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Why the future’s bright for anime

2 February 2017 9:09 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Feb 6, 2017

Beyond Studio Ghibli, a wave of directors and artists ensure that the future’s bright for animation in Japan, Ryan writes...

At its best, anime is diverse, vibrant, unfettered and unpredictable. Look through the history of Japanese animation, and you’ll find stories about baseball, cooking, friendly ghosts, ancient myths, dog detectives and robot cats from the future. You’ll find sci-fi and horror, fantasy and comedy, erotica and historical drama. Just about every country on the planet produces animation of some kind; few broach subjects as varied as the Japanese. 

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In recent years, however, anime has faced threats from multiple angles. First, there’s the threat that will catch up with all of us eventually: time itself. In 2010, Japan lost one of its great storytellers, Satoshi Kon, who made such stunning animated movies as Perfect Blue (one of »

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‘Anti-Porno’ Trailer: Japanese Director Sion Sono Returns with a Feminist Take on Sexuality

12 January 2017 2:20 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Nikkatsu has released the first trailer for Sion Sono’s “Anti-Porno,” with which the iconic Japanese studio is relaunching its famed (and infamous) Roman Porno (short for romantic pornography) label. Watch the trailer below.

The film premiered last year at L’Etrange Festival in France, where it was praised for its feminist take on sexuality that does, in fact, live up to its title. For its premiere, the film was described:

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Fashion star Kioko is bored in her apartment, waiting for a meeting with Watanabe, a chief-editor who’s interviewing her. In the domination and humiliation game between her and her assistant, the roles will slowly invert. Unless it’s all fiction?

A very good batch from stakhanovist-filmmaker Shion Sono with ‘Antiporno,’ a film commissioned by Nikkatsu to relaunch its Porn Novel, which the author turned into a personal and metaphysical exercise, »

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First Trailer for Sion Sono’s ‘Anti-Porno’ Opens a Window to Erotic Fantasies

12 January 2017 9:21 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Having directed nearly fifteen films this decade alone, Japanese director Sion Sono (whose Why Don’t You Play in Hell? and Tokyo Tribe seemed to get the most substantial U.S. releases as of late) will be adding onto his resume his latest film, Anti-Porno. Ahead of a Japanese release this month, the first trailer has now arrived.

For this project, Sono has collaborated with Japan’s mega entertainment company Nikkatsu with the goal of resurrecting the old iconic Roman Porno series—a series of Japanese softcore pornographic films that ran from November 1971 to May 1988. The director also plans to put forth his own creative touch on the pornographic genre with refreshing tones on women’s sexuality that’s rarely shown on the big-screen. While the trailer doesn’t have subtitles, one can glean a glimpse at Sono’s vibrant color palette.

Starring Ami Tomite and Mariko Tsutsui, check out »

- The Film Stage

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