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Fumi Nikaido in Screen Nyaff honour

2 June 2014 9:37 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Fumi Nikaido will receive the inaugural Screen International Rising Star Award at the 13th New York Asian Film Festival (Nyaff), set to run from June 27-July 14.

The festival will open with the international premiere of Alan Mak and Felix Chong’s crime thriller Overheard 3 and close with the North American premiere of Park Chan-kyong’s documentary Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits.

The previously announced North American premiere of Umin Boya’s period baseball epic Kano is the Centerpiece Presentation.

Taiwan’s Jimmy Wong Yu will collect the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award, while the Star Asia Award will go to Hong Kong’s Sandra Ng and South Korea’s Sol Kyung-gu.

The roster features a spotlight on local Hong Kong cinema called Hong Kong Forever!, a Sir Run Run Shaw Tribute and a focus on South Korean actor Lee Jung-jae.

Overall the Nyaff will present 60 features, among them Lou Ye’s Blind Massage, Kazuyoshi Kumakiri’s My Man »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Screen to honour Fumi Nikaido at Nyaff

2 June 2014 9:37 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Fumi Nikaido will receive the inaugural Screen International Rising Star Award at the 13th New York Asian Film Festival (Nyaff), set to run from June 27-July 14.

The festival will open with the international premiere of Alan Mak and Felix Chong’s crime thriller Overheard 3 and close with the North American premiere of Park Chan-kyong’s documentary Manshin: Ten Thousand Spirits.

The previously announced North American premiere of Umin Boya’s period baseball epic Kano is the Centerpiece Presentation.

Taiwan’s Jimmy Wong Yu will collect the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award, while the Star Asia Award will go to Hong Kong’s Sandra Ng and South Korea’s Sol Kyung-gu.

The roster features a spotlight on local Hong Kong cinema called Hong Kong Forever!, a Sir Run Run Shaw Tribute and a focus on South Korean actor Lee Jung-jae.

Overall the Nyaff will present 60 features, among them Lou Ye’s Blind Massage, Kazuaki Kumakiri »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Himizu | Review

14 March 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Suffer the Children: Sono’s Social Dystopia a Melancholy Landscape

It appears that 2014 will be a year that sees a flood of Sion Sono’s back catalogue finally hitting Us theaters. A pair of 2011 titles will be released concurrently from Olive films, the cap of his hate trilogy, Guilty of Romance, and the more substantially impressive, Himizu, a manga adaptation updated to reflect the devastation of post-tsunami Japan. The flood continues with the release of one of Sono’s most restrained films ever with The Land of Hope, which closely examines a family in a fictionalized district directly affected by nuclear radiation. While Hope plays sort of like an update of Shohei Imamura’s Black Rain (1988), it’s a far cry from the desperate rage imploding the societal core clearly on display here. And while, by Sono’s standards, it seems just conservative enough with its violence to convey a »

- Nicholas Bell

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Himizu’ – Even at his worst, Sono shows off his mad genius

11 March 2014 10:40 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Himizu

Directed by Shion Sono

Written by Shion Sono

2011, Japan

Acclaimed director Shion Sono may still be fresh off the debut of his Guilty Of Romance, which premiered at Cannes earlier this year, but only four months later, he is back again. This time around, Sono brings an adaption of Minoru Furuya’s psychological thriller manga Himizu, a twisted tale of a middle-school boy’s state of mind and how he deals with stressful situations. The good news is, Sono’s latest most resembles his four hour long countercultural romantic masterpiece, Love Exposure. The bad news is a good portion of the film’s running time is played at an almost unbearable high volume, with most of the cast shouting their dialogue. Needless to say, either bring some ear plugs or sit far away from the loudspeakers.

Originally conceived as a straightforward adaptation, Sono altered the script to include the »

- Ricky da Conceição

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