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Still Walking (review)

17 December 2009 10:21 AM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Now comes that moment in the year-end craziness when I’m catching up with some of what I missed during the year, and the insanity of all the moviewatching slows down to a beautiful slo-mo crawl, when a movie that I cannot believe somehow got past me earlier suddenly feels like a big, deep, relaxing cinematic breath of fresh air and wonder and loveliness. This deceptively simple family drama touched me like that. Taking place over the course of a single day (except for the brief coda) is writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s (Nobody Knows) ode to family in all its dysfunctions (which he actually renders sort of magnificent in how they define a family), its secrets (which he doles out with such sharp quietude that they come more as sighs of relief than startling shocks), and the complications and trials of its love. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Review of Air Doll

12 December 2009 12:49 AM, PST | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

Year: 2009

Directors: Hirokazu Koreeda

Writers: Hirokazu Koreeda

IMDb: link

Trailer: link

Review by: Joseph Proimakis

Rating: 5 out of 10

Beautifully shot and delightfully acted, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Airdoll plays like a love-song to the splendor and bitterness of life, filled with allegory in each verse. It’s too bad though, that Kore-eda’s renowned soft touch and pop aesthetics are a bit too blunt around the edges, to go anywhere further than skin-deep at the vast number issues he tries to juggle.

Staying close to his explorations of jaded forms of love and loss, Kore-eda (two time Cannes contender with Distance (2001) and Nobody Knows (2004)) takes a 20 page short manga (The Pneumatic Figure of a Girl, pub. 2000 by Youshiide Gouda), and makes a full blown two-hour movie out of its story about a blow-up sex doll that offers more than sexual pleasure to her lonesome owner, who spends hours joyfully yapping about »

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Still Walking

10 December 2009 10:49 PM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Still Walking (Aruitemo Aruitemo)

Directed by:  Hirokazu Koreeda

Cast: Hiroshi Abe, Yui Natsukawa, Kirin Kiki

Running Time: 1 hr 55 mins

Rating: Unrated

Release Date: December 11, 2009

Plot: A family comes together to commemorate the anniversary of the death of the eldest son, Junpei.  Over the course of the night and day, the family members learn about one another and themselves.

Who’S It For? Koreeda’s made some great films in the last decade, including After Life and Nobody Knows.  Fans of those films or anyone else interested in well-crafted dramas should enjoy this film.

Expectations: I enjoyed the two films mentioned above, so I was hoping for something similarly well-written and beautiful.

Scorecard (0-10)


Hiroshi Abe as Ryota:  The younger brother of a dead sibling he can never live up to, Ryota’s reluctant to return to his family’s home.  Soon it becomes clear that though everything seems fine on the surface, »

- Megan Lehar

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IFC Films to Stream Content Through Netflix

20 November 2009 7:21 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

In a move designed to increase the reach of independent cinema, IFC Entertainment, one of the leading distributors of independent and foreign films, and Netflix, the world's largest online movie rental service, today announced a partnership that gives Netflix U.S. rights to 53 unique titles from IFC Entertainment. Through this agreement select titles from IFC Entertainment's eclectic library of independent films will become available to be streamed instantly to televisions and computers via the Netflix service. The deal was announced jointly by Lisa Schwartz, executive vice president for IFC Entertainment, and Robert Kyncl, vice president of content acquisition for Netflix.

The partnership gives Netflix members on an unlimited plan the opportunity to instantly watch the newly acquired films on their computers or TVs through a range of Netflix ready devices. Those devices include Netflix ready Blu-ray disc players and new Internet TVs from LG Electronics; Blu-ray disc players from Samsung »

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Still Walking: Kore-eda Talks with Gray and Kim

26 August 2009 4:00 AM, PDT | TribecaFilm.com | See recent Tribeca Film news »

Tff 2009 director Bradley Rust Gray (The Exploding Girl, Salt) and his wife, filmmaker So Yong Kim (Treeless Mountain, In Between Days), talk with one of their idols, Hirokazu Kore-eda (Maborosi, After Life, Nobody Knows) about the Japanese director's new film Still Walking (Tff 2009), opening this Friday at IFC Center and premiering on demand today. So Yong and I first had the honor of meeting one of our favorite directors, Hirokazu Kore-eda, in Toronto about three years ago. At the time, So was preparing to shoot her second feature, Treeless Mountain, in Korea. Since So was interested in directing children and shooting on 16mm, she was very excited to talk to Mr. Eda. Mr. Eda nodded, grabbed a translator, and So asked her question. Mr. Eda thought for a moment, his face went bright, and he went into a very long and elaborate explanation in Japanese. So was »

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'Grudge' director Shimizu in 'Shock'

25 August 2009 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Seoul -- "The Shock Labyrinth," the latest film from "The Grudge" director Takashi Shimizu, is to be a 3D live-action movie represented in international markets by Fortissimo Films.

The story takes place in a theme park near Mount Fuji and follows a group of teens dealing with the shock return of a friend they had assumed to be dead.

Produced by Japan's Asmik Ace, the film also marks Shimizu's return to genre filmmaking after a hiatus of several years.

"The production represented a great challenge in creating a brand new way of expressing fear and telling a dramatic story via the medium of 3-D film. I hope as many of you as possible will find yourselves trapped in my labyrinth and enjoy the experience," he said.

The film is in postproduction, having begun principal photography in early July.

Produced by Ogura Jimusyo's Satoru Ogura, Asmik Ace's Masayuki Tanishima and Dai Miyazaki, »

- By Patrick Frater

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Family Snapshot: Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Still Walking”

24 August 2009 6:34 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s films are haunted by the specter of death—from the exquisite undercurrent of loss infusing “Maborosi”’ to the explicitly gimmicky conceptualization of the hereafter in “After Life” to the looming danger hovering over the abandoned children of “Nobody Knows”. His latest, “Still Walking,” again takes up questions of mortality. As the Yokoyama family reconvenes for what we gradually realize is a memorial day commemorating the eldest son’s death, remaining siblings … »

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Family Snapshot: Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Still Walking”

24 August 2009 6:34 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s films are haunted by the specter of death—from the exquisite undercurrent of loss infusing “Maborosi”’ to the explicitly gimmicky conceptualization of the hereafter in “After Life” to the looming danger hovering over the abandoned children of “Nobody Knows”. His latest, “Still Walking,” again takes up questions of mortality. As the Yokoyama family reconvenes for what we gradually realize is a memorial day commemorating the eldest son’s death, remaining siblings … »

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Takashi Shimizu’s New Dimensions of Shock

1 July 2009 10:00 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

It has been three years since Takashi Shimizu stood beside a film camera and worn his directorial hat—literally. Eschewing the black leather cap that was seemingly glued to his head throughout the production of the Japanese Ju-on and American Grudge movies that made his name, Shimizu is not only sporting new headwear for his newest feature, but is also shooting with a new, custom 3-D digital system, the first for such a production in Japan.

Journeying down to the city of Tateyama, Fango paid a visit to the set of The Shock Labyrinth 3D last week to catch up with director Shimizu’s return to feature filmmaking. Within the peeling walls of a local hospital, Shimizu and his crew are hard at work on one of the final days of shooting. Seated behind a large LCD monitor, the filmmaker reaches over to a spare set of 3-D glasses and hands them to this writer. »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Norman England)

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Toronto Announces First 24 Films for 2009 Fest

23 June 2009 5:45 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Is the Toronto International Film Festival upon us already? I still have poutine stains on my shirt from last time! Yes, the 2009 fest is less than three months away, and Tiff has just announced the first batch of films that will play. All 24 will be making their North American premieres, so unless you've been to the festivals at Cannes, Venice, or Berlin, it's unlikely that you've seen any of them. Exciting!

In the "Masters" category are films by three directors who qualify for that distinction. Portugal's Manoel de Oliveira -- who is 100 years old (!) and has made 50 films, most of them in the last two decades -- has a new one called Eccentricities of a Blond-Haired Girl, about a man enchanted by a woman he sees from his window. Alain Resnais (Last Year at Marienbad), the 87-year-old Frenchman who got a lifetime achievement at Cannes this year, has Les Herbes Folles »

- Eric D. Snider

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Ju-on Director Takashi Shimuzu Goes 3-D With The Shock Labyrinth!

3 June 2009 9:34 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Wonder why Takashi Shimizu isn’t directing the tenth anniversary installments of his Ju-On franchise himself?  The answer is simple enough: because he’s making Japan’s first 3-D horror film instead!

Horror Master Takashi Shimizu Commences The Production Of Japan’S First Live Action Digital 3D Feature In The World’S Longest Horror House Walk-through

Tokyo, June 3rd 2009

Japanese production and distribution company Asmik Ace Entertainement today announced the commencement of the principal photography of “The Shock Labyrinth,” a live action digital 3D film directed by Takashi Shimizu (“Juon,” “Juon 2,” “The Grudge,” “The Grudge 2”). The horror project is aiming at an October 2009 release in Japan. Asmik Ace handles both local and international distribution of the Ogura Jimusyho production. The project marks Japan’s first ever live action digital 3D feature film as well as Shimizu’s long-awaited return to the horror feature after 3 years. Produced by Ogura Jimusyo »

- Todd Brown

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Grudge Director Enjoys 3-D Amusement Park 'Shock Labyrinth'

2 June 2009 3:23 PM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Asmik Ace Entertainment has unveiled details of Japans first live-action digital 3D feature, The Shock Labyrinth, which The Grudge director Takashi Shimizu started shooting earlier this week, reports Screen Daily. Beyond the break you'll find all of the details on this new horror-thriller that finally breaks Shimizu from the curse. Yuya Yagira, who won best actor at Cannes 2004 for Nobody Knows, heads the cast of hot young Japanese actors which also includes Misako Renbutsu (The Inugamis), Ryo Katsuji (Hana), Ai Maeda (Battle Royale), Erina Mizuno and Suzuki Matsuo. Based on an original screenplay by Daisuke Hosaka, the horror-thriller follows a group of teenagers dealing with the sudden return of a friend who went missing a decade ago. When the friend falls ill, they take her to a hospital but end up trapped in a labyrinthine haunted house. »

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Q&A: Still Walking

29 April 2009 4:00 AM, PDT | TribecaFilm.com | See recent Tribeca Film news »

Tuesday night's Q and A for Still Walking at the Sva Theater one of the Festival's most understated, informative, touching events at Tff '09 - just like the film itself. Hirokazu Kore-Eda's (Nobody Knows) latest has already been picked up for distribution with IFC, and that will come as no surprise to anyone who has seen the film. This complex story about three generations of a Japanese family is gentle and restrained on the surface, with layers of pain and dissention lying underneath. Introducing the film, Kore-Eda explained that he was inspired to make Still Walking after his mother died: 'I began to think about all I could have done for her while she was still alive.' He began writing the screenplay immediately after her funeral. After the film, the hushed audience slowly readied itself to pose some questions. 'How much of the film was autobiographical?' someone asked. »

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Treeless Mountain Trailer

26 April 2009 10:23 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

For lovers of the whimsical and bittersweet intimacy of Studio Ghibli’s My Neighbor Totoro and Grave of the Fireflies, there will be a lot to love in live-action childhood film Treeless Mountain.  It makes a finely articulated plea for the rejuvenating aspects of simple living over urban malaise; but more importantly, it is a showcase for the fragile dignity of children.

So Yong Kim‘s semi-autobiographical story is most easily described as the South Korean version of Hirokazu Kore-eda‘s Nobody Knows, but it is very much its own film.  Oscilloscope is giving this one a North American release (in New York city on one screen as of last Friday) and a trailer has popped up on Youtube a few days ago.  Thanks for the heads up on this from Justbrett.

Trailer is embedded after the jump.


- Kurt Halfyard

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Mmm... Cannes 2009. Too Good to be True.

23 April 2009 11:43 AM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

So the line-up for this year's Cannes Film Festival was just released today and I damn near fainted from the awesome. This year's competition has got to be the biggest, baddest one in many years, with so many famous auteurs throwing down with their latest films. Who will get the coveted Palme d'Or?

A sampling of just the biggest names who will be in competition: Pedro Almodovar (Broken Embraces), Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), Park Chan-wook (Thirst), Jane Campion (Bright Star), Michael Haneke (The White Ribbon), Gaspar Noe (Enter the Void), Ken Loach (Looking for Eric), Johnnie To (Vengeance), Lars von Trier (Antichrist), Ang Lee (Taking Woodstock).

Not only that, but out of competition, we have Pixar's Up as the opening film, Bong Joon-ho's Mother, Hikorazu Kore-eda's Air Doll, Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Sam Raimi's Drag Me to Hell, and a new documentary by Michel Gondry »

- Arya Ponto

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Cannes Film Festival Line-Up Revealed

23 April 2009 10:14 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

For the most part, the majority of the films Variety speculated would be included at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival made the final list. The only ones that didn't were Werner Herzog's Bad Lieutenant and Francis Ford Coppola's Tetro out of the group I listed from their early report. However, to make up for it they have added Alejandro Amenabar's Agora starring Rachel Weisz, which is big news if you ask me. Listed below is the early list thanks to Variety. The Cannes' Directors' Fortnight and Critics' Week will be fully announced Friday in Paris. Opener

Up U.S., Pete Docter, Bob Peterson Closer

Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky France, Jan Kounen In Competition

Bright Star Australia-u.K.-France, Jane Campion

Spring Fever China-France, Lou Ye

Antichrist Denmark-Sweden-France-Italy, Lars von Trier

Enter the Void France, Gaspar Noe

Face France-Taiwan-Netherlands-Belgium, Tsai Ming-liang

Les Herbes folles France-Italy, Alain Resnais

In the Beginning France, »

- Brad Brevet

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Cannes 09: Exciting auteur heavy lineup unveiled

23 April 2009 10:03 AM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

Wow, the speculation this year was pretty heavy on some great genre fare we've been tracking and while we're missing some stunners like Mr. Nobody and a couple others I've been clocking but won't mention, we do get the following:

Antichrist from Lars Von Trier

Enter the Void from Gapar Noe (we've been waiting on a trailer for a long time)

Vengeance from Johnnie To

Thirst from Chan-Wook Park

Inglorious Basterds from Qt

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus from Terry Gilliam

As well as so many others. One of these years Qe will be headed to Cannes for reviews, but not this year folks, (unless we can find a French correspondent or someone donates a few large, hah!)

Full list after the break. via Variety


"Up," U.S., Pete Docter, Bob Peterson


"Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky," France, Jan Kounen

In Competition

"Bright Star," Australia-u.K.-France, Jane Campion

"Spring Fever, »

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It's Quentin Tarantino vs. Ang Lee! Take a look at the Cannes Film Festival Lineup!

23 April 2009 7:49 AM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Okay, can I just tell you now, that I wish I can go :sad

But work schedule prevents me from going to Cannes (May is ratings period for TV and thou shall not leave your post!). So, I'll just regale myself with fantasizing I was there, or, by counting the days before I can see the films in/out competition!

And this year? It's great! Quentin Tarantino ("Inglourious Basterds") will face off with Ang Lee ("Taking Woodstock") while fighting Pedro Almodovar ("Broken Embraces") and kicking Jane Campion ("Bright Star") to the curb.

It's going to be fierce!

But before all the competition hoopla, Disney/Pixar will entertain everyone by opening the event with "Up" (the first ever animated film to kick off the festival!).

Oh, and out of competition? The last film made by Heath Ledger, "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" by Terry Gilliam.

Here's the complete line up, oh, »

- Manny

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Cannes 2009: Un Certain Regard Selections

23 April 2009 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- So the inflatable doll magically coming to life tale was perhaps too “out there” for a main comp acceptance, but Hirokazu Kore-eda's Air Doll came on over to Un Certain Regard section along with expect works from Romanian filmmakers Cristian Mungiu (Tales From The Golden Age) and Corneliu Porumboiu (Police, Adjective), France's Denis Dercourt (Demain Des L'aube), Pen-ek Ratanaruang (Nymph) and Cannes regular (The Host, Tokyo!) Bong Joon-Ho and his latest film, Mother. Lee Daniels' Sundance fave is going to Cannes with a buzz worthy, shorter titled Push – this great news explains why the film was pulled out of the New Directors/New Films 2009 fest. Iranian filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi who gave us the devastating Turtles Can Fly a couple of year back comes to the Ucr section with another oddly titled film in Nobody Knows About The Persian Cats. And speaking of Sundance, Cannes' own Atelier de »

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Web site for Kuuki Ningyo goes live!

18 March 2009 7:19 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Korean actress Bae Doo-Na stars in this film by Japanese director Kore-Eda (Hana, Nobody Knows).  Kuuki Ningyo is adapted from a manga by Yoshiie Goda. It also stars Ping Pong‘s Arata in the role of the video clerk. Susumu Terajima, Jo Odagiri and Ryo Iwamatsu also star.

Chris Magee over at JFilm Pow Wow has done his darndest to translate the synopsis over at CinemaTopicsOnline

The kuuki ningyo, or “air doll” of the film’s title is owned by a man named Hideo. One day while he’s at work the doll comes to life and ventures out into the city. On one of her trips she stumbles across a video store and meets Junichi who works there part-time. Suddenly the doll experiences something she’s never felt before… feelings.

As it goes with any site launch for a film there isn’t much to look at yet. And »

- Mack

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