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San Sebastian to offer Japanese indie cinema focus

San Sebastian to offer Japanese indie cinema focus
Retrospective will focus on Japanese independent cinema from the past 15 years and includes Cannes favourite Naomi Kawase.

The San Sebastian Film Festival is to programme a retrospective for its 63rd edition (Sept 18-26) titles New Japanese independent cinema 2000-2015.

Among the titles making up the retrospective from known directors are:

H Story (2001) by Nobuhiro Suwa;A Snake of June (Rokugatsu no hebi, 2002) by Shin’ya Tsukamoto;Bright Future (Akarui mirai, 2003) by Kiyoshi Kurosawa;Vibrator (2003) by Ryuichi Hiroki;Bashing (2005) by Masahiro Kobayashi;Birth/Mother (Tarachime, 2006) by Naomi Kawase;Love Exposure (Ai no mukidashi, 2008) by Shion Sono.

The works of several new talents to have made their debut since 2000 include:

Hole in the Sky (Sora no ana, 2001) by Kazuyoshi Kumakiri,Border Line (2002) by Sang-il Lee,No One’s Ark (Baka no hakobune, 2003) by Nobuhiro Yamashita, The Soup, One Morning (Aru asa, soup wa, 2005) by Izumi Takahashi,Fourteen (Ju-yon-sai, 2007) by Hiromasa Hirosue,Sex Is Not Laughing Matter (Hito no sekkuso
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Review: Hebi Ni Piasu (Yukio Ninagawa)

Whenever the word hebi (snake) pops up in Japanese film titles chances are you can expect something situated in the margins of society. Notorious examples are Shinya Tsukamoto's Rokugatsu No Hebi and Takashi Ishii's Hana To Hebi (beware!). Compared to these two films Hebi Ni Piasu is actually quite tame, though unsuspecting film fans may still be surprised by what they find behind the warm exteriors of this unusual drama.Yukio Ninagawa never backed away from adding some controversial themes to his films. His comeback title Ao No Hono-o treaded around some delicate issues, Hebi Ni Piasu takes a very similar road. The difference is that the setting of Hebi Ni Piasu may alienate people enough to ease the blow a little. By society's standards the...
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Sundance gets 'Asia Extreme'

Sundance gets 'Asia Extreme'
NEW YORK -- Sundance Channel has picked up eight Asian features from theatrical distributor Tartan USA and will launch Asia Extreme, a late-night showcase for the genre films. The network obtained exclusive domestic TV rights for Chan-wook Park's Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and his Festival de Cannes grand-prize winner Oldboy, Ki-duk Kim's Samaritan Girl, Ji-woon Kim's A Tale of Two Sisters, Jong-hyuk Lee's H, Tae-Yong Kim and Kyu-Dong Min's Memento Mori, Byeong-ki Ahn's Phone and Shinya Tsukamoto's A Snake of June. The collection from Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan will be shown each Sunday at midnight starting April 2.

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