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15 Great Dancing Scenes from Asian Movies

Se Asian movies, at least as they are perceived in their whole by the majority of international audience, are known for a number of things: Horror, violence, Wong Kar Wai, Park Chan-wook and Takashi Miike (ok, I am just oversimplifying things here). So, for this list I decided to show another aspect of Asian movies, not so frequently mentioned or even considered for that matter, apart from the Bollywood movies that is. Without further ado, here are 12 great dancing scenes from Asian movies, with the lion’s share belonging to Wong Kar Wai, who has presented a number of astonishing sequences through the years.

1. Lai Yiu-fai and Ho Po-wing are dancing in a kitchen (Wong Kar Wai, Happy Together,1997, Hong Kong)

Tony Leung and Leslie Cheung are tangoing in the middle of a kitchen, with their love and adoration for each other becoming evident by the way they look at and lean on each other.
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Vanessa Lachey and Maksim Chmerkovskiy Hug It Out Amid Dancing With the Stars Drama

Vanessa Lachey and Maksim Chmerkovskiy Hug It Out Amid Dancing With the Stars Drama
Shall we dance? After skipping out on Monday's Dancing With the Stars for "personal issues," Maksim Chmerkovskiy met up with his partner Vanessa Lachey on Saturday to hit the dance floor—and seemingly to put some water under the bridge. Earlier today, the partners met up in Los Angeles to practice for this Monday night's competition. Rumors have swirled that after last week's hoopla that the Vanessa may be switching partners, but that certainly doesn't seem like it. After their rehearsal, the pair were spotted hugging it out before getting into their cars. Certainly a lot can change in six days! On last Monday's episode, it was announced last...
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The Emperor in August

This great recent Japanese epic is all but unknown here — and is the kind of adult historical show that we seem incapable of these days. The intense diplomatic storm at the end of WW2 with an Army command willing to sacrifice the nation in a national suicide pact, is given an exciting, thoughtful treatment

The Emperor in August


Twilight Time

2015 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 136 min. / Street Date August 15, 2017 / Nihon no ichiban nagai hi ketteiban / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95

Starring: Koji Yakusho, Masahiro Motoki, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Shin’ichi Tsutsumi, Tori Matsuzaka, Kikuo Kaneuchi, Misuzu Kanno, Katsumi Kiba.

Cinematography: Takahide Shibanushi

Film Editor: Eugene Harada

Original Music: Harumi Fuki

Based on the novel by Kacutoshi Hando

Produced by Hirotaki Aragaki, Nozumi Enoki

Written and Directed by Masato Harada

How does Twilight Time do it? Every time they offer a foreign title I’ve never heard of, it comes up a winner.
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‘Hellboy’ Whitewashing Controversy: 5 Japanese Actors Who Could Take on the Embattled Role

‘Hellboy’ Whitewashing Controversy: 5 Japanese Actors Who Could Take on the Embattled Role
Early last week, white British actor Ed Skrein joined the cast of Neil Marshall’s upcoming “Hellboy” reboot, a casting choice that was immediately derided for its whitewashing of Skrein’s character, a Japanese-American Marine named Ben Daimio (whose family tree includes no less than a famous Japanese spy and war criminal, who also appears in the John Arcudi and Mike Mignola comic book series). In short order, Skrein did something wholly remarkable: he dropped out of the project after learning about Daimio’s heritage.

Read More:‘Hellboy’ Whitewashing: Ed Skrein Steps Down From Playing Japanese-American Comic Character

In an official statement, the actor made it clear that he believed the choice was what was “right,” noting that portraying the part in “a culturally accurate way” was clearly important for audiences (Skrein also pointed to his own “mixed heritage” family in the statement, which you can read here). In a
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Jennifer Lopez to Star in and Produce Romantic Comedy ‘Second Act’

Jennifer Lopez to Star in and Produce Romantic Comedy ‘Second Act’
Jennifer Lopez will star in and produce the romantic comedy “Second Act” for STXfilms as part of the company’s efforts to focus on female-driven movies.

STXfilms touted the movie as being in the vein of “Working Girl” and “Maid in Manhattan.” Lopez will portray a big box store employee who reinvents her life and her lifestyle, which gets her the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as a college degree.

“There are so many things I love about this project and script,” said Lopez. “People try to put women to sleep at a certain age. ‘Second Act’ is a story that empowers the every woman to do more, to be more, and not limit their dreams. I am thrilled to partner with Stx as they continue to create and empower the female audience.”


Jennifer Lopez’s NBC Series ‘World of Dance’ Marks Game-Changing Moment for Dance Industry

Veteran comedy director Peter Segal will direct the film. His credits include “50 First Dates,” “Anger Management,” and “Get Smart.”

The project was developed by Stx with Lopez from an idea conceived by Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Justin Zackham. The two wrote the script for “Second Act,” which will be produced by Lopez, Goldsmith-Thomas, Zackham and Benny Medina.

Adam Fogelson, Chairman of STXfilms, and the studio’s president of production Sam Brown made the announcement Thursday.

“When Jennifer, Elaine and Justin came to us with this idea, we loved it right away,” said Fogelson. “The premise of reinventing yourself and creating a career and life-defining second act is hugely relatable and aspirational. Jennifer’s talents as a film and television actress, producer and recording artist are legendary. She is a true global superstar and and we think she is perfect for this role.”

Lopez starred in several successful romantic comedies and dramas between 2001 and 2005, including “The Wedding Planner,” “Maid in Manhattan,” “Shall We Dance,” and “Monster in Law.” Other key credits include “Out of Sight,” “The Cell,” and “Anaconda.” She starred opposite Ryan Guzman in 2015’s erotic thriller “The Boy Next Door.”

Stx noted in the announcement that its next six releases feature women in leading roles — “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” “Molly’s Game,” “Gringo,” “A Bad Moms Christmas” and “The Happytime Murders.”

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Olympic Figure Skater Kristi Yamaguchi on Her Daughter’s Love of Skating: ‘It’s a Great Activity for Her’

Olympic Figure Skater Kristi Yamaguchi on Her Daughter’s Love of Skating: ‘It’s a Great Activity for Her’
It’s been 25 years since Kristi Yamaguchi took home the gold medal for ladies’ singles figure skating at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France.

And now, though Yamaguchi rarely laces up her skates, she’s passed the torch — to her 11-year-old daughter, Emma.

Though her own competitive skating days are long behind her, Yamaguchi tells People she still spends four days a week at the rink with her daughter, who has been skating for five years. Whether she’ll follow her mom’s Olympic path is still up for debate, however.

“Of course at that age, there’s Olympic aspirations,
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Watch: Kristi Yamaguchi Looks Back on Her Olympic Win, 25 Years Later

Watch: Kristi Yamaguchi Looks Back on Her Olympic Win, 25 Years Later
It’s been 25 years since Kristi Yamaguchi won the gold in women’s figure skating at the 1992 Winter Olympics. And when she looks back at her win a quarter of a century later, there’s only one thing that stands out to her — her hair.

“The hair! The big bangs!” she joked with People Now on Thursday, while looking back at photos of her on Feb. 21, 1992 — when she claimed the top prize. “It’s amazing — it’s defying gravity!”

Yamaguchi was just 20 years old when she skated to victory at the Games in Albertville, France.

The Games were notable for Yamaguchi for a few reasons.
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‘The Space Between Us’ Star Asa Butterfield Discusses His Favorite Thing About Earth

‘The Space Between Us’ Star Asa Butterfield Discusses His Favorite Thing About Earth
What’s your favorite thing about earth?

That’s the puzzling question everyone was asking at the L.A. premiere for “The Space Between Us,” the latest offering from British “Shall We Dance” director Peter Chelsom, at the ArcLight Hollywood on Tuesday night.

For the film’s lead actor Asa Butterfield, who plays Gardner Elliot, a boy who grows up on Mars yearning to see the earth and find his father, it’s a combination of the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon, and the “wild adventure” of a big city like Tokyo.

“What was really important for me was channeling Gardner’s wonder and naivety at everything he sees,” Butterfield said. “It’s almost like going back to a childlike state of wonderment at the world, which was a lot of fun.”

Chelsom echoed his lead’s opinion that nature is one of his favorite things about the planet,
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Josh Hartnett, Shinobu Terajima to Star in U.S.-Japan Drama-Comedy ‘Oh Lucy!’

Josh Hartnett, Shinobu Terajima to Star in U.S.-Japan Drama-Comedy ‘Oh Lucy!’
Josh Hartnett and Shinobu Terajima are starring in the U.S.-Japan drama-comedy “Oh Lucy!,” which concluded shooting this week.

Kaho Minami (“Kabukicho Love Hotel”) and Koji Yakusho (“Shall We Dance”) also starred in the production, which filmed in Tokyo and Los Angeles. Matchgirl Pictures, Will Ferrell-Adam McKay’s Gloria Sanchez Productions and Meridian Content are the production companies.

The film is produced by Han West, Yukie Kito, Jessica Elbaum and Hirayangi. Executive producers are McKay, Will Ferrell, Meileen Choo, and Razmig Hovaghimian. UTA is representing North American rights and Phantom Film is distributing in Japan with Nhk covering television rights for Japan.

The feature length film is based on the short film of the same name, directed by Japanese director Atsuko Hirayanagi from her own script. The short won the Jury Prize for International Fiction at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

Terajima plays a lonely, chain-smoking office lady
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Laurie Hernandez And Val Chmerkovskiy Win 'Dancing With The Stars'

Laurie Hernandez And Val Chmerkovskiy Win 'Dancing With The Stars'
And the mirror ball trophy goes to… Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy!

During Tuesday night's two-hour finals of Dancing With the Stars, filmed live at The Grove in Los Angeles, the 16-year-old Olympic gymnast and her pro partner were crowned the season 23 champions.

Watch: 'DWTS' Finalists Share Stories From 'Stressful' Last Week of Rehearsals, What They'll Miss Most

Hernandez was going for the gold, literally, as she took the stage in a glitzy one-piece dress and a perfectly-styled ballerina bun. With help from Chmerkovskiy, she nailed her final "24 hour fusion" dance, which consisted of the foxtrot and Argentine tango.

Showcasing Hernandez's athleticism with stellar lifts, fierce extensions and quick movements across the floor, the routine received a perfect score and raving reviews from all four of the judges. "My golly, you really are a spectacular dancer," said Bruno Tonioli. "Right on the money, honey! Fantastic!"

Judge Len Goodman, who admitted he had no "clue of who's going to
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Bob and Harvey Weinstein’s Mother Miriam Dies at 90

Bob and Harvey Weinstein’s Mother Miriam Dies at 90
Miriam Weinstein, the mother of Hollywood powerhouse film producers Harvey and Bob Weinstein, died on Wednesday at her home in Westport, Connecticut, The New York Times reports. She was 90.

Weinstein served as half of the inspiration for Miramax, the production and film distribution company created by her sons.

The brothers combined her name with their father’s, Max, to come up with the name of their first film company, which was launched in 1979.

Max, who was a diamond cutter, died in 1976 of a sudden heart attack at the age of 52, when Harvey was 24 and Bob was 22.

Weinstein told The New
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Classic Japanese Movie Review: Shall We Dance? , a beautiful music drama from 1996!

1996 came the all time classic from Japan "Shall We Dance?" That was inspired by the classic dance scene from the 50s movie "Anna and the King" but also gave inspiration to the Richard Ghere movie with the same title.    Story: Shohei Sugiyama (Koji Yakusho) is an successful account, married with beautiful Masako Sugiyama (Hideko Hara) and has a beautiful daughter Chikage Sugiyama (played by Ayano Nakamura). Despite a good home and a nice family, Shohei is still unhappy, he has no hobbies, and often prefer to be lonley. One day he see another lonely woman staring outside her window. Who is she? And why do all the people who visit her look happy and dancing? One of them is his boss Tomio Aoki...

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Bww TV: The Cast of American in Paris Makes Us Feel S' Wonderful in Bryant Park

The August 4, 2016 show of Broadway in Bryant Park included a performance by the Broadway cast of An American in Paris. Cast members for the event included Dimitri Kleioris, Leanne Cope, Jill Paice, Brandon Uranowitz, Derek Hanson, Attila Joey Csiki, Kyle Brown, Megan Dickinson, Kurt Froman, Derek Hanson, Marina Lazzaretto, Cory Lingner, Nathan Madden, Charlotte O'Dowd, Candy Olsen, Kristin Piro, Sam Rogers, Shannon Rugani, Bradley Schlagheck, Jeffrey C. Sousa, Tory Trowbridge and Scott Willis performing the numbers 'Shall We Dance,' 'For You, For Me, For Evermore,' 'I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise,' and 'S Wonderful.'
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‘The Martian’ meets ‘Room’ in this new Gary Oldman movie

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‘The Martian’ meets ‘Room’ in this new Gary Oldman movie
Confession: I hadn’t heard anything about The Space Between Us before clicking on the trailer for it today. Watching it, seeing the trailer’s opening seconds show a crew of astronauts bound for Mars, I thought, “Oh man, these guys must hate that they’re releasing this in the shadow of The Martian.” The rest of the trailer banished that thought completely. Yes, The Space Between Us starts with scientists on Mars. But, despite one line in this preview that is the very three words of The Martian’s tagline (“Bring him home”), it looks like a totally different movie, one that may have more in common with Room than with Ridley Scott’s movie about the Red Planet. It looks like most of this will take place on Earth (and that doesn’t mean at Jpl). The Space Between Us is about a boy named Gardner. On the
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Watch: Asa Butterfield Goes Back To Space In First Trailer For ‘The Space Between Us’ With Britt Robertson & Gary Oldman

The last time Asa Butterfield went to space, the result was the less than impressive “Ender’s Game.” But the actor is going to give sci-fi another whirl this summer with “The Space Between Us,” and the first trailer is now orbiting the internet. Directed by Peter Chesolm (“Shall We Dance,” “Hector And The Search For […]

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Nikkatsu will relaunch their Roman Porno productions with leading Japanese directors

More that 1,100 of similar soft-core productions were released in theaters during the 70’s and 80’s by Nikkatsu, which helped to launch the careers of filmmakers like Masayuki Suo (Shall we Dance?, The Terminal Trust), Takashi Ishii (Gonin), Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Pulse, Tokyo Sonata, Journey to the Shore), Yojiro Takita (Departures), Koji Wakamatsu (Endless Waltz, United Red Army, Caterpillar) and many more.

The main reason so many directors chose the particular genre was due to the complete artistic freedom given to the them after they have met four criteria:

The film must have a required minimum quota of sex scenes (supposedly a sex scene every five minutes, although this rule was never strictly met) The film must be approximately one hour in duration. It must be filmed on 16 mm or 35 mm film within one week. The film must be made on a very limited budget (about $35,000)

The films were commecially successes and
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Stage Door: The King and I

This soundtrack got a lot of play during my childhoodWith Tony season fast approaching, it's time to revive our stage column and try to hit the shows that might be competing this year. But we'll start with a throwback to last season, the revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I which most everyone knows from its 1956 big screen adaptation which won 5 Oscars (albeit in a weird Academy year) and hopefully not from that 1999 Jodie Foster movie Anna and the King.

For those who aren't well versed in Broadway mechanics there's generally a few weeks of performances called "previews" wherein shows are technically not "open" and yet they're playing every night as they approach opening night. It's the easiest time to get tickets to almost anything so if you miss the previews good luck! Other avid theatergoers might have a different take but I've found that as a general rule
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Peter Chelsom Set To Helm WWII Assassin Tale ‘The Paladin’

Exclusive: Peter Chelsom will direct The Paladin for The Firm. Chelsom, whose credits include Shall We Dance, Hector And The Search For Happiness and Serendipity, was set by Jeff Kwatinetz to helm the WWII tale. Script is by Jason Keller and Eric Pfeffinger. Set during the darkest days of the war, The Paladin tells the incredible true story of how Winston Churchill orchestrated a monumental shift in the war through a top-secret program where he turned a 15-year-old boy…
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Film Review: ‘The World of Kanako’

Film Review: ‘The World of Kanako’
A father’s search for his missing daughter takes the “little girl lost” scenario to gruesome extremes in “The World of Kanako,” a relentlessly unpleasant and ultimately banal journey into a broken family’s heart of darkness. Writer-director Tetsuya Nakashima explored many of these same themes in “Confessions,” Japan’s official 2011 submission for the foreign-language film Oscar, but here he amplifies every element — the spastic style, the baroque plotting, the parental dysfunction and the hidden malice that poisons adolescent life. While there’s something compelling about an antihero whose obsession is poised on the razor’s edge between love and hate, “The World of Kanako” buries it in grinding, agitated repetition. Devotees of Asian extreme cinema may find the redeeming in the irredeemable, but the world outside this band of cultists will be difficult for Drafthouse Films to penetrate.

Nakashima shrewdly upends expectations, however, in casting the typically quiet, genial
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Pink Eiga launches VOD service in the Us

Pink Eiga, the L.A. based distributor of Japanese Pink Films, has launched as the go-to online destination for all of the company’s titles. Japanese Pink Films are short-form, story-based erotica high in production values, creativity and artistry that’s a significant feature of Japanese pop culture but virtually unheard of outside the country.

Independently produced, shot on 35mm film and edited using traditional flatbeds, Pink Eiga (Pink Films) run the genre gamut including comedies, romantic dramas, ‘midnight movies’ and horror films. The immense popularity of Pink Eiga in Japan is often due to its strange, extreme, and outrageous storylines. The films consistently push the boundaries of cultural commentary, giving unique insight into Japanese subculture and its stimulating proclivities.

Says Nadav Rechov, President of Pink Eiga Inc:

The primary difference from contemporary adult movies boils down to this: Pink Eiga are short form narrative features that feature sexual situations.
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