10 items from 2015
Takeru Sato (“Rurouni Kenshin”) and Japanese actress Miyazaki Aoi (“The Chart of Love”) star in “If Cats Disappeared From the World,” a fantasy film that is an adaptation of a popular Internet novel. The film is the only new title being pitched at FilMart by Toho, Japan’s leading film conglomerate.
The story features a terminally ill postman who hears a devil telling him that he can live another day if he eliminates one thing from the world. The original novel was written by film producer Genki Kawamura and published on Line, the instant messaging application that is currently the largest social network in Japan.
Now in post-production, “Cats” shot in Hokkaido, Japan, and Buenos Aires. Toho will handle local Japanese distribution at an undetermined date next year, as well as representing international sales. »
- Sonia Kil
Attack On Titan has taken the anime world by storm with its excellent characters, breathtaking action sequences, and shocking plot twists. Soon, we’ll be relishing the opportunity to experience it all over again, and this time in live-action. From director Shinji Higuchi, who gave us the exceptionally surprising remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Hidden Fortress with Hidden Fortress: The Last Princess, we’ll follow the tale of a world where humans are forced to live behind gigantic walls so as to protect them from human devouring giants. But when a colossal titan arrives, the time for hiding behind walls comes to an end.
The trailer shows very little of quite a lot, with just quick shots of moments fans are sure to recall. The style looks brilliant so far, although due to budgetary constraints, we’re still worried about the finished product. Luckily, we’ve been treated to »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Japanese live action movies tend to be a hit or miss. Depending on the directorial take, emotional balance of the script, and the actors cast, it can be worthy of endless praises and awards such as the recently concluded “Rurouni Kenshin” trilogy. Otherwise, it can end up as a movie better forgotten such as the infamous Hollywood adaptation of a widely popular series, “Dragonball Evolution.”
While news of live action films may make some of us cringe in their anticipated cheesiness and possible inferior quality, the chances of seeing our beloved manga and anime characters come to life are often slim. That’s why today, we present you with three upcoming live action films that we believe are potential hits!
“Bakuman” comes from the creators of “Death Note.” It revolves around a student artist, Mashiro Moritaka, and his author friend, Takagi Akito as they traverse the path to becoming »
- Mary Ann Simuangco
Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends, directed by Keishi Ohtomo, will be released on 17th April. The movie features Tekeru Satoh, Emi Takei, Munetaka Aoki, Kaito Oyagi, Tatsuya Fujiwara, among other actors. With a running time of more than two hours and some of the most incredible jaw dropping sword fight scenes this film will for sure please hardcore fans and noobies.
Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends
Director: Keishi Ohtomo
Photography: Takuro Ishizaka
Production: Japan | 2014
Original Title: Ruroni Kenshin: Densetsu no saigo-hen
Genre: Action | Adventure | Drama
Duration: 134 minutes
Release: 17th April, 2015 (UK)
The final battle is near. Shishio now armed »
- Sebastian Nadilo
Ann Hui’s The Golden Era leads the pack at the 9th Asian Film Awards with five nominations - but not one for best picture.
The life story of Xiao Hong, one of China’s most famous essayists and novelists, has secured nominations for best director, best actress (Tang Wei), best supporting actor (Wang Zhiwen), best screenwriter (Li Qiang) and best editor (Kwong Chi-leung, Manda Wai).
Best film nominations included Berlinale 2014 Golden Bear winner Black Coal Thin Ice and Blind Massage, which both secured four nominations each, as well as HaiderHill Of Freedom, The Light Shines Only There and Korean box office hit Ode To My Father.
Jiang Wen’s Gone With The Bullets secured four nominations in the technical cateogies.
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Macau’s Venetian Theatre on March 25, decided by a 14-person jury headed by Hong »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Warner Bros UK should be commended for bringing the sword swinging action in the Rurouni Kenshin live action films to cinemas in the island nation. They have faithfully brought the first two fims and the trilogy will be complete when Rurouni Kenshin 3: The Legend Ends hits cinemas on March 6th. We have the brand new poster artwork to share with you below. And we have included the trailer as well to remind you of the excellent swordplay on display. All good things must come to an end and in Keishi Ohtomo's live-action final chapter of Nobuhiro Watsuki's best-selling manga, fans will be awestruck by some of the most amazing sword-fighting action scenes ever seen on film!Following on from the Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno cliff-hanger; in this...
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Tokyo — Hamana Kazuya , who was in charge of Tokyo Broadcasting System’s film division, has been appointed head of local film production at Warner Entertainment Japan, company sources have revealed.
Hamana joined Warner on Feb. 10 with the title of local film division executive producer. He will report to Millard Ochs, a Warner veteran who will officially succeed long-time Warner Japan chief Bill Ireton in March.
Warner Japan is coming off a good year for its local productions, including the hit “Rurouni Kenshin” period actioner duology. Among Warner’s upcoming Japanese film releases are the Takeshi Kitano gangster comedy “Ryuzo 7,” which is scheduled for an April 25 bow, and Takahisa Zeze’s sci-fi thriller “Slayer’s Chronicle,” which will open in June.
Hamana’s credits include most of TBS’s big hits over the past two decades. After joining the company in 1991 he quickly rose through the ranks, while producing and executive »
- Mark Schilling
The Raid and The Raid 2: Berandal are arguably two of the best martial arts films to emerge in the last decade or so according to many fans of the genre. So when the director, Gareth Evans, praises the fight choreography of another martial arts film, it's probably a good idea to take notice. If I can echo Evans' sentiments, calling the live-action Rurouni Kenshin trilogy the best live-action adaptation of shōnen manga to date will probably elcit little to no argument. Still, it's nice to have validation from Evans as well. God damn the action in Rurouni Kenshin is fucking beautiful. Huge tip of the hat to choreographer Kenji Tanigaki. — Gareth Evans (@ghuwevans) January 27, 2015 Piled through the trilogy on a flight. Sojiro vs Kenshin is poss one of the best sword fights I’ve seen. Must buy, must rewatch, must study! — Gareth Evans (@ghuwevans) January 27, 2015 That shot tracking in »
As we say sayonara to 2014 it's time to take a look back on the films that lit up the Japanese cinematic landscape over the past year. Dominating the box-office top ten was the usual mix of animation (including two entries for robo-cat Doraemon, one for Detective Conan, Studio Ghibli's latest and mega-hit Frozen sitting confidently above all) and manga adaptations (and sequels at that, Thermae Romae 2 and Rurouni Kenshin's two part epic finale) that have been the key money makers in recent years. Only two of these make it into the following list as we shine a light over the length and breadth of last year's film scene to find some of its highlights.Looking back over my list it would seem one of...
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Warner Bros Pictures International had a record year in 2014, grossing $3.17 billion. The studio said today that it beat its previous best of $3.14B in 2013 by 1%. The haul was led by Interstellar with $472M, which became Christopher Nolan’s biggest film ever in more than 1o territories including an eye-popping $74M in South Korea. The studio’s No. 2 pic was The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, which has made $446M thus far and hits China on January 23. Godzilla ranked third with $328M, followed by Edge Of Tomorrow ($269M, much better than its $100.2M domestic haul) and The Lego Movie ($211M), which was the No. 1 film of 2014 in the UK. A pair of 2013 holdovers — The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug ($269M) and 300: Rise Of An Empire ($231M) — topped Lego’s 2014 tally.
- Nancy Tartaglione and Erik Pedersen
10 items from 2015
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