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First Live-Action 'Lupin III' Trailer

First Live-Action 'Lupin III' Trailer
The first trailer for the live-action adaptation of Lupin III has arrived. Shun Oguri stars as Ars&#232ne Lupin III, the world's greatest thief. Watch as Interpol Inspector Zenigata (Tadanobu Asano) begins his worldwide hunt for this infamous anti-hero from the iconic Japanese Manga. No U.S. release date has been announced just yet. It makes its debut in Japan on August 30.

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Lupin III comes to theaters in 2014 and stars Tadanobu Asano, Nick Tate, Meisa Kuroki, Jerry Yan, Shun Oguri, David Asavanond, Nirut Sirichanya, Geoffrey Giuliano. The film is directed by Ryûhei Kitamura.
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Live-Action Lupin III Begins Filming

As previously reported, Shun Oguri will play the lead role of Lupin. However, we have some casting changes. Tetsuji Tamayama (Casshern) will play the pistol- wielding Daisuke Jigen, while Gou Ayano (Rurouni Kenshin) is now playing the skilled swordsman Goemon Ishikawa. Thor: The Dark World's Hogun the Grim, actor Tadanobu Asano is playing Detective Kōichi Zenigata. At the time of our reporting last June, a number of actress were said to be vying for the role of Fujiko Mine but none of those names on the list secured the role. Instead, the seductive temptress will be played by Meisa Kuroki (Crow Zero II). Ryūhei Kitamura (Godzilla: Final Wars) is directing from a script written by Mataichirō Yamamoto (Crows Zero). Jerry Yan (Meteor Garden) is playing an original character named Michael Lee, an adversarial rival of Lupin's. Also starring are
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Space Battleship Yamato DVD Review

Director: Takashi Yamazaki

Starring: Takuya Kimura, Meisa Kuroki, Toshiro Yanagiba, Naoto Ogata, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Shin’ichi Tsutsumi, Maiko, Reiko Takashima,

Running Time: 137 minutes

Certificate: 15

Toho have given us many great adventures from the past, so who could blame them for shelling out for the Japans most expensive film of all time, Space Battleship Yamato. Now as we know, a big budget doesn’t immediately equal a great film, but when it comes to world cinema you can generally deduce that that budget will be spread and stretched to its full extent. In terms of visuals Space Battleship Yamato doesn’t disappoint, it manages to stand up against even Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, as well as keeping an unpolished look that has proved so endearing when considering the Godzilla and Ultraman franchises.

Space Battleship Yamato will be familiar to anyone who followed the original anime, or to anyone who follows sci-fi in general.
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DVD Review: Crows Zero II

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Crows Zero II

Stars: Shun Oguri, Kyôsuke Yabe, Meisa Kuroki, Nobuaki Kaneko, Haruma Miura, Sôsuke Takaoka, Takayuki Yamada | Written by Shôgo Mutô | Directed by Takashi Miike

When I first saw Crows Zero (review here) it quickly became one of my favourite Takashi Miike films. First introduced to his work through Audition then Ichi the Killer I was used to his harsh and extreme horror side, but the more of I see the more he impresses me. Be it with 13 Assassins or the Crows Zero films I’ve been able to see that he can enact ambitious fight scenes that are full to the brim with gore and his own impressive style, although Crows Zero to be fair does not use gore, it seems probably his tamest work and to be aimed at a more teen audience.

Following on straight after the events of the first film it’s not long
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DVD Review: Crows Zero

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Crows Zero

Stars: Shun Oguri, Kyôsuke Yabe, Meisa Kuroki, Takayuki Yamada, Sansei Shiomi, Ken’ichi Endô, Gorô Kishitani | Written by Shôgo Mutô | Directed by Takashi Miike

Crows Zero can be taken in two ways really, it’s either a tale about school kids kicking the holy hell out of each other or it’s a story about coming of age. It’s a tale of boys who are becoming adults and are finding themselves in the world of violence, gangs and the Yakuza. To survive Suzuran Senior High School is one thing, but to survive on top is impossible.

Suzuran, a school also known as the School of Crows is a building controlled by factions of school kids in the middle of all out gang warfare. The teachers have apparently given up on trying teaching the kids, or we don’t see them in class at least, all we see is fighting and violence.
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Space Battleship Yamato: DVD Review

Director: Takashi Yamazaki. Review: Adam Wing. Based on the 1974 anime TV series, Space Battleship Yamato is a live action film adaptation directed by Takashi Yamazaki. In the distant future, the depleted forces of humanity lose a major battle to alien invaders the Gamilas, retreating back to a radiation-soaked, nigh-uninhabitable Earth. Man has one last shot at redemption, a toxin-killing device supposedly sent by a benevolent species, located on the distant planet of Iscandar. Earth’s only hope is the giant star-cruising battleship Yamato, armed with a wave motion cannon capable of mass destruction. The Yamato is launched with an overly familiar ragtag crew of personnel, including angst-ridden hotshot Susumu Kodai (Takuya Kimura), Captain Birdseye Okita (Tsutomu Yamazaki), and super hot fighter pilot Yuki (Meisa Kuroki). The Yamato must race against time and across treacherous space to find the mysterious device and defeat the insidious Gamilas.
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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Thirteen

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Opens: April 1st 2011

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright

Director: Duncan Jones

Summary: A decorated soldier discovers he's part of a mission to find the bomber of a Chicago commuter train. The experiment is a program that enables him to re-live another man's identity in the last eight minutes of his life which he must do repeatedly to find the truth.

Analysis: Two years ago British filmmaker Duncan Jones delivered his indie debut feature "Moon", a little seen but critically acclaimed sci-fi tale that was essentially Sam Rockwell acting alone or against himself. It was fresh, innovative, somber and overall heralded the arrival of a director to watch out for. After failing to secure funding for his next project, Jones quickly hopped onto the helm of this high-concept action/time travel blockbuster.

Naturally came the calls of Jones being a sell out, after all the
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Trailer for "Andalucia: Megami no Houfuku"

The official website for Hiroshi Nishitani’s Andalucia has been updated with a new trailer and second teaser.

In this sequel to the blockbuster 2009 film Amalfi: Rewards of the Goddess and its follow-up Fuji TV drama “Diplomat Kuroda Kousaku” (Jan-March 2011), Kuroda (Yuji Oda) gets sent to Spain after a Japanese investor is murdered. While there he meets an Interpol agent (Hideaki Ito) who is investigating the case but is also very hesitant to share any information with Kuroda. Although the two men don’t trust each other, they must do whatever it takes to protect the sole witness to the murder, an elite banker (Meisa Kuroki) who’s being targeted by the people responsible.

Toho will be releasing the film in Japan on June 25, 2011.

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Meisa Kuroki to co-star in “Andalucia”

22-year-old actress Meisa Kuroki has been cast in another major film role. She’ll be playing the heroine in Andalucia: Megami no Houfuku, the sequel to the blockbuster 2009 film Amalfi: Rewards of the Goddess and its follow-up Fuji TV drama “Diplomat Kuroda Kousaku” (Jan-March 2011).

Between her burgeoning music career, film roles, and television appearances, Kuroki has been highly visible of late. Most notably, she co-starred with Takuya Kimura in the much-hyped live-action film adaptation of “Space Battleship Yamato” and was recently cast as the female lead opposite Shingo Katori in the Fuji TV drama “Shiawase ni Narou Yo”.

In “Andalucia”, diplomat Kosaku Kuroda (Yuji Oda) gets sent to Spain after a Japanese investor is murdered. While there he meets an Interpol agent (Hideaki Ito) who is investigating the case but is also very hesitant to share any information with Kuroda. Kuroki will play an elite banker who was the sole witness to the crime,
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Watch Five Minutes of the Live-Action Space Battleship Yamato (Star Blazers) Film

Based on the popular Japanese anime series, the live-action adaptation. was released in international theaters this past week. Now you can see a full five minute clip of the anticipated sci-fi film. Space Battleship Yamato is a Japanese science fiction anime series featuring an eponymous space craft; known to English-speaking audiences as Star Blazers. Directed by Takashi Yamazaki, the live-action adaptation stars Takuya Kimura as Susumu Kodai and Meisa Kuroki as Yuki. It was revealed originally that the plot would be based on that of the 1974 series, however elements from the series' second season have been incorporated as well. The year is 2199, and the Earth has been under radioactive siege from extraterrestrials known as the Gamilas for five years. The Earth’s surviving population...

Mamoru Oshii's Assault Girls hits DVD and blu-ray October 19!

Thanks to cool a$$ distributors Well Go USA we all get to oggle the girls and giant worms of Mamoru Osshii's (Ghost in the Shell) Assualt Girls in 1080 HD! The film is seeing release on Western shores October 18.

Synopsis:

In the aftermath of global thermonuclear war, three battle tested women: Gray (Meisa Kuroki), Lucifer (Rinko Kikuchi), and Colonel (Hinako Saeki), distinctly armed with Assault Rifles and electrifying magic, are transported to the virtual world of Avalon F. It's here these beautiful women known as Assault Girls must test their fighting skills in an epic virtual battle against sand-dwelling monsters known as Sand Whales. As the virtual game begins to unfold, the sparkle of "muzzle flash" begins to fade and assault ships gather overhead. The end is near when suddenly a gigantic super mutation called "Madara Sunakujira" attacks and the battle for survival begins.

There's even an all new website just for English speakers!
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Official U.S. site for Mamoru Oshii’s Assault Girls

Babes with Big guns, killing even bigger desert dwelling monsters… Yes Mamoru Oshii’s (‘Ghost in the Shell’) - eye popping action, sci-fi movie - Assault Girls is heading for U.S DVD and Blu-ray, and props should go out to American distributor Well Go U.S.A, who’ve gone to the trouble of creating an official U.S site for the release! We’ve a while to wait as it doesn’t hit the shelves until October, so in the mean we can amuse ourselves with trailers and pics aplenty. Synopsis: In the aftermath of global thermonuclear war, three battle tested women: Gray (Meisa Kuroki), Lucifer (Rinko Kikuchi), and Colonel (Hinako Saeki), distinctly armed with Assault Rifles and electrifying magic, are transported to the virtual world of Avalon F. It's here these beautiful women known as Assault Girls must test their fighting skills in an epic virtual battle
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Official U.S. site for Mamoru Oshii’s Assault Girls

Babes with Big guns, killing even bigger desert dwelling monsters… Yes Mamoru Oshii’s (‘Ghost in the Shell’) - eye popping action, sci-fi movie - Assault Girls is heading for U.S DVD and Blu-ray, and props should go out to American distributor Well Go U.S.A, who’ve gone to the trouble of creating an official U.S site for the release! We’ve a while to wait as it doesn’t hit the shelves until October, so in the mean we can amuse ourselves with trailers and pics aplenty. Synopsis: In the aftermath of global thermonuclear war, three battle tested women: Gray (Meisa Kuroki), Lucifer (Rinko Kikuchi), and Colonel (Hinako Saeki), distinctly armed with Assault Rifles and electrifying magic, are transported to the virtual world of Avalon F. It's here these beautiful women known as Assault Girls must test their fighting skills in an epic virtual battle
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Official U.S. site for Mamoru Oshii’s Assault Girls

Babes with Big guns, killing even bigger desert dwelling monsters… Yes Mamoru Oshii’s (‘Ghost in the Shell’) - eye popping action, sci-fi movie - Assault Girls is heading for U.S DVD and Blu-ray, and props should go out to American distributor Well Go U.S.A, who’ve gone to the trouble of creating an official U.S site for the release! We’ve a while to wait as it doesn’t hit the shelves until October, so in the mean we can amuse ourselves with trailers and pics aplenty. Synopsis: In the aftermath of global thermonuclear war, three battle tested women: Gray (Meisa Kuroki), Lucifer (Rinko Kikuchi), and Colonel (Hinako Saeki), distinctly armed with Assault Rifles and electrifying magic, are transported to the virtual world of Avalon F. It's here these beautiful women known as Assault Girls must test their fighting skills in an epic virtual battle
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Angelina Jolie: Tokyo "Salt" Press Conference

Having arrived into town with her children the previous day, Angelina Jolie was back in promotional mode as she partook in a "Salt" press conference at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo in Tokyo, Japan on Tuesday (July 27).

Wearing a darling black Ferragamo ensemble, the "Wanted" hottie was joined by actress Meisa Kuroki as she pushes for big box office numbers when her CIA thriller hits theaters in Japan on July 31st.

In related news, Us magazine is reporting that Miss Jolie has taken the first step in becoming a member of the ever-so-popular world of Twitter.

A source tells, "Jolie had her people obtain the account for her so no one else could have that username. There was actually someone else using @AngelinaJolie but Angelina requested the account suspended and took it over."

With the account currently locked and inactive, the insider explains that Ang may start tweeting later this year,
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Mamoru Oshii’s Assault Girls: Us R1 DVD in October

Good news for those who’d like to take a closer look at Mamoru Oshii’s Assault Girls without importing the Japanese DVD or Blu-ray Disc that will be released next week on June 23rd.

Nippon Cinema reports that Well Go USA has acquired the Us rights for Oshii’s Girls with Guns flick starring Meisa Kuroki, Rinko Kikuchi and Hinako Saeki, and will release it on R1 DVD on October 19th.

This release is supposed to include English subtitles for the Engrish dialogues. Although Well Go USA has already released several titles on Blu-ray Disc, no high definition release has been announced this time.
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Well Go USA picks up Mamoru Oshii's "Assault Girls" for R1

Well Go USA has acquired Mamoru Oshii's 2009 live-action sci-fi film Assault Girls and will be releasing it on DVD in North America on October 19, 2010.

The film was released in Japan back in December as the feature-length follow-up to Oshii's previous short films “Assault Girl: Kentucky no Hinako” and “Assault Girl 2”, both of which were part of omnibus action movies (2007’s “Shin Onna Tachiguishi Retsuden” and 2008’s “Kiru ~ Kill”, respectively).

Plot: In the aftermath of global thermonuclear war, the Earth's surface has been turned into a desert battlefield. Three beautiful female hunters: Gray (Meisa Kuroki), Lucifer (Rinko Kikuchi), and Colonel (Hinako Saeki) traverse the barren landscape armed with powerful assault rifles to fight a group of deadly sand-dwelling monsters called "sunakujira" (sand whales). When the the epic battle eventually seems to be coming to an end, the sparkle of muzzle flash dies down and assault ship flies overhead. Suddenly, a
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Assault Girls Trailer. It’s Like Dune, Except with Hot Japanese Chicks.

From Mamoru Oshii, the well-known and respected Japanese director of “Avalon” and the “Ghost in the Shell” franchise comes what I can only assume is a get-rich quick scheme to pay off a house note or two, ala “Assault Girls”. It’s like Frank Herbert’s “Dune”, except with Japanese chicks with assault rifles. In the aftermath of global thermonuclear war, the Earth’s surface has been turned into a desert battlefield. Three beautiful female hunters: Gray (Meisa Kuroki), Lucifer (Rinko Kikuchi), and Colonel (Hinako Saeki) traverse the barren landscape armed with powerful assault rifles to fight a group of deadly sand-dwelling monsters called “sunakujira” (sand whales). When the the epic battle eventually seems to be coming to an end, the sparkle of muzzle flash dies down and assault ship flies overhead. Suddenly, a gigantic super mutation called “Madara Sunakujira” attacks. The girls and their spiffy mega guns hit Japanese
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Full Theatrical Trailer for Mamoru Oshii’s Assault Girls

The official website for Mamoru Oshii’s Assault Girls has been updated with the full theatrical trailer that shows us some more of…well everything! More Meisa Kuroki, Rinko Kikuchi and Hinako Saeki, more (Engrish) dialogues and more of those mediocre CG effects. But to be honest, the latter doesn’t bother me at all when it comes to a new Oshii project…especially if the girls are real and armoured

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[via Nippon Cinema]
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Full trailer for Mamoru Oshii's wormy live action Assault Girls

First there was a teaser, and now there is a full trailer for Mamoru Oshii's live action cgi badassery and followup to his two Ag shorts and I have to say it looks mighty fine, but why do they always have to ruin Japanese trailer with terrible J-pop?

In the aftermath of global thermonuclear war, the Earth’s surface has been turned into a desert battlefield. Three beautiful female hunters: Gray (Meisa Kuroki), Lucifer (Rinko Kikuchi), and Colonel (Hinako Saeki) traverse the barren landscape armed with powerful assault rifles to fight a group of deadly sand-dwelling monsters called “sunakujira” (sand whales). When the the epic battle eventually seems to be coming to an end, the sparkle of muzzle flash dies down and assault ship flies overhead. Suddenly, a gigantic super mutation called “Madara Sunakujira” attacks.

Trailer after the break. via Nippon Cinema

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