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Finecut Picks Up Kim Ki-duk’s ‘Human’

South Korean sales company Finecut has picked up the latest film by Kim Ki-duk, “Human, Space, Time and Human.”

It stars Japan’s Mina Fujii (“Death Note: Light up the New World”) and Joe Odagiri (“I Wish”), veteran Korean actors Ahn Sung-ki (“Revivre”), Ryoo Seung-bum (“The Net”), Lee Sung-jae (“Public Enemy”) and Jang Keun-suk (“You’re My Pet”), in a tale that tests and reveals the true nature of the human race.

“Time and Human” sees the story of a group of people who wake up in the morning to find themselves stuck in a battleship no longer floating in water.

“I made this film in order to stop hating humans,” the arthouse maverick said in a statement released by Finecut.

Currently in post-production, “Time and Human” is the twenty third production by the director whose previous works including “The Isle” and “3- Iron” have been recognized by major European film festivals. But
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‘Columbus’ Director Kogonada Shares His 10 Favorite Films of the Last 10 Years: ‘Clouds of Sils Maria,’ ‘Amour,’ and More

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Columbus” director Kogonada is the latest director to share his 10 favorite movies of the last 10 years on Grasshopper Film’s Transmissions. Sean Baker, Andrew Rossi, and Benjamin Crotty have all done likewise in the past; like theirs, Kogonada’s 10/10 is heavy on auteur favorites. Here’s the list in alphabetical order:

Read More:‘Columbus’ Review: Kogonada’s Directorial Debut Is a Feast for the Eyes and the Heart “35 Shots of Rum” (Claire Denis, 2008) “Amour” (Michael Haneke, 2012) “The Arbor” (Clio Barnard, 2010) “Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo” (Jessica Oreck, 2009) “Before Midnight” (Richard Linklater, 2013) “Clouds of Sils Maria” (Olivier Assayas, 2014) “Flight of the Red Balloon” (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2007) “I Wish” (Hirokazu Koreeda, 2011) “Nostalgia For the Light” (Patricio Guzmán, 2010) “The Wind Rises” (Hayao Miyazaki, 2013) Read More:Supercut Guru Kogonada: How He Leapt from Small Screens to Sundance Next with the Mysterious ‘Columbus

Kogonada also included a list of the five directors whom he feels “ruled this era”: Olivier Assayas,
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After the Storm review – hardboiled family drama with a soft heart

A gambling-addicted private eye spies on his ex-wife in Hirokazu Kore-eda’s drama, which, despite its grubby setting, is understated and delicate

The title of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s new movie is ironic. The TV weather forecast says a typhoon is imminent, and the characters are subtly influenced by its inexorable approach. Situations are intensified and complicated. The drama is actually taking place before the storm, during the storm – or maybe instead of the storm. The period of rest the title appears to conjure up happens very late, if it happens at all. Yet there is no climactic storminess in the action.

After the Storm is a family drama, a 21st-century variation on the classic Japanese style of which this film-maker is now the international standard-bearer. The director has said he models himself on Mikio Naruse, rather than Yasujirō Ozu, although he is dissatisfied with both comparisons. It is a story
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Gaga, Wild Bunch re-team on sales of Kore-eda's 'The Third Murder'

Gaga, Wild Bunch re-team on sales of Kore-eda's 'The Third Murder'
Exclusive: Legal thriller starring Masaharu Fukuyama due to hit screens in Japan in September.

Japan’s Gaga Corporation and Wild Bunch are re-teaming to jointly sell Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s upcoming legal thriller The Third Murder.

Popular Japanese singer and actor Masaharu Fukuyama reunites with Kore-eda to play a lawyer who takes on a complicated murder case that will shake his very belief in the law.

Fukuyama starred in Kore-eda’s 2013 Cannes Jury Prize winner Like Father, Like Son, playing a successful businessman faced with a tough decision on discovering the child he brought up as his own was swapped with his biological son at birth.

Gaga will represent Asian territories and Wild Bunch is handling the rest of the world.

The new deal extends a collaboration begun on Kore-eda’s 2011 film I Wish and continued on his subsequent films Like Father, Like Son, Our Little Sister and After The Storm.

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Hirokazu Koreeda Goes Genre With First Teaser Trailer For Thriller ‘The Third Murder’ [Watch]

As anyone who’s ever observed our Slack channel and spotted the custom-made emoji of the director we created, we’re big fans here at the Playlist of the Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Koreeda. For two decades now, the filmmaker has won fans around the world for his gentle, deeply human dramas like “Nobody Knows,” “Hana,” “Still Walking” and “Air Doll,” and more recently with festival favorites like “I Wish,” Cannes Jury award winner “Like Father, Like Son” and last year’s “After The Storm.”

To many, he’s become the natural successor to the great director Yasujiro Ozu, his films taking set-ups that could be melodramatic and making them with compassion, humor and skill.

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Kore-eda's Cannes title 'After The Storm' secures UK deal

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Exclusive: Arrow Films strikes deal with Wild Bunch for Un Certain Regard title.

Arrow Films has struck for all UK/Ire rights to Hirokazu Kore-eda’s well-received Cannes Un Certain Regard title After the Storm in a deal with Wild Bunch.

The latest family drama from the Croisette regular follows Ryota, a man (Hiroshi Abe) dwelling on his past glory as a prize-winning author who wastes the money he makes as a private detective on gambling and can barely pay child support.

After the death of his father, his aging mother (Kirin Kiki) and beautiful ex-wife (Yoko Make) seem to be moving on with their lives. Renewing contact with his initially distrusting family, Ryota struggles to take back control of his existence and to find a lasting place in the life of his young son (Taiyo Yoshizawa) — until a stormy summer night offers them a chance to truly bond again.

Arrow have released
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Cannes Film Review: ‘After the Storm’

Cannes Film Review: ‘After the Storm’
“A stew needs time for the flavors to sink in; so do people,” observes the sage matriarch of “After the Storm.” The same could be said for Hirokazu Kore-eda’s filmmaking, which keeps the melancholy tale of a broken family reunited briefly by a typhoon on a slow simmer until the last act, which is sprinkled with small epiphanies about our humble existence. Featuring an uncomplicated plot and easily relatable personalities, this is a divertissement compared with the thematic heft of “Like Father, Like Son.” Still its gentle contemplation of life’s disappointments and human inadequacy may draw new recruits beyond the director-writer’s euro-arthouse base.

The character arc of a deadbeat father struggling to win back the love and respect of his estranged wife and son is one often found in pugilist films. But for Kore-eda, it’s a means to rework past themes in his family dramas, such
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[Cannes Review] After the Storm

Can our children pick and choose the personality traits they inherit, or are they doomed to obtain our lesser qualities? These are the hard questions being meditated on in After the Storm, a sobering, transcendent tale of a divorced man’s efforts to nudge back into his son’s life. Beautifully shot by regular cinematographer Yutaka Yamasaki, it marks a welcome and quite brilliant return to serious fare for writer-editor-director Hirokazu Kore-eda following last year’s Our Little Sister, widely regarded as one of the slightest works of his career thus far.

Recent Kore-eda regular Abe Hiroshi plays Ryota, a prize-winning author struggling to live up to the success of his first novel. He’s a father of one, a gambling addict, and probably a bit of an asshole. We learn the man’s been researching for his follow-up book by moonlighting as a private eye. The job adds an
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Our Little Sister – touching family drama

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s story of siblings reunited has charm and hidden depths

This utterly enchanting tale of female family bonds (mothers, daughters, sisters) finds three twentysomething siblings travelling to the funeral of their estranged father, and meeting their 14-year-old half-sister for the first time. While Sachi, Yoshino and Chika live together with their shared memories, young Suzu seems all alone, until her new-found family invite her to come and live with them in Kamakura. “She may be your sister, but she’s also the daughter of the woman who destroyed your family,” warns a wary auntie. But despite the melancholic old wounds which her presence reopens, Suzu proves an entirely positive presence in this lovely, generous, and touching adaptation of Akimi Yoshida’s graphic novel Umimachi Diary. Filmed in mid- and long shots, which emphasise group framings over isolated close-ups, Our Little Sister may seem at first glance to be
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Our Little Sister review – an exquisite portrait of family life

The arrival of a half-sister they’ve never met before subtly undermines the existence of three twentysomething women in Hirokazu Kore-eda’s tender tale

This sweetly tender movie from Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda is superbly unforced and unassuming, finding delicate notes of affirmation and optimism and discreetly celebrating the beauty of nature and family love. It is watercolour cinema with nothing watery about it, in the classic “family drama” vein that you might associate with Yasujirô Ozu, though in conversation at Cannes last year – where I first saw this – the director told me his inspiration was more Mikio Naruse. Our Little Sister is not as challenging and overtly painful as his previous films I Wish or Like Father, Like Son, and there might be some who find it a bit tame or even sentimental; I can only say there is something subtly subversive in the emotional dynamic Kore-eda creates with
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U.K. Trailer For Hirokazu Koreeda’s Cannes Drama ‘Our Little Sister’

We already got a trailer for Hirokazu Koreeda‘s next feature After the Storm, likely coming to Cannes, but we’re still waiting on Sony Classics to give a release to his last drama Our Little Sister (titled Umimachi Diary in Japan). In the meantime, it’ll hit the U.K. next month and today brings a new trailer, and more. Starring Ayase Haruka, Nagasawa Masami, Kaho, and Hirose Suzu, the story follows a trio of adult sisters, living in their grandmother’s Kamakura home who are visited by a 13-year-old half-sibling.

We said in our review, “Adapted from Akimi Yoshida’s highly successful manga Umimachi Diary, Our Little Sister is once again an examination of the dynamics amongst the members of a damaged family. In attempting to tackle four protagonists, however, Kore-eda seems to have bitten off more than he can chew, delivering an uneven and ultimately superficial story of emotional maturation.
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Japan’s Hirokazu Kore’eda Readies ‘Still Deeper Than The Sea’

Japan’s Hirokazu Kore’eda Readies ‘Still Deeper Than The Sea’
Tokyo – Hirokazu Kore’eda, Japan’s auteur director who has seen his last two films play in competition in Cannes, will have his next film ready for May 2016.

Kore’eda has started production on “Umi yori mo Mada Fukaku” (literal translation: “Still deeper than the Sea”) an offbeat family drama that the director also scripted.

Hiroshi Abe, veteran star of everything from arthouse dramas to commercial comedies, plays a middle-aged man who never quite made it to adulthood. Kirin Kiki will play his mother and Yoko Maki his former wife. Abe also worked with Koreeda in the latter’s 2011 child-centered drama “I Wish” and the 2008 dysfunctional family drama “Still Walking.”

The film is set for a May 21 Japanese theatrical bow with Gaga distributing. Among the production partners are the Fuji TV network, Bandai Visual and Aoi Pro. Wild Bunch has international rights outside Asia.

Kore’eda was in Cannes in 2013 with “Like Father,
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Our Little Sister review [Lff 2015]: “This is perfect drama.”

Our Little Sister review: Presents us with a number of quiet stories unfolding like a modern day Ozu. Our Little Sister review

Saying that Hirokazu Koreeda’s latest is great should go without saying. Koreeda pumps out brilliant films as though it was nothing more than a natural reflex. Emblazoned with a loving sense of realism – even for his more fantastical efforts such as After Life and Air Doll – Koreeda delves into engaging tales of love and family like no other. Our Little Sister is the third consecutive film from Koreeda this decade that deals with family ties. Previously he has warmed our hearts with a tale of brotherly love in I Wish, before looking at complex bonds between fathers and sons in Like Father, Like Son. Now it’s the turn of sisters in Our Little Sister.

Sachi (Haruka Ayase) is the head of a three sister household. As
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Three Sisters with Laden Hearts: Hirokazu Koreeda and the Non-traditional Family

It was interesting to note the reaction, head bowed in a pained half-smile, of Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda when hit with his first Cannes press conference question this year: “Is this an homage to Ozu?” or at least something to that extent. In fairness, it’s probably a question the man is sick of hearing at this point, but in the case of Our Little Sister it’s not quite as wayward or as ignorant as one might think. Indeed, Koreeda acknowledges as much in response: admitting to revisiting some of the master’s work in preparation for the project, or perhaps simply in preparation for such questions. And he’s right: there are similarities, and more than enough to provoke such a question. The opening shots alone of a sleepy suburban neighborhood, houses split by an unseen railway line whose heavy clients must shake these small abodes to their foundations,
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Cannes: Sony Pictures Classics Acquires ‘Our Little Sister’ (Exclusive)

Cannes: Sony Pictures Classics Acquires ‘Our Little Sister’ (Exclusive)
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired U.S. distribution rights for the Cannes in-competition drama “Our Little Sister” (“Umimachi Diary”) directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, Variety has learned.

Sold by Wild Bunch, the Japanese family film is an adaptation of Akimi Yoshida’s popular serialized comic about four sisters living in the eponymous city. Cast is headlined by Masami Nagasawa, Haruka Ayase and Suzu Hirose. Kore-eda received a jury prize and an ecumenical prize at Cannes two years ago for “Like Father, Like Son,” and he was also in competition with “Nobody Knows” (2004) and “Distance” (2001). His 2009 film “Air Doll” premiered in Un Certain Regard.

“‘Our Little Sister’ is a perfect match for Sony Classics and we’re really grateful that Wild Bunch and Gaga have entrusted us with this special film,” said Sony Pictures Classics.

In a glowing Variety review, Maggie Lee wrote: “‘Our Little Sister’ is Kore-eda’s fourth film (after ‘Nobody Knows,
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Our Little Sister’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Our Little Sister’
Marking the subtle transitions in the lives of three sisters after they take under their wing a teenage half-sibling they never knew, “Our Little Sister” is so meticulously shot and gracefully orchestrated that it can be considered a worthy contempo successor to Kon Ichikawa’s masterpiece “The Makioka Sisters.” Yet, in attempting to evoke an overwhelmingly femme-centric universe for the first time, Hirokazu Kore-eda adopts an approach so serene that his protagonists’ pain as well as their personalities remain largely muffled as they drift soulfully through the seasons. While gently engaging throughout, the pic nonetheless doesn’t reverberate as deeply as the helmer’s 2013 Cannes jury prizewinner, “Like Father, Like Son,” but Kore-eda’s standing among the worldwide culturati will ensure a warm response at festivals and arthouse cinemas.

Our Little Sister” is Kore-eda’s fourth film (after “Nobody Knows,” “I Wish” and “Like Father, Like Son”) to center on abandoned children.
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Cannes Review: Hirokazu Kore-eda's 'Our Little Sister'

Even the gentlest caress too repetitively delivered can eventually cause abrasion. Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda's films, especially his recent string of honeyed, humanist explorations of childhoods, generational gaps and family dynamics, often have the feel of a hand on your shoulder, or a soft palm beneath your elbow, guiding you toward an ever-more-perfect sympathy with his finely wrought, desperately winning characters. And that sense of a careful human touch is one of many reasons to admire and enjoy the director's unshowy style. Certainly, his last films, the affecting, Cannes Jury Prize-winning "Like Father, Like Son," and the sublime and tiny "I Wish" both fit that pattern, in being tender investigations into familial bonds, both marked out by semi-miraculous child performances. But to say that "Our Little Sister" is a return to these themes is both praise and criticism: the lovely moments, the charming, held-in-check performances and the...
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Cannes Unveils 2015 Official Selection Lineup

Cannes Unveils 2015 Official Selection Lineup
Star-studded English-language dramas from Todd Haynes, Gus Van Sant, Denis Villeneuve, Justin Kurzel, Paolo Sorrentino and Matteo Garrone will vie for the Palme d’Or alongside new films by Valerie Donzelli, Jacques Audiard, Hou Hsiao-hsien and Jia Zhangke at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival, which unveiled its official selection lineup on Thursday.

While there are only two U.S. directors in competition — Haynes with “Carol,” a 1950s lesbian love story starring Cate Blanchett, and Van Sant with his suicide drama “The Sea of Trees,” pairing Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe — this year’s Palme race looks to feature more high-profile Hollywood talent than any in recent memory. Canada’s Villeneuve (“Prisoners,” “Enemy”) will bring his Mexican drug-cartel drama “Sicario,” with Emily Blunt, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin, while Australia’s Kurzel (“The Snowtown Murders”) secured a Palme berth for “Macbeth,” his Shakespeare adaptation toplining Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.
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Hirokazu Koreeda discusses Japanese films & Chinese / Korean Competition

Hirokazu Koreeda speaks about the International Film Industry. One of Japan’s most eminent contemporary directors has a new film coming out and bold opinions on Japanese cinema. Hirokazu Koreeda, the director of such films as After Life, I Wish and Like Father, Like Son, was at the Marrakech Film Festival in Morocco to lead [...]

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #55. Hirokazu Koreeda’s Kamakura Diary

Kamakura Diary

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda// Writer: Hirokazu Koreeda

Another Japanese auteur returning with another project is Hirokazu Koreeda, whose last film, 2013’s Like Father, Like Son won the Jury Prize at Cannes (and was optioned by Steven Spielberg for a Us remake). He’s back with an adaptation of Kamakura Diary by Akimi Yoshida, and stars several notable actors, including Riri Faranki (from Like Father, Like Son), Ryohei Suzuki (from Sono’s Tokyo Tribe and Kurosawa’s Seventh Code) and Masami Nagasawa (from Koreeda’s 2011 I Wish). Koreeda tends to prize the perspective of children (most notably with 2004’s Nobody Knows), and his latest concerns three sisters who live in their grandmother’s home, their existence disturbed at the arrival of their 13-year-old half sister.

Cast: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Suzu Hirose, Ryo Kase

Production Co.: Gaga, TV Man Union, Toho Company

U.S. Distributor: Rights available

Release Date: Already in post-production,
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