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Fantasia 2012: ‘Asura’ is messy in some areas, but packs a lot of realized potential

6 August 2012 2:13 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Directed by Keiichi Sato

Written by Ikuko Takahashi

Japan, 2012

Who has not heard or read about the story of the man or woman who thought it was a neat idea to own as a pet, not a dog, cat, or some fish, but rather some wild beast they believed they could somehow tame and, in the process, form an inseparable bond with? A tiger, a lion or any other range of intuitively ferocious animal belonging in its natural habitat, that is, the wildlife. The story ends with mention of how the so-called pet turned on its its master, causing dreadful injury or even death. What propels people to engage themselves in as risky an endeavour as taming something that belongs in the wild is anybody’s guess. In Asura, the latest Japanese animated film, this one based on a 40 year old manga book from George Akiyama, screenwriter Ikuko Takahashi »

- Edgar Chaput

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Asura (2012) Movie Trailer, Poster: Kei’ichi Sato, Megumi Hayashibara

8 July 2012 2:00 AM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »


Asura Trailer, Poster. Kei’ichi Sato‘s Asura (2012) movie trailer, movie poster stars Megumi Hayashibara, Yoshihiro Ike, Kinya Kitaohgi, and Masako Nozawa. Asura‘s plot synopsis: “Set in war torn mid-15th century Japan, a boy named Asura was born a beast. A young girl named Wakasa helps to tame Asura and help foster his human side. Asura grows up [...]

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- Rollo Tomasi

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Win Tickets to the 2012 New York Asian Film Festival

9 June 2012 12:26 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

Once again our good friends at the New York Asian Film Festival are showing their generosity to Dread Central readers. They've offered a pair of tickets each to screenings of Boxer's Omen or Asura during the fest. Read on for the details of how you can win!

The 2012 Nyaff runs June 29th-July 15th. Here are the dates/times of the screenings you can win tickets to - just click on the title to enter, and don't forget to include your name and contact info:

Boxer's Omen - Friday, June 29th at 12:00 Midnight at Walter Reade Theatre

(Hong Kong, 1983) There is nothing else in the world like this black magic martial arts movie that looks like the last 10 minutes of 2001: A Space Odyssey if you replaced the flashing colors and swirling stars with writhing maggots and bright green pus. And then you made your actors eat it.

Directed by: Kuei Chih-hung

Starring: Philip Ko, »

- The Woman In Black

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First Poster for Director Keiichi Sato’s Adaptation of George Akiyama’s Ashura

26 May 2012 11:36 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

If I had more free hours in a day, I would probably devote a lot of attention to some of these mangas I haven’t had the opportunity to read. The premise for George Akiyama’s “Ashura”, which was published from 1970 to 1971 in Weekly Shonen Magazine, certainly sounds intriguing, which has helped spur my interest in director Keiichi Sato’s “Asura”. Same story, except without the “H”. I’m sure that won’t make much of a difference. Right? I managed to track down this synopsis. Thanks, Asian Wiki: Set in war torn mid-15th century Japan, a boy named Asura was born a beast. A young girl named Wakasa helps to tame Asura and help foster his human side. Asura grows up to become a high preist and help guide lost souls to heaven. “Asura”, which features the voice talents of Masako Nozawa, Kinya Kitaoji, and Megumi Hayashibara, battles »

- Todd Rigney

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