Watch Now: “toco toco” interviews with Noboru Iguchi & Yoshihiro Nishimura

toco toco is a YouTube-based program where Japanese artists and creators introduce places in Japan that inspire them. Every episode showcases a different guest, from all creative fields. With no scripts or guidance, the shows guests speak naturally and are free to choose any place they like. With a new episode released each 1st and 15th of the month, with subtitles in English & French, toco toco looks like The place to go to get a real insight into Japanese artists and creators…

Fyi: The title of the show, toco toco is described as the onomatopoeia to describe the sound of footsteps in Japanese, for the “walks we go on together with our guests,” according to the series creators.

Having already interviewed the likes of video game creators SUDA51 and Daisuke Ishiwatari (definitely check both of those out too), the two latest episodes feature two gore masters of Japanese cinema – and
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Ghost Squad: J-Splatter's Noboru Iguchi is Back in Full Form in New Trailer

J-Splatter aficionado Noboru Iguchi (Robogeisha, Dead Sushi, Mutant Girl Sqaud, Machine Girl) is back with his special brand of J-horror what the fuckery in a new film called Ghost Squad. As with any of his films, and let's face it all films of this horror sub-genre, the premise is going to be a simple one. In Ghost Squad a group of girls killed by evil boys and they come back from hell and fight as a Ghost Squad to get revenge! There you have it.  Iguchi has gone deep into the talent pool for this one, employing the talents of musical act Nomakes to be his lead girls. I have included a music video of theirs below, the most recent one after the group became...

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Cine-Sunday: ‘RoboGeisha’ Review

Stars: Yoshihiro Nishimura, Naoto Takenaka, Asami, Takumi Saito | Written and Directed by Noboru Iguchi

To help them achieve their goal of taking over the world, a megalomaniac Japanese businessman and his son recruit a vicious gang of Geisha assassins. These include two feisty sisters with an amazing range of surgically added weapons. But when one of these Robo-Geishas refuses to kill an innocent group of ex-employees, its butt-blades versus wig napalm and machine breasts against killer-cleaver socks as the assassins take on the Geisha’s in one of the most mind-bending movie battles of all time.

RoboGeisha is the latest in a long line of bizarre, Ott cult movies from Japan, a film whose trailer went down a storm when it debuted online back in the day. Available on DVD courtesy of Cine Asia, can it live up to the hype and the anticipation built by the rumoured craziness within?
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Nikkatsu takes Japanese punk inspired 'The Blue Hearts'

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Exclusive: Omnibus film was inspired by a Japanese punk band.

Japanese studio Nikkatsu has picked up international rights to omnibus film The Blue Hearts, comprising six short films inspired by the music of the iconic Japanese punk band of the same name.

The six directors contributing shorts include Takashi Shimizu (The Grudge), Ken Iizuka, Shinichi Kudo, Ten Shimoyama, Noboru Iguchi and Lee Sang-il. Cast includes Masatoshi Nagase (Mystery Train) who stars in Kudo’s segment, Frozen Expectation.

Active from 1985 to 1995, The Blue Hearts have been compared to Western bands such as the Sex Pistols and the Ramones. Some of their songs were covered in Nobuhiro Yamashita’s 2005 indie hit Linda Linda Linda.

An incomplete version of The Blue Hearts omnibus film was screened at this year’s Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival.

Nikkastu’s Cannes slate also includes Roman Porno Reboot, a series of five features from leading Japanese directors inspired by the Roman Porno genre, and Kazuya Shiraishi
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Horror Highlights: Predator Plush Collection, Tale Of Tales Clip, Help Support Yuya Ishikawa

These Predator Plushies from Kidrobot’s Predator Plush Phunny Collection don’t bleed and don’t have camouflaging abilities, but they are available now for purchase. Also in today’s Horror Highlights: a new clip from Tale of Tales starring Salma Hayek and a GoFundMe to help rebuild Yuya Ishikawa’s fire-damaged bar.

Kidrobot’s Predator Plush Phunny Collection: From Kidrobot: “The highly anticipated Predator Plush Phunny collection is now available for purchase from Kidrobot.

Masked Predator: Nothing like the earth has seen before. Kidrobot’s Masked Predator Phunny is looking to fill its lust…for hugs! Grab one today and let the hunt begin!

Angry Predator: Angry Predator sees you and your fear. Kidrobot’s unmasked Angry Predator Phunny strikes fear with open mandibles! It’s protective of his prize…your hugs. Get one today or you’ll be in a world of hurt!

Dutch: If it bleeds, we can kill it.
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Interview with Norman England

Norman England started his career in the show business as a guitar and keyboard player for the New York based band Proper iD. In 1993 he moved permanently to Japan, where he began working as a journalist. In 1998 he spent a week on the set of George A. Romero’s TV commercial for the video game Resident Evil 2 and in 1999 became the Japan correspondent for Fangoria, a U.S magazine dedicated to horror, splatter and exploitation movies. As a journalist he has worked for a variety of magazines such as Hobby Japan, Japanzine, Flix, Japanese Giants, theJapanese Times, Eiga Hiho, e.t.c.

Since 1999, he has visited over 35 film sets in Japan, including The Grudge, Gamera 3 and the entire Godzilla Millennium series, with an extended stay for Godzilla, Mothra and King Ghidorah, where he visited the set almost continuously from April to October of 2000.

With Asami and Rina Takeuchi

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Preview: Schedule of the Biggest Film Festivals This Fall

Preview: Schedule of the Biggest Film Festivals This Fall
Aug. 21-Sept. 1

Montreal World Festival

Celebrating its 38th year with a distinctly Gallic flavor, Mwff will open with “We Love You, You Bastard,” from French director — and longtime festival supporter — Claude Lelouch. Montreal closes with a tribute to another French legend, the late Alain Resnais and his last film, “Life of Riley.” But it’s not all France all the time. The fest is dedicated to the late Latin American literary icon, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and will be developing the new European Films Screening section, along with greater co-production ties with a large Chinese delegation of key industry players.

Aug. 29-Sept. 1

Telluride Film Festival

Telluride has always been an intimate, casual, carefully curated festival that doesn’t announce its sked until the day before it begins. The festival’s reputation — it has hosted several Oscar winners and nominees over the years — means that cinema lovers don’t mind going in blind.
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Sitges 2014 Expands with Zombeavers, The Babadook, Home, Goal of the Dead, Doc of the Dead, and More!

The Sitges Film Festival is typically a feast for horror fans, and this year's event looks to be no different as a big batch of new genre movies has been added to the lineup that's sure to make you drool.

From the Press Release:

The 47th Sitges Film Festival, to be held from 3 to 12 October, will be loaded with films that are all eagerly awaited by fantastic and, especially, horror genre film lovers. Festival Director Àngel Sala has announced the names of a good handful of new films that will be included in Sitges 2014.

These new Festival incorporations have been added to the lineup of an edition that will be opening with Jaume Balagueró’s [Rec] 4: Apocalypse, presenting its Grand Honorary Award to Roland Emmerich, and including presentations of the latest productions from important directors like Jean-Luc Godard, David Cronenberg, Kim-ki Duk, and Takashi Miike. See more details on those
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Our Guesses for Films to Play Fantastic Fest 2014

It’s that time of year again, Summer is coming to an end and before you know it, Austin’s Fantastic Fest 2014 will be here. This year is the 10th anniversary of the festival. However, as of now, many people are unsure if it will return to South Lamar where it has taken place every year with exception of 2013. The South Lamar location closed in the Winter of 2012 and the land has gone through redevelopment. We have word via Twitter that it will be at S. Lamar but we won’t know for sure until the announcement is made.

While we still are waiting on the official announcement of the opening night film and all the waves of programming, like every year, we wanted to get our predictions for what may play at the festival out of the way. There is really no way of picking every film that could play the festival.
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What Did You Watch This Weekend?

The Weekend Watch is an open thread where you can share what you’ve recently watched, offer suggestions on movies and TV shows we should check out (or warnings about stuff to avoid) and discover queue-filling goodies from other Fsr readers. The comments section awaits. I’ll get the ball rolling with the movies/TV my eyeballs took in this weekend. I’ve been in Montreal for the past several days attending the Fantasia Film Fest so my viewings have been limited mostly to festival titles. My ongoing coverage includes reviews of the latest from Japanese bad boy directors Takashi Miike and Noboru Iguchi, new films starring Samuel L. Jackson and Charlotte Gainsbourg, a Korean drama about a family of spies and probably the best horror comedy you’ll ever see about carnivorous undead beavers. As of this moment I’ve seen six other titles that I have yet to review. Zombie
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Fantasia Film Festival 2014: Thomas’s Most Anticipated Movies

Boyhood, Schmoyhood. While some of my more distinguished film nerd compatriots may be waiting with rapt attention for Fantasia’s more ‘conventional’ offerings, my attention is fixed on the more unconventional fare: the anime, the kung fu, the movies that avoid classification all together. Fantasia isn’t Fantasia unless you’re watching something you almost certainly couldn’t see at most other festivals, and this year’s installment looks to have that in spades. Here some of my top picks from Fantasia 2014′s stellar line-up.

The Demon of the Lute

Directed by Lung Yat Sing

Hong Kong, 1983

As I learned during 2012′s screening of the Shaw Brothers classic Fist of the White Lotus, very few things in this world rock quite as hard as classic kung fu movies in glorious 35mm on a big screen. Digital projection may be well and good, but as old-school movie buffs know, the feeling of watching an aged,
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Fantasia unveils full line-up

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Fantasia unveils full line-up
Montreal-based genre festival to screen over 160 films at its 18th edition, which runs July 17-Aug 6.

Fantasia International Film Festival has unveiled the full line-up for its 18th edition, which takes place in Montreal from July 17-Aug 6.

Along with those previously announced in the first two waves, this year’s festival will also host the world premieres of Gun Ho Jang’s Heavenly Sword, Simon Boisvert’s Bold & Brash: Filmmaking Boisvert Style, Nick Szostakiwskyj’s Black Mountain Side, Maude Michaud’s Dys-, Chad Archibald & Matt Wiele’s Ejecta and LeRoy McCoy’s McCoy the Space Cowboy.

As previously announced, Jacky in the Kingdom of Women and Welcome to New York bookend this year’s festival.


Jonas Alexander Amby’s Cannes title When Animals Dream will receive its North American premiere as part of the festival’s Camera Lucida strand, which will also screen the likes of Josephine Decker’s Thou Wast Mild and Lovely and the North
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Fantasia Film Fest announces full line-up

Following previous announcements of their film lineup, the Fantasia International Film Festival has released their full lineup of movies to be shown at the 18th Annual festival, starting July 17.

New additions to the lineup include 2014 Cannes Selection When Animals Dream, directed by Jonas Alexander Amby and the return of Fantasia’s showcase of animated films, Axis.

Tickets for the festival go on sale starting July 16, and the festival runs through August 5.

View the whole press release of additional announcements below:

Fantasia Celebrates Its 18th Birthday

With Over 160 Feature Films Montreal, Thursday July 10, 2014 – 2014 is the year that Fantasia turns 18. We can’t believe it either. Fantasia’s 18th birthday means over 160 features and something in the neighborhood of 300 shorts, many being shown for the first time on this continent, a good number screening here for the first time anywhere in the world.In addition to being stacked with a multitude of breathtaking debut filmmaker discoveries,
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Second Wave of Fantasia International Film Festival Films Announced, Including Abel Ferrara’s Welcome To New York!

The Montreal-based Fantasia International Film Festival is gearing up to run again this year from July 17th-August 5th, and having already boasted a very impressive first wave of films (including a special presentation of James Gunn’s Guardians Of The Galaxy), the second wave of films has now been announced, making the festival sounds like an even more impressive place to be next month. We’ve combined the two announcements into one, just to give you fright fiends a glimpse at the awesome list of titles coming to festival goers next month.

First Wave:

Opening Film: Jacky In The Kingdom Of Women (Jacky Au Royaume Des Filles)

Fantasia 2014 will launch with the Canadian premiere of Jacky In The Kingdom Of Women (Jacky au royaume des filles), a sharp political satire from comic book genius Riad Sattouf (Les Beaux Gosses) that took the Rotterdam Film Festival by storm.

Set in
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Fantasia 2014 Announces First Wave of Programming

The 18th annual Fantasia International Film Festival will be taking place once again in Montreal and the first wave of programming has been announced, revealing an eclectic mix of genre films from around the world:

“Montreal, June 19, 2014 – The 18th annual Fantasia International Film Festival is gearing up to take Montreal by storm with three weeks of inspiration and excitement starting July 17 until August 5, 2014. Our full 2014 lineup of programming and special events will be revealed shortly, but in the meantime, here’s an early First Wave Announcement of several selected highlights and info to whet your appetite.

Unveiling Our 2014 Poster Art: Fantasia Pays Tribute To Three Legendary Figures Of The Fantastic

On May 7 of last year, Ray Harryhausen, filmmaker and stop-motion special effects pioneer, passed away at the age of 92. Mr. Harryhausen created some of the most beloved and innovative fantastic film imagery of all time in such classics as The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad
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Fantasia 2014: New Artwork; First Wave Titles Include Among the Living, Monsterz, Predestination, Cybernatural, The Harvest, Suburban Gothic, Killers, and More!

The grandaddy of all film fests, Fantasia 2014, is set to kick off on July 17th, and we have this year's artwork to share along with the first wave of event and film announcements.

From the Press Release:

The 18th annual Fantasia International Film Festival is gearing up to take Montreal by storm with three weeks of inspiration and excitement starting July 17 until August 5, 2014. Our full 2014 lineup of programming and special events will be revealed shortly, but in the meantime here’s an early First Wave Announcement of several selected highlights and info to whet your appetite.

For this year’s edition and onwards, Fantasia will be returning to the freshly renovated Concordia Hall Cinema as its main base, which now features an even larger screen, new seating, and upgraded projection and sound.

Unveiling Our 2014 Poster Art: Fantasia Pays Tribute To Three Legendary Figures Of The Fantastic

On May 7 of last year,
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Fantasia unveils first titles

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Fantasia unveils first titles
Genre festival to open with Jacky in the Kingdom of Women [pictured]; other titles include Guardians of the Galaxy, Boyhood, The Harvest and Suburban Gothic.

Riad Sattouf’s Jacky in the Kingdom of Women will receive its Canadian premiere as the opening film of this year’s Fantasia International Film Festival.

The Montreal-based genre festival runs July 17-Aug 5 and has also announced it will hold a special screening of Guardians of the Galaxy.

Other first wave announcements include six world premieres: Leo Gabriadze’s Cybernatural; Jean Luc Herbulot’s Dealer; Aik Karapetian’s The Man in the Orange Jacket; Sarah Adina Smith’s The Midnight Swim; Dan Bush’s The Reconstruction of William Zero; and Richard Bates Jr’s Suburban Gothic.

Fantasia has also announced six international premieres, including John McNaughton’s The Harvest and Park Jae-hyun’s The Huntresses, and ten Canadian premieres such as The Mo BrothersKillers and Mike Cahill’s I Origins.

Richard Linklater’s critically
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Fantasia Film Festival Announces An Astonishing First Wave of 2014 Programming

It is that time of the year again in which we start preparing for our favourite film festival in the world. For the unfamiliar, Sound On Sight has delivered some of the best coverage of the Fantasia Film Festival since we first launched back in 2008. In the past we’ve published up to 55 reviews, dozens of features and recorded six podcasts dedicated entirely to the three and a half week long event. So be sure to come visit us again and again throughout the months of July and August, as we will surely be all over the 2014 edition. The 18th annual Fantasia International Film Festival is taking Montreal by storm, starting July 17 until August 5, 2014. They’ve just released their new poster and along with the first wave of films, and as expected, Fantasia’s programmers aren’t disappointing. Here’s the press release. Enjoy!


Montreal, June 19, 2014 – The 18th annual Fantasia
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Watch the Twisted Trailer for Noboru Iguchi's 'Nuigulumar Z' aka 'Gothic Lolita Battle Bear'

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Watch the Twisted Trailer for Noboru Iguchi's 'Nuigulumar Z' aka 'Gothic Lolita Battle Bear'
If there's anything you can confidently state about director Noboru Iguchi (Machine Girl, Dead Sushi), it's that virtually nothing is off-limits to his imagination. That tradition of nonstop anything-goes insanity continues in his latest epic Nuigulumar Z, also known as Gothic Lolita Battle Bear.     Based on the book by pop singer Kenji Ohtsuki, the film stars prolific anime voice actor Shôko Nakagawa as Dameko, a Gothic Lolita cosplay enthusiast with an anime-inspired superpower: she can merge bodies with her talking (and farting) teddy bear Buusuke to form a super-cute but totally lethal pink fur-trimmed warrior. The film finds our heroine clashing with alien supervillain Takeshi, his murderous sidekick Kill Billy, and over a hundred zombies.     After a well-received screening at the Stockholm Film Festival last Fall, Nuigulumar Z is headed for worldwide distribution later this year. Check out the adorably brutal trailer below!  

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Behold! Full trailer for Gothic Lolita Battle Bear Z

After what seemed an eternity, the full trailer for Noboru Iguchi’s (‘Robo Geisha,’ ‘Dead Sushi,’ ‘Zombie Ass’) has arrived. Worth the wait? That’s a big hell yes, a Zombie apocalypse has never looked so... chintzy? Right down to the fluffy white Nunchucks. Iguchi’s done it again. Check out the fun on the newly revamped official site. Battle Bear official site
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