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Tokyo – “Confessions” director Tetsuya Nakashima’s latest hyper-violent drama “The World of Kanako (Kawaki)” has stirred up a storm of controversy since its June 27 release in Japan.
Slapped with an R-15 rating, meaning than no one 14 and under can see it, the pic stars Koji Yakusho (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “13 Assassins”) as a former detective with a hair-trigger temper searching for his missing teenage daughter, whose “model student” image turns out to be a sham.
The hero’s outrageous behavior, from violent rape to attempted vehicular homicide, has prompted a flood of critical comments on message boards and social networks, especially when theaters offered a special student discount to encourage more teens the daughter’s age to see the film. “This is a film that shouldn’t be shown to students,” one commentator opined.
In reaction Nakashima has issued a statement saying “I’m really sorry if (the film) is too grotesque. »
- Mark Schilling
Believe it or not, season three of Arrow is just a few months away now, and the cast looks set to expand considerably with the addition of three new cast members. They will each be playing a well-known character from the comic books, and we have all the spoiler-free details on each of them for you right here!
22 Jump Street star Peter Stormare will play Count Vertigo, and if that name sounds familiar, it ‘s because the character was played by Seth Gabel in a number of season one and season two episodes. Stormare however will play Werner Zytle, a character who is an actual Count and the ruler of Vlatava.
Hopefully this version will actually have the same powers as his comic book counterpart who uses his “Vertigo Effect” to disrupt his enemies’ balance, something which is problematic for Green Arrow!
- Josh Wilding
According to a recent report from TV Line , the Arrow season 3 folks have hired actor, Karl Yune, to portray character, Maseo Yamashiro, who is one of Oliver's old handlers and mentors. He will appear in some new flashback scenes. Maseo is described as being someone that will eventually evolve into a teacher and a friend that assists Oliver in stepping closer to becoming the superhero he is today. Maseo is also the husband of Tatsu Yamashiro aka DC Comics superheroine “Katana,” who is being played by former 2 Fast 2 Furious and Sin City actress, Devon Aoki. Maseo is also a skilled in martial arts. Kari Yune's acting credits include roles in Real Steel, Speed Racer, and Memoirs of a Geisha. Season 3 is set to debut on Wednesday night. October 8th at 7pm central time on The CW. »
According to TVLine, Karl Yune (Memoirs of a Geisha) has landed the role of Maseo Yamashiro in the highly anticipated third season of The CW's Arrow. The site reveals that he will be introduced in the series through Oliver Queen's flashbacks as the vigilante's handler. However, over time, their relationship will evolve to the point when Maseo becomes a friend and mentor to Ollie, helping him to become the current day hero he is in Starling City. In the comic books, Maseo is the husband of Tatsu Yamashiro, better known as Katana (who it was revealed yesterday will be played by Sin City actress Devon Aoki). Like his wife, he's also a skilled martial artist. It will be interesting to see how they handle the flashbacks with a new cast of characters and a very different setting, but with the island now fully explored, it should help keep fans interested »
Arrow‘s Season 3 flashback world continues to be fleshed out, now with the casting of Oliver Queen’s Hong Kong handler.
Related Arrow Season 3: Scoop on Oliver’s New Rivals and [Spoiler]‘s Love Interest
TVLine has learned that Karl Yune has landed the major recurring role of Maseo Yamashiro, who will be introduced in flashbacks as Oliver’s handler. Over time, he also will evolve into a teacher and a friend who helps Oliver step ever closer to becoming the superhero he is today.
Maseo is the husband of Tatsu Yamashiro aka DC Comics superheroine “Katana” (to be played »
Composers Gustavo Dudamel, Gustavo Santaolalla and John Williams will gather at the Academy for “Behind the Score: The Art of the Film Composer,” on Monday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bing Theater in Los Angeles.
In a conversation hosted by Tavis Smiley, the illustrious trio will discuss significant musical moments in film that have inspired their work as they examine the art and process of creating a film score as well as the director-composer collaboration.
Dudamel, now entering his sixth season as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, made his first foray into composing for motion pictures with “The Liberator (Libertador),” a biopic about Simón Bolívar that screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival earlier this month. The score for this film, as well as a CD on Deutsche Grammophon, was recorded with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, of which Dudamel is music director. Dudamel »
- Michelle McCue
What would happen if, thanks to an attempt to stop global warming that went awry, our big blue marble were plunged into a new ice age? The result would be pretty much what you would expect: Humanity's survivors would find themselves trapped on a perpetually moving supertrain divided by strict us-vs.-them barriers (plebians in the back, patricians in the front), and the huddled masses would have to fight their way to the front, one bloody siege at a time.
Alt-Summer Film Preview 2014: 20 Non-Blockbuster Movies to Check Out
That's the central idea behind Snowpiercer, »
Japan’s rarefied geisha culture is kookily crossed with Broadway musicals in “Lady Maiko,” Masayuki Suo’s variation on “My Fair Lady.” Gorgeously appointed and exuberantly choreographed, this crowded ensemble drama is a visual treat that, at well over two hours, needs a romantic spark to give it stronger dramatic momentum. Audiences aware of what a tacky knockoff “Memoirs of a Geisha” was may well appreciate the production’s dedication to authenticity, but it doesn’t entertain on the level of Suo’s “Shall We Dance,” or boast the zany humor of “Maiko Haaaan!!!” Still, Suo’s rep and the fascinating subject matter should ensure a decent run in select Asian markets.
The ancient, masonic world of geishas, sometimes referred to as Hanamachi (Flower Street), is almost synonymous with Kyoto, a city proud of its artistic heritage and exclusion of non-locals. However, the film reveals that since the profession’s heyday, »
- Maggie Lee
The classic western mini-series Lonesome Dove rides back to Reelz starting Saturday at 8pm Et/5pm Pt. Its all star cast includes the young, sweet-faced Diane Lane playing the cutest, nicest, most loyal prostitute we've ever seen. In honor of Lane's Lorena Wood, we decided to put together a list of our all-time favorite hookers with hearts of gold. They may walk the streets, but these ladies have still managed to capture our hearts.
Lorena Wood from Lonesome Dove
There’s no doubt that Diane Lane’s old west working girl is not your typical lady of the night. For one, she seems to mostly work during the daytime, and two she’ll only accept a “poke” from a customer she likes. It might not be the best business model, but since half the town of Lonesome Dove is in love with her, she can make it work.
Lynn Bracken from L. »
- Mandy McAdoo
In anticipation of the film's release, Latino-Review is givinging away a few "Edge of Tomorrow"-related items to some lucky readers, including a "Edge of Tomorrow" Backpack, "Edge of Tomorrow" Bluetooth Speaker, and much more.
In order to enter the contest, email Latinoreviewmail@gmail.com with your name and address and include "Edge of Tomorrow" Giveaway in the subject headline.
This giveaway will be open until June 9th at noon Pst and is only open to residents of the United States. Also, only one entry per person. Once the giveaway ends, we’ll look over the entries and randomly draw winners that day. Winners will be advised via email.
Here is what we got.
Black Backpack – Arv $80Bluetooth Speaker – Arv $58Survival Radio & Flashlight – Arv $33Portable Battery Charger – Arv $16Silver Weave Notebook – Arv $18"Edge of Tomorrow" Hat – Arv $16Movie tie-in Paperback "Edge of Tomorrow" Novel previously published as "All You Need is Kill »
- Kellvin Chavez
Hey local fiends! We have some passes to give away to our readers for the upcoming sci-fi action film Edge of Tomorrow. Read below on how to score some passes to see it June 2nd.
Oscar® nominee Tom Cruise (the “Mission: Impossible” films, “Collateral,” “Jerry Maguire”) and Emily Blunt (“The Devil Wears Prada,” “The Adjustment Bureau”) star in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ sci-fi thriller “Edge of Tomorrow,” under the direction of Doug Liman (“The Bourne Identity,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”).
The epic action of “Edge of Tomorrow” unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world.
Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably »
- Andy Triefenbach
Machinima has released the 12 episodes from series of "Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist."
Through the coming of age story of Ken & Ryu, we are shown the backstory of some of the game’s most iconic characters, and over the course of the series we will see how the past, present, and future of all of those characters are intertwined, as the battle to become Ansatsuken Master threatens to tear apart another generation of brothers.
"Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist," which is distributed by Content Media and presented by the all-new 2015 Honda Fit, is the brainchild of Joey Ansah (The Bourne Ultimatum, Snow White and the Huntsman). Ansah, who also stars in the series (Akuma), wrote the script with Christian Howard, who reprises his role as Ken Masters from the original fan film. The series also stars Mike Moh as Ryu, Togo Igawa (47 Ronin, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Last Samurai) as Gōtetsu, »
- Kellvin Chavez
Here we go again folks with another Top 25. Today I’ll be knocking off another one of the technical categories, with this one being the always elaborate Best Production Design field. The category is usually a feast for the eyes, but there’s plenty more to it than that. The sets and the environment on the whole are put on display here in an often magical way. I have a few specific titles I’ll be citing below, but I know the game here. You all mostly just want to see the lists anyway, so I have no problem obliging you there in that particular regard. All you have to do is just be patient over the next few paragraphs once again… This time around, I’m once again going the overview route, since as mentioned above the look of these winners is really what matters here. Also, it really »
- Joey Magidson
Following the two trailers released last month which introduce Ryu (Mike Moh) and Ken (Christian Howard), Machinima has debuted a new full-length trailer for the web series Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist. Joey Ansah co-created the series with Christian Howard, which centers on Ken and Ryu while showing how other characters from the hit video game series are all connected, as they fight to become the next Ansatsuken Master. Take a look at the latest footage before all 12 episodes of this web series debut Friday, May 23 on Machinima.com.
The live-action series, which is distributed by Content Media, is the brainchild of Joey Ansah (The Bourne Ultimatum, Snow White and the Huntsman), a member of the creative team behind the hugely successful fan film Street Fighter: Legacy - which has received almost 5,000,000 views to date. Ansah, who also stars in the series (Akuma), wrote the script with Christian Howard, who »
Director Michael Bay has tapped John Goodman and Ken Watanabe to voice two all new Autobots in his highly anticipated film Transformers: Age Of Extinction, the fourth film in the global blockbuster franchise from Paramount Pictures.
Goodman will play Autobot Hound, Watanabe will play Drift, while Cullen reprises his role as the voice of Optimus Prime, and Welker takes on another new character, Galvatron.
“I am pleased to welcome two gifted and versatile actors, John Goodman and Ken Watanabe, to the world of Transformers,” said Bay. “And to reteam with Peter and Frank, who have brought Transformers characters alive from the beginning. I’ve been fortunate to work with some of the best voice talent in the business, and together we will introduce several exciting new robots to fans of the franchise around the world.”
Rounding out »
- Michelle McCue
Just weeks after the Ryu trailer debuted from Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist, Machinima has released another trailer showcasing Christian Howard as Ken. This Machinima web series focuses on the coming-of-age story of Ken and Ryu (Mike Moh), while shedding light on the origins of other popular Street Fighter characters, whose fates become intertwined as they fight to become the Ansatsuken Master. Check out the latest footage before this web series debuts on Machinima sometime this May.
The live-action series, which is distributed by Content Media, is the brainchild of Joey Ansah (The Bourne Ultimatum, Snow White and the Huntsman), a member of the creative team behind the hugely successful fan film Street Fighter: Legacy - which has received almost 5,000,000 views to date. Ansah, who also stars in the series (Akuma), wrote the script with Christian Howard, who reprises his role as Ken Masters from the original fan film. The »
This is a gorgeous trailer, and this film looks amazing. Another anticipated upcoming film confirmed on the Cannes 2014 line-up this morning is Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou's latest, Coming Home, starring Chen Daoming (Hero, Infernal Affairs 3, Aftershock) and Gong Li (2046, Memoirs of a Geisha, Curse of the Golden Flower). The story is about a Chinese man who is forced into marriage and flees to America, but finally returns home years later only to be rejected by his family. It looks like there are very deep, complex emotions and a heartbreaking story to tell, but I am looking forward to catching this film sooner than later. Here's the first international trailer for Zhang Yimou's Coming Home, on YouTube via The Film Stage: Coming Home, or Homecoming or Return as it's also known, is directed by prominent Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou (of Hero, House of Flying Daggers, Curse of the Golden Flower, »
- Alex Billington
After releasing a full trailer a few weeks back [see here], Machinima has now debuted a Ryu character trailer for its upcoming live-action web series Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist, which has been created by the team behind the acclaimed fan film StreetFighter: Legacy. Check it out below…
Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist is described as a coming of age tell for Ken and Ryu (played by Christian Howard and Mike Moh, respectively) and will also explore “the back story of some of the game’s most iconic characters, and over the course of the series we will see how the past, present, and future of all of those characters are intertwined, as the battle to become Ansatsuken Master threatens to tear apart another generation of brothers.”
- Gary Collinson
Following the first look at Machinima's new web series Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist, a new trailer has debuted, centering on Mike Moh's character Ryu. Joey Ansah created this series based on the Street Fighter: Legacy fan film, which follows the characters from Capcom's hit video game series. Take a look at this new footage, and stay tuned to find out when this show will debut on Machinima later this year.
The live-action series, which is distributed by Content Media, is the brainchild of Joey Ansah (The Bourne Ultimatum, Snow White and the Huntsman), a member of the creative team behind the hugely successful fan film Street Fighter: Legacy - which has received almost 5,000,000 views to date. Ansah, who also stars in the series (Akuma), wrote the script with Christian Howard, who reprises his role as Ken Masters from the original fan film. The series also stars Mike Moh as Ryu, »
Amir here, to welcome you back to Team Top Ten, our monthly poll by all of the website’s contributors. For our first episode in 2014, we are looking at The Greatest Working Cinematographers in the (international) film industry. As long time readers of The Film Experience are surely aware, the visual language of cinema is something Nathaniel and the rest of us are very fond of discussing. Films and filmmakers that have a dash of style and understand cinema as a visual medium always get bonus points around these parts. We celebrate great works in cinematography on a weekly basis in Hit Me With Your Best Shot, but it was time to give the people behind the camera their due.
More than 50 cinematographers from all across the world received votes. If the final, somewhat American-centric, list doesn’t quite reflect that, chalk it up to the natural process of consensus voting. »
- Amir S.
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