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Locarno in L.A. Review: ‘Destruction Babies’ Subverts the Action Genre

If Sion Sono directed the “Pick a fight with a stranger” sequence from Fight Club without any fantastical flourish, it’d come out something like Destruction Babies. That one sentence might be enough to turn certain people off ever watching this film – and fair enough, since there’s a minimal chance they’d even remotely like it. Hell, even if that description intrigues you, this movie might still not be for you. It is willfully, aggressively unpleasant, a domino string of violent scenes that are deliberately anti-entertaining.

Think about the usual mechanics of cinematic fight scenes, and Destruction Babies does the opposite. The camera spectates from a cold, steady remove. There’s zero feeling of choreography, as combatants flail about messily, missing their punches and kicks as often as they hit. There are few fancy moves – men dance around one another until one of them pins the other and then proceeds to pummel him mercilessly,
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“Ushijima: The Loan Shark 2” continues where its predecessor left off

The coolest loan shark of all times returns, but this time he has to face even more struggle than before.

As with the previous film, the story revolves around a number of characters. Rei Kanzaki is male host at a club, where each person’s rank is measured according to the number and price of bottles their clients order. Rei has the ambition to be number 1, and is willing to go to extremes to succeed. Ayaka, a teenager who is desperately in love with him decides to help him, and is willing to go to even further extremes just to do that. Koji Aizawa is a father whose wife is constantly nagging him to get money, and also the leader of a gang comprised from underage kids dressed in military-style jackets. When Takada, a lowlife, and his friends steal his bike and destroy it, in a series of events that
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‘Destruction Babies’ Review

Stars: Yuya Yagira, Nijoro Murakami, Masaki Suda, Nana Komatsu | Written by Tetsuya Mariko, Kôhei Kiyasu | Directed by Tetsuya Marko

When you watch a film you often look for some meaning behind the images you are seeing. Whether it be horror, action, love, or any other genre there is an aim to the story. This is what makes Tetsuya Marko’s Destruction Babies (Disutorakushon beibîzu) so hard to pin down, because it doesn’t care about the rules, it just wants to cause chaos!

The film starts with Taira (Yuya Yagira) deciding to leave town before a coming of age festival. Nobody seems to care but for his younger brother Shota (Nijoro Murakami) who witnesses Taira being attacked by a group of young thugs. Wandering to a nearby city, he starts fighting with anybody in his path, which catches the interest of Yuya Kitahara (Masaki Suda) who soon joins Taira in his need for destruction.
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90th Kinema Junpo Awards

The award ceremony for the oldest Japanese cinema competition took place on February 5 at the Bunkyo Civic Center, and the list of winners is:

Best Actor: Yuya Yagira (Destruction Babies)

Best Actress: Rie Miyazawa (Her Love Boils Bath Water)

Best Supporting Actor: Pistol Takehara (The Long Excuse)

Best Supporting Actress: Hana Sugisaki (Her Love Boils Bath Water)

Best Director: Sunao Katabuchi (In This Corner of the World)

Best Director (Foreign): Clint Eastwood (Sully)

Best Screenplay: Hideaki Anno (Shin Godzilla)

Best New Actor: Nijiro Murakami (Destruction Babies, Natsumi no Hotaru)

Best New Actress: Nana Komatsu (Oboreru Knife, Destruction Babies)

Best Ten Japanese Feature Films

In This Corner of the World (Sunao Katabuchi)

Shin Godzilla (Shinji Higuchi/Hideaki Anno)

Harmonium (Koji Fukada)

Destruction Babies (Mariko Tetsuya)

Long Excuse (Miwa Nishikawa)

The Bride of Rip Van Winkle (Shunji Iwai)

Her Love Boils Bath Water (Ryota Nakano)

Creepy (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)

Over the Fence
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Tetsuya Mariko’s “Destruction Babies” gives a whole new meaning to street fighting

Winner of the Best New Director prize at the Locarno Film Festival, and one of the greatest recent Japanese films, alongside “Hime-Anole“, “Destruction Babies” is a combination of Miike’s “Izo”, Tsukamoto’s “Tokyo Fist” and Toyoda’s “Pornostar“.

The film starts in Mitsuhama, a small port in the west of Ehime prefecture where two brothers are living, abandoned by their parents. The younger is named Shota and seems like a regular high-school boy, and the second is Taira, a delinquent who is introduced through a fight with the local gang, he against half a dozen that is. Almost immediately after the fight, and a little before the mikoshi (portable shrine) festival, Taira leaves and embarks on a trip of blind violence through the streets of the city, where he picks fights with anyone that comes across his way, including the members of the local gang who run a hostess club.
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Tiffcom: ‘Gintama’ Pulls in Buyers at TV Tokyo

Tokyo — A live-action film based on the hit “Gintama” comic and TV animation series has been drawing buyers to the TV Tokyo booth at Tiffcom.

“I’ve been talking so much I’m losing my voice,” said one TV Tokyo international sales rep, Thursday, during Tiffcom, the Tokyo Film Festival’s rights market.

Serialized since 2003, Hideaki Sorachi’s “Gintama” comic about a samurai in a feudal-era Japan that has been conquered by space aliens spawned a TV Tokyo series that has run, with pauses, since 2006. It has also give rise to films, games and other media iterations. Meanwhile the comic has sold more than 50 million copies in paperback editions.

Buyers from Asia “have been particularly attracted by the cast,” said the company. Pop-star-turned actor Shun Oguri plays the hero, Gintoku Sakata, with supporting roles going to such locally well-known names as Masaki Suda, Masami Nagasawa, Masaki Okada, Yuya Yagira, Nanao,
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Gintama Manga Live Action Film Reveals Additional Main Cast

Hideaki Sorachi’s popular manga “Gintama” began filming the live-action adaptation last July 2016. Shun Oguri plays the lead character, a highly skilled samurai named Gintoki Sakata. Acclaimed playwright Yūichi Fukuda is directing and writing the screenplay. The upcoming movie has many fans excited. Most of all, many are wondering who the additional main cast will be.

The “Gintama” Cast

Thursday’s announcement of who will play who in the sci-fi movie put an end to the guessing game. Eight new cast members joins Shun Oguri in the parallel world of Edo period Japan.

Shun Oguri – Gintoki Sakata, the leader of the Yorozuya Gin-Chan. Masaki Suda – Shinpachi Shimura, a member of the Yorozuya. Kanna Hashimoto – Kagura, another member of the Yorozuya. Masami Nagasawa – Tae Shimura, the sister of Shinpachi. Masaki Okada – Kotaro Katsura, Sakata’s sworn friend Tsuyoshi Muro – Gengai Hiraga, the owner of Karakuri-dō Yuuya Yagira – Toshiro Hijikata, member of
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Busan Film Review: ‘Again’

Japanese tyro helmer Junichi Kanai explores the gray areas of date rape with empathy and insight in “Again,” centered around an adolescent victim whose complex reactions encompass more than pain, anger and desire for justice or revenge. Tightly directed and played by an emotionally attuned cast, the film not only provides a credible class-based framework for its characters’ motives, but also achieves a full coming-of-age portrait, capturing the confusion of first love as well as a fraught mother-daughter dynamic. The pic has a good shot at festivals, though its TV-style production values and conventional, expositional style will limit its release potential to home formats.

Following her father’s death in a car accident, high schooler Hatsumi (Aoi Yoshikura) moves to a new neighborhood, where she throws herself into track-and-field training. With the friendship of amiable classmate Mari (Yuko Araki), she seems to be making a fresh start. However, tensions simmer between Hatsumi and her mother,
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Venice Film Review: ‘Unforgiven’

Venice Film Review: ‘Unforgiven’
Adapting Clint Eastwood’s “Unforgiven” to 19th-century Japan proves remarkably apt in Lee Sang-il’s version of David Webb Peoples’ celebrated script, though the original’s undercurrent of wrenching emotion here becomes more of a surface trickle. Nevertheless, Lee (“Villain,” “Hula Girls”) presents an impressive vista that’s loyal to the source material, with the inspired inclusion of an indigenous leitmotif courtesy of Hokkaido’s aboriginal Ainu people. Stunningly shot and never less than entertaining, this new “Unforgiven” will find receptive auds at fests and could see a small, targeted international rollout; local B.O. should be strong.

Just as Akira Kurosawa chose the perfect correlates when shifting horse operas to a Japanese setting, so Lee was inspired in selecting the early Meiji period for his “Unforgiven.” It’s 1869, and imperial troops hotly pursue renegade samurai, loyal to the Shogun system, who have fled to the northern island of Hokkaido.
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Now With Subtitles: Tiff Trailers For Ken Watanabe-Starring 'Unforgiven' Remake & Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘The Wind Rises’

Over the past month or so, we've seen some intriguing trailers land online for the Japanese language remake of "Unforgiven" and Hayao Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises," but without the benefit of English subtitles. But with both movies now headed to Tiff, they have been refreshed with English subtitles to give you a better sense of how both of them play out. First up, Ken Watanabe leads the Clint Eastwood do-over, with the story of a bounty hunter on one last gig relocated to 1880s Japan. Koichi Sato and Akira Emoto take on the roles originated by Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman, respectively, with Jun Kunimura, Yuya Yagira and Shiori Kutsuna rounding out the Lee Sang-il-directed film. Here's the official synopsis: Ken Watanabe (Inception) stars in director Lee Sang-il’s visionary remake of Clint Eastwood’s iconic Academy Award winner. Continuing a rich tradition of cross-cultural adaptations, Lee swaps six-shooters for.
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Hot New Trailer: Japanese "Unforgiven" Remake

"Unforgiven," the 1992 Oscar-winning film by Clint Eastwood is getting a Japanese counterpart! This one is called "Yurusarezaru Mono" which means "A Thing That Can.t Be Forgiven" and stars Ken Watanabe ("The Last Samurai," "Memoirs of a Geisha," "Batman Begins") in the Eastwood role. Lee Sang-Il wrote and directed the samurai re-imagination of the western classic. The film is set to open in Japan on Sept. 13 and has been submitted to the Venice Film Festival according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Check out the trailer and see its heartfelt homage to the 1992 American original.

Here's more info on "Yurusarezaru Mono" from Wiki:

The story is set in Hokkaido around 1880, the start of the Meiji period following the collapse of the Edo shogunate, at a time when the Japanese government is attempting to open the land (then named Ezo) populated by the indigenous Ainu people.

In the shogunate's waning days, Jubei Kamata
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Watch Newest Trailer For Japan’s Unforgiven Remake, Yurusarezaru mono

Japan and America have had an interesting cinematic exchange going on ever since the 1950s. Akira Kurosawa’s samurai films – themselves informed by the aesthetics of westerns – were in turn transformed into American westerns. More recently, directors like Quentin Tarantino have helped produce Japanese films that mimic American westerns (check out the crazy Sukiyaki Western Django, if you don’t believe me). That exchange now continues with the Japanese remake of Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven, now titled Yurusarezaru mono and starring Ken Watanabe.

We already had a teaser for the film awhile back; now we have the full Japanese language trailer. Watanabe plays the lone gunman, now living a peaceful life at home, who takes on bounty hunting work. The film is written and directed by Sang-il Lee, based on David Webb’s original Unforgiven script. It also stars Akira Emoto, Jun Kunimura, Yuya Yagira, Eiko Koike, Shiori Kutsuna and Koichi Sato.
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Unforgiven (2013) Movie Trailer: Ken Watanabe in Eastwood Remake Film

Unforgiven Trailer, Poster. Sang-il Lee‘s Unforgiven / Yurusarezaru mono (2013) movie trailer, movie poster stars Ken Watanabe, Jun Kunimura, Yûya Yagira, Akira Emoto, and Kôichi Satô. Unforgiven‘s plot synopsis: “The action is now set in late 1800′s Hokkaido with the lead actor Ken Watanabe playing a long retired samurai drawn back into action by [...]

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Full Trailer for the Japanese Unforgiven Remake Rides Online

Am I crazy or do we have a couple of remakes looming on the horizon that don’t look absolutely terrible? Hot on the heels of “Oldboy” remake trailer comes the first full clip for Sang-il Lee’s take on the gritty Clint Eastwood western “Unforgiven.” Judging from the trailer embedded below, this reimagining doesn’t look half bad. Ken Watanabe stars as a samurai who decides to hang up his sword in order to enjoy the remaining years of his life. However, he is soon called out of retirement to perform one final job. Koichi Sato has been tapped to portray Gene Hackman’s character while Akira Emoto will tackle Morgan Freeman’s role. Jun Kunimura, Yuya Yagira, and Shiori Kutsuna also star in the upcoming remake. As a fan of Clint Eastwood’s “Unforgiven,” I was a little anxious about Sang-il Lee’s version of the story. While
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Unforgiven Japanese Remake Trailer

The first trailer has arrived for director Sang-il Lee's Unforgiven, based on Clint Eastwood's 1992 Academy Award-winning best picture of the same name. Ken Watanabe stars in this Japanese Western remake, with the action now set in late 1800&#8242s Hokkaido. A long retired samurai is drawn back into action by the combination of poverty and a large bounty, at a time when Japan largely abandons the old ways to adopt a more modern stance. Check out this first look, along with a poster and a photo.

Unforgiven comes to theaters in 2014 and stars Ken Watanabe, Jun Kunimura, Yûya Yagira, Shiori Kutsuna, Kôichi Satô, Akira Emoto, Eiko Koike, Ken'ichi Takitô. The film is directed by Sang-il Lee.
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Watch the First Trailer for the Japanese Remake of Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven Starring Ken Watanabe

The first full-length trailer for the official Japanese remake of Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven was just released, receiving lots of positive buzz. Starring the exceptional Ken Watanabe (Inception) as Eastwood’s character, the trailer looks as if it captures the tone of the original in a beautiful Japanese landscape. I was a big fan of Eastwood’s Unforgiven, because it was a gritty, violent film in which the actor effectively deconstructed the stylized superficiality present in much of his earlier Western filmography. The tone was essentially one of guilt for having misled audiences by confusing violence with heroism. This new trailer seems to show the same emotion and grit, and all with gorgeous cinematography. Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film stars Koichi Sato as Gene Hackman’s character and Akira Emoto as Morgan Freeman’s character. The cast ensemble also includes Jun Kunimura, Yuya Yagira and Shiori Kutsuna.
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Trailer & Poster for the Japanese Remake of Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven Starring Ken Watanabe

Unforgiven, written by David Webb Peoples and also starring Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, and Richard Harris, tells the story of aging outlaw and killer William Munny (Eastwood) who comes out of retirement for one more job. The film won four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director. In the new film, produced by Warner Bros Japan, the action is now set in late 1800′s Hokkaido with the lead actor Ken Watanabe playing a long retired samurai drawn back into action by the combination of poverty and a large bounty, at a time when Japan largely abandons the old ways to adopt a more modern stance. It also stars Koichi Sato (as Hackman’s character) and Akira Emoto (as Freeman’s character), Jun Kunimura, Yuya Yagira and Shiori Kutsuna. Titled Yurusarezaru mono ("Unforgiven"), the...
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First Teaser Trailer for Ken Watanabe’s Remake of Unforgiven

Here’s your first look at a teaser trailer for for “Villain” director Sang-il Lee’s “Unforgiven”, his remake of the Clint Eastwood Western of the same name starring Ken Watanabe as a retired Samurai called back into service to avenge some wronged prostitutes. The teaser is short and entirely in Japanese, but if you’ve seen the Eastwood original, I think you can easily figure out who is who and what’s happening (or about to happen). I can pick out the old dude playing the Morgan Freeman role, but I’m not sure who is playing “The ‘Schofield Kid’” in this one… Set in 1880 Japan, “Unforgiven” follows a samurai with a violent past (Watanabe), who lives on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido with his aboriginal wife, but is brought out of retirement for one last job… Also starring Jun Kunimura, Kôichi Satô, Yûya Yagira, Akira Emoto, and Shioli Kutsuna.
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Trailer for 'Unforgiven', a Reimagining of the Eastwood Original as a Samurai Film Starring Ken Watanabe

Kevin covered this back when it was announced only three short months ago and now a brief teaser trailer for Yurusarezaru mono (A Thing That Can't Be Forgiven), a remake of Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven starring Ken Watanabe (Inception) has arrived. The film, an adaptation of David Webb Peoples' script, was written and is currently in the process of being directed by Sang-il Lee and reimagines Unforgiven as a samurai feature set in 1880. I haven't seen an official synopsis to suggest exactly how this remake will play out, but the original found Eastwood and Morgan Freeman playing a pair of outlaws who venture out one last time to collect a bounty offered by a group of prostitutes looking for justice due to violence against one of their own. Along with Watanabe, Yurusarezaru mono co-stars Akira Emoto, Jun Kunimura, Yuya Yagira, Eiko Koike, Shiori Kutsuna and Koichi Sato and is
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Kie Kitano to star in “Bakushin”

Today it was announced that Kie Kitano will be starring in Bakushin (ground zero), a film adaptation of a novel by Akutagawa Prize winner and Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum curator Yuichi Seirai.

Kitano, who discussed the project at a press event in Tokyo, revealed that this is her first time playing a character who confronts death and she felt like she was carrying the weight of many people’s emotions with the role.

Also in attendance at the press conference were director Taro Hyugaji and cast members Izumi Inamori, Renji Ishibashi, Junko Miyashita, and Chizuru Ikewaki. Additionally, it was learned that actor Yuya Yagira plays a boy named Yuichi who falls for Kitano’s character.

In the original novel, various short stories are told about every day lives of individuals living in the areas surrounding the center of the atomic blast that hit Nagasaki on August 9, 1945.

In the film version,
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