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Tokyo Film Review: ‘The Lowlife’

A convincing and well acted adaptation of the 2016 novel by Japanese Av star Mana Sakura, “The Lowlife” examines the daily lives of three women involved in the adult film business. Anchored firmly in the emotional struggles and family relationships of its fascinating characters, this gritty slice of documentary-like drama neither condemns nor condones the porn industry. Skillfully directed and co-written by Takahisa Zeze, a respected veteran of both Pinku (softcore) and mainstream movies, “The Lowlife” has the heart and honesty to become a commercial success. Its world premiere in competition at Tokyo should be just the first of many festival engagements.

By refusing to paint the porn biz in a negative light, the film — which bows locally on Nov. 25 — leaves itself open to criticism in some quarters. But as these stories unfold, it becomes clear that the film is not concerned with the rights and wrongs of pornography per se. Rather, it opts
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Trailer for the upcoming Live-Action Terraformars prequel

dTv, Japan’s biggest streaming service released a preview for “Terraformars:A New Hope” series, a three-episode prequel of Takashi Miike’s adaptation, that will premiere on April 24, with the actual film scheduled for April 29.

The prequel will center on the research institute responsible for screening candidates for the Mars mission. The candidates will cheat and betray each other in a mental battle to be chosen as part of the crew, and it will reveal why the 15 crew members in the film were the ones chosen.

Hideaki Ito, Emi Takei, Mariko Shinoda, Rina Ota, Rinko Kikuchi, and Masaya Kato are reprising their roles from the film. Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Kōji Matoba, Ken Aoki, Takahiro Kuroishi, Kento Hayashi, Tetsuya Sugaya, Takemi Fujii, and Saki Takaoka are playing other characters who are unique to the prequel.

Takashi Miike supervises the production, with Yoshitaka Yamaguchi directing. Yamaguchi has worked before with Miike as assistant
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Film Review: ‘A Courtesan With Flowered Skin’

The familiar tale of a prostitute who breaks her golden rule and falls in love is given polished treatment in the Japanese costume drama “A Courtesan With Flowered Skin.” A traditionally filmed adaptation of Ayako Miyagi’s 2006 novel, “Hanayoi dochu,” the pic boasts a compelling central perf by Yumi Adachi and is notable for remaining fully clothed apart from one harrowing sex scene and another of great beauty. A tale of desire and freedom that’s erotically charged but certainly not titillating, “Courtesan” is worth the attention of fest programmers and specialized smallscreen outlets. It opened locally on Nov. 8.

The setting is the 1860s, during the dying days of Japan’s insular Edo period. Introducing herself in voiceover narration as “a purebred prostitute of the Yoshiwara gutters,” Asagiri (Adachi) belongs to the oiran, a high-class category of entertainer and pleasure giver whose popularity declined with the rise of more affordable geishas in the 19th century.
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Sliff 2010 Review: The Harimaya Bridge

The Harimaya Bridge is an emotional drama that focuses on Daniel Holder (Ben Guillory), an American who travels to rural Japan to claim some important items belonging to his late son, Mickey Holder (Victor Grant), from whom he was estranged at the time of his death. While there, he learns several secrets his son left behind as an African-American artist living and teaching in Japan. The story takes place in Kochi Prefecture, a deeply rural part of Japan where traditional customs remain strong.

While still so angry by the thought that his own father died in a Japanese prisoner of war camp, Holder travels there to pickup Mickey’s paintings. He’s so blinded by this pent up anger that he plans to lay claim to his son’s artwork even though they were given as gifts to friends and a school. Daniel hesistanly meets his son.s Japanese wife,
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Trailer for Atsuro Watabe's beautiful Echo Of Silence

Actor Atsuro Watabe's directorial debut looks like a fragmented contemplation of loss, but not in the normal sense. Beautifully shot and filled with memories, there seems to be little dialogue and it's nothing short of stunning.

In a small town of Hokkaido, Yunni, Fusako Kurokawa (Saki Takaoka) lives quiet life with her Father. Life here is very simple, but it is good enough and she is happy enough. Days go on as usual. With some coincidence, she meets this man one day, Wataru Kadokura (Atsuro Watabe) a man who cannot speak. A very peaceful "time" now becomes part of her daily lives as this strong emotion suddenly takes place in her simple quiet life.

One day, Fusako falls from a horse at her work place, a stable. Luckily she suffered no severe injuries and goes back to her daily life. Beloved family and friends around her, as they have always been.
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