1999) is showing March 23 - April 22, 2017  in the United Kingdom in the series Kitano x 3.1With each viewing, Takeshi Kitano’s Kikujiro becomes increasingly porous. The gaps are clear: though the film is the story of Masao, a young boy searching for his estranged mother, and Kikujiro, the former yakuza forced to accompany him, they and the strangers they encounter exist without much background. The sleepy-eyed Masao (Yusuke Sekiguchi) speaks only in short murmurs. Meanwhile, Kikujiro (Takeshi Kitano) spends most of the film gambling off the two’s spending money at the track cycling racetracks, only to develop a compassion so subtle that he himself does not notice it. Simply put, the film is a blur, or a series of blurs.But these lacks of interconnectedness are why Kikujiro has only gotten better with age, »

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