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Toho launches sales on 'Rage' at Efm

10 February 2016 9:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Japanese suspense drama stars Ken Watanabe.

Japanese studio Toho is launching sales on Lee Sang-il’s [pictured] suspense drama Rage, which features a stellar cast including Ken Watanabe, at the Efm.

Based on a novel by Shuichi Yoshida, the film revolves around three couples who become suspicious of people they have recently befriended, following a brutal double murder in a Tokyo satellite city.

In addition to Watanabe (The Last Samurai), the strong ensemble cast also includes Kenichi Matsuyama (Norwegian Wood), Satoshi Tsumabuki (The Assassin), Mirai Moriyama (Love Strikes), Go Ayano (The Light Shines Only There), Suzu Hirose (Our Little Sister) and Aoi Miyazaki (Eureka). 

Currently in post-production, the film is being lined up for a summer 2016 release in Japan. Lee Sang-il previously worked with Watanabe on the Japanese version of Unforgiven and his credits also include Hula Girls (2006) and Villain (2010).

Toho’s slate also includes its new reboot of the iconic Godzilla franchise, Shin [link=tt »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Ken Watanabe Diagnosed with Stomach Cancer Ahead of Broadway Return

9 February 2016 12:15 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Ken Watanabe has been diagnosed with early-stage stomach cancer, his rep confirms to People. The Tony-winning actor has been forced to delay his return to Broadway's The King and I while he focuses on his health, as first reported by Kyodo News Service. The cancer was detected during a routine checkup and the actor has already undergone an endoscopic surgery and is recovering in a hospital located in Japan. "I would like to ask for your understanding that the start of my performance in New York will be a little delayed," said Watanabe in a statement on Tuesday. The Japanese actor, »

- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3

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Filming wraps for Tom Cruise & Edward Zwick's Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

4 February 2016 7:34 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

There still might be some second-unit scenes left to film, but it seems principal photography has wrapped for Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, based on these recent celebratory tweets by producer Don Granger and star Danika Yarosh. Production on the sequel kicked off in October of last year, with Tom Cruise's The Last Samurai director Edward Zwick taking over for Christopher McQuarrie, and a cast that also... Read More »

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Jack Reacher Sequel Taps The Hunger Games Actor Robert Knepper

21 January 2016 7:57 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Production is already underway on Paramount’s action sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, but the studio has made room for another last-minute addition to the cast in the form of Robert Knepper.

Best known for his roles across Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters, The Day The Earth Stood Still and both installments in Lionsgate’s two-part finale to The Hunger Games, Knepper will assume the role of General Harkness opposite Tom Cruise et al., one described as “a man of power, experience, and authority who thinks he’s the hero and is not afraid to do what’s necessary.”

Technically speaking, when we met Knepper’s character in Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, he’ll be a retired general of the Us military, spending his days as CEO of a powerful yet dubious private military corporation. Cue the fist fight with Cruise’s title star, then.

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Tom Cruise's Jack Reacher: Never Go Back Adds Prison Break Actor Robert Knepper

20 January 2016 6:37 PM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Deadline is reporting that Robert Knepper (Prison Break) has joined the cast of Paramount Pictures' upcoming Ed Zwick-directed action sequel Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. He'll play General Harkness, a retired general-turned-ceo of a private military firm, and he's being described as "a man of power, experience and authority who thinks he's the hero and is not afraid to do what's necessary." Based on that brief description, it sounds like his character will be one of a villainous nature. Knepper joins a cast headlined by global superstar Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation) with Cobie Smulders (Avengers: Age Of Ultron), Aldis Hodge (Straight Outta Compton), Danika Yarosh (Heroes Reborn), Patrick Heusinger (Black Swan), Austin Hebert (The Answer), Holt McCallany (Concussion) and Robert Catrini (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) co-starring. The aforementioned Ed Zwick (The Last SamuraiBlood Diamond; Pawn Sacrifice) is directing with a script he co-wrote alongside Richard Wenk »

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Ken Ochiai’s Uzumasa Limelight in selected cinemas from February 9th 2016

12 January 2016 2:50 PM, PST | AsianMoviePulse | See recent AsianMoviePulse news »

 

Third Window films are bringing Ken Ochiai’s award winning ‘Uzumasa Limelight‘ to UK cinemas in early February as part of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme. (Watch The Official Trailer)

The film walked away with two awards at the Fantasia Film Festival (Best Actor and Best Film) , and also an Audience Award at the New York Asian Film Festival.

The film stars Seizo Fukumoto – The actor who is said to have died 50,000 times! (known to Western audiences as the silent Samurai guarding Tom Cruise in “The Last Samurai“) and introducing  Chihiro Yamamoto

 

When / Where can you see it

Uzumasa Limelight will play in 9 UK cities from early February to late March as part of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme

Starting at Ica Cinema, London from February 9th 2016 and the onto the following locations

Watershed Bristol Showroom Cinema Sheffield Filmhouse Edinburgh Quad Derby Mac Birmingham Dca Dundee Phoenix Leicester »

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