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Deathstroke Returns, Akira Kurosawa, Zatoichi, And The Man With No Name -- The Lrm Weekend

By David Kozlowski | 28 July 2017

Welcome to Issue #6 of The Lrm Weekend, a weekly column highlighting cool and unique videos about film, TV, comics, Star Wars, Marvel, DC, animation, and anime. We also want to hear from you, our awesome Lrm community! Share your favorite videos to: @LRM_Weekend and we'll post your Tweets below!

Previous Issues: 7.21.17 | 7.14.17 | 7.7.17 | 6.30.17 | 6.23.17

Hey Lrm Weekenders, we survived San Diego Comic-Con 2017 -- did you have a favorite moment? Thor: Ragnarok's latest trailer was a big hit at Lrm (Hulk speaks!). As July comes to a close, we're ramping up for the big movies and TV shows of the late summer through the holiday season.

This week our emphasis is on Akira Kurosawa, the legendary Japanese filmmaker who's works have inspired generations of directors, screenwriters, and actors. Kurosawa's films have been adpapted and remade dozens of times, and we hope that this week's column gives you
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Takeshi Kitano to Receive France’s Legion of Honor

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Takeshi Kitano to Receive France’s Legion of Honor
Takeshi Kitano has taken home laurels from film festivals the world over. As of next week, he can lay claim to an even higher honor: France’s Legion of Honor, which the Japanese actor, director and comedian will receive at a ceremony in Paris next week for his contributions to contemporary arts.

Read More: ‘Boiling Point’ Exclusive Poster: Film Movement Classics Re-Releases Early Beat Takeshi Movie

Jack Lang, France’s former culture minister, said in a statement that the “Violent Cop,” “Sonatine” and “Outrage” director “comfortably went beyond the limits of art genres and transformed the rules of performing arts, television, film and literature.” Kitano will receive the rank of Officier, the L’ordre National de la Légion d’honneur’s fourth-highest honor.

Read More: Tokyo Film Festival: U.S. Indie Scoops Top Prize; Tim Burton And Takeshi Kitano Honored

“I am very surprised that I will be given such an honor,
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Notes on Blindness review – seeing the light despite the darkness

The fear of losing one’s sight is perfectly captured in an inspiring docudrama about author and academic John Hull

Cinema’s paradoxical fascination with sightlessness has spawned movies as diverse as Terence Young’s 1967 thriller Wait Until Dark, Takeshi Kitano’s 2003 martial-arts actioner Zatôichi and Eskil Vogt’s prurient 2014 psychodrama Blind. Yet few films have portrayed the absence of vision with any degree of insight. Honourable exceptions include British film-maker Gary Tarn’s 2005 documentary Black Sun, an electrifying, expressionist portrait of painter and photographer Hugues de Montalembert, who found new ways of seeing after being blinded by a violent attack in 1978.

The film highlights the growing tactility of Hull's world, closing in on the sources of sound

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See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Takeshi 'Beat' Kitano Joins Ghost In The Shell To Play 'The Chief', Daisuke Aramaki

According to The Wrap, famed Japanese actor Beat Takeshi Kitano has joined the cast of Paramount Pictures live-action adaptation of the hit anime & manga, “Ghost in the Shell”. Starring Scarlett Johansson the adaptation of Masamune Shirow's manga will arrive in theaters on March 31, 2017. In an official press release, Kitano stated, "This film tells the story of mankind in the near future in a unique setting. My role Aramaki is a unique and attractive character. The story revolves around the human relationships of the characters. This film will be stylish and entertaining, which is completely different from the type of movies I direct myself. This excited me and was the reason I decided to participate in this film." Kitano is best known for such films as Battle Royale, The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi and Izo. Rupert Sanders directs the film from a script written by William Wheeler. Johansson stars as 'The Major',
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Tiff 2013: Trailer and 3 Clips for Japanese Remake of Clint Eastwood's 'Unforgiven'

Up until now I haven't posted any of the trailer for Lee Sang-il's Unforgiven (Yurusarezarumono), remake of Clint Eastwood's Oscar-winning film of the same name. Primarily because the trailers didn't include subtitles and I knew sooner or later we'd get a look that would actually give you something to consider rather than the visuals and action beats. Well, that day is today. Unforgiven is set to play the 2013 Toronto Film Festival and I have for you a subtitled trailer along with three clips from the film which stars Ken Watanabe (Inception), Koichi Sato (Sukiyaki Western Django) and Akira Emoto (The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi) that takes the classic Western to Meiji-period Japan. The Tokugawa shogunate has just collapsed and the Ainu aborigines strive to settle the land alongside the newly established government. Jubei Kamata (Watanabe) is a relic of the Tokugawa shogunate, and during that time his name alone terrorized
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Takeshi Kitano’s ‘Outrage’ Red Band Trailer

Takeshi Kitano’s ‘Outrage’ Red Band Trailer
Lovers of film are likely lovers of Takeshi Kitano. Sometimes billed as Beat Takeshi, he's not only the evil star of Battle Royale, he's the talented director of films like The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi and Fireworks. In 2010, he directed and starred in Outrage, a twisting, turning crime drama in the vein [1] of Martin Scorsese. It played several festivals, spawned a few trailers [2] and was successful enough that a sequel, Outrage 2, is on the way. However, most fans haven't had a chance to see the original because its U.S. release date [3] was way off. Finally, Outrage is schedule to hit U.S. screens on December 2 and on-demand next week, October 28. There's a brand new red band trailer for the film after the jump. Thanks to Hulu [4] for this trailer. (That means people outside the Us probably can't see this embed.) Here's the official plot description. In a ruthless battle for power,
See full article at Slash Film »

Landmark’S Nuart Theatre Announces Fall-Winter Schedule

Hey Los Angeles… grab your popcorn, because Landmark Theatres has announced it’s Fall-Winter film calender for the Nuart Theatre. It highlights limited-run films to avid cinephiles in Los Angeles, offering an essential guide for audiences to discover exciting films that may never enjoy the publicity of nationwide exposure. Included in the mix of programming are documentaries, reissues, features from a variety of foreign countries and other edgy, alternative cinema.

Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles

Showtimes and information: (310)281-8223

Features Friday, October 14 . Thursday, October 20

The Man Nobody Knew: In Search Of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby

A son’s riveting look at a father whose life seemed straight out of a spy thriller, The Man Nobody Knew uncovers the secret world of legendary CIA spymaster William Colby, who rose through the ranks of “The Company” and soon was involved in covert operations in
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Trailer - Takeshi Kitano's Cannes Entry, 'Outrage'

I'm a big fan of Takeshi Kitano. The Japanese filmmaker, whose movies usually give their violence massive consequences, might be best known to casual viewers for his Zatôichi movie a few years ago. But go back a few years and dig up classics like Sonatine and Fireworks, probably his most artistic movie.

Kitano is a jack-of-all-trades, writing, producing, directing, editing, and starring in his own films, although he acts under the name Beat Takeshi. He also used to host one of those odd Japanese game shows. Oh, and now he teaches film at the Tokyo University of the Arts.

He's back at work (and headed to Cannes) with the Yakuza drama Outrage, returning to his roots as a filmmaker. Here's the trailer (with no subtitles, unfortunately), courtesy of TwitchFilm.
See full article at Get The Big Picture »

What Would You Like to See at Cannes?

What Would You Like to See at Cannes?
I have always wanted to go to the Cannes Film Festival, and have never been. So each spring I eagerly await the news of the latest lineup and I comb over it and drool a bit, trying not to think that it will probably be almost a year before I get to see some of them, if at all. I'm always fascinated by the winner of the Palme d'Or, and it's interesting to compare these with, say, the Best Picture Oscar announced many months later. The difference is that the French (and whoever happens to be on the jury) tend to look at movies as a director's craft rather than as a vehicle for storytelling and/or messages.

Going in this direction, the first movie in the new lineup that caught my eye is Outrage, by Japanese filmmaker Takeshi Kitano (pictured above). If you were a hardcore cinema buff in the 1990s,
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Boos! & Whoop-doos!: Why Is Pegasus Black? and Other Remake Mysteries!

B. Alan looks at a decade of horrible cinematic remakes and rehashes that ruined film as an art form.

Black Pegasus? Boo!

Why is Pegasus black? Why did this flying horse need to be recast El Negro? It makes about as much sense as casting Cedric the Entertainer in the role of Ralph Kramden. There is no reasoning being placed behind it, other than, "We can do what we want! We can do what we feel!" It's strange that in both Clash of the Titans and 2005's The Honeymooners, the only hint of imagination or originality came from swapping ethnicities. In neither case does it pertain to, or help push along the story. It's senseless esthetic scrambling. Sure, poor black folks probably work in the sewer and beat their spouses, too. So why not update an old 1940s sitcom to reflect how far we've come? But Pegasus? Come on! Nowhere
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Thor’s Warriors Three Confirmed

There’s been a lot of rumor and speculation about which actors would be playing the famous “Warriors Three” in Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming adaptation of Marvel Comic’s Thor. Names ranging from Dominic Cooper to Robert De Niro and Jude Law were once thought to be hovering over the roles of Thor’s buddies in battle, and in the last few hours there’s been rumored word that actors Stuart Townsend (Queen of the Damned), Ray Stevenson (Punisher: War Zone) and Tadanobu Asano (The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi) were going to be playing the trio.

Now we have word direct from Marvel News confirming that indeed, Townsend, Stevenson and Asano are the official picks to play The Warriors Three. So who will be playing whom? Keep reading to find out…

Here’s the breakdown:

The Warriors Three (see header pic above) consist of (clockwise L-r) Fandral, Valstagg and Hogun. Fandral will be played by Townsend,
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Marvel Locates The Warriors Three for Thor

We reported just yesterday morning that Marvel is preparing to shoot their next big comic book film Thor in January, with director Kenneth Branagh now ready to get the story of gods and warriors from another dimension underway. And with that has come a few last minute casting decisions. Per a Variety article that has mysteriously disappeared off their site since it posted about an hour ago, Marvel has signed Stuart Townsend, Ray Stevenson and Tadanobu Asano to play The Warriors Three, a trio of Asgardian adventurers who fight alongside the Norse god Thor, who will be played by Chris Hemsworth (Star Trek). Stuart Townsend, who recently wrote and directed the excellent political drama Battle in Seattle, which starred his fiancee Charlize Theron, is best known for playing the vampire Lestat in Queen of the Damned and starring alongside Ryan Reynolds in Chaos Theory. He is also a frequent voice cast contributor to Robot Chicken. Ray Stevenson
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The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi - Blu-ray Review

The Eastwood of Japan, Takeshi Kitano, tackles one of Japan.s most iconic figures with .The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi.. The film is a great take on the decades old property of a masterful blind swordsman in 19th century Japan who travels the land helping under the guise of a masseur. A great looking film . that comes recommended for its Blu-ray debut. Takeshi Kitano is mostly known for his outstanding early nineties yakuza pics like .Boiling Point. and .Sonatine. where he also starred in under his performing mark Beat Takeshi. Distinctive and stylish, these films established an international director to watch out for. Most recent yakuza pic, .Brother., which brought Takeshi to L.A. failed to measure up to earlier
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DVD Playhouse--September 2009

DVD Playhouse—September 2009


Allen Gardner

The Human Condition (Criterion) Masaki Kobayashi’s epic (574 minutes) adaptation of Junpei Gomikawa’s six-volume novel was originally made and released as three separate films (1959-61), and is rightfully regarded as a landmark of Japanese cinema. Candide-like story of naïve, good-hearted Kaiji (Japanese superstar Tatsuya Nakadai) from labor camp supervisor, to Imperial Army solider, to Soviet Pow, and Kaiji’s struggle to maintain his humanity throughout. Unfolds with the mastery of a great novel, beautifully-shot, and a stunning example of cinematic mastery on the part of its makers. Four-disc set bonuses include: Interview with Kobayashi; Interview with Nakadai; Featurette; Trailer; Essay by critic Philip Kemp. Widescreen. Dolby 3.0 surround.

State Of Play (Universal) Russell Crowe stars as a veteran Washington D.C. political reporter investigating the murder of an aide to a rising congressional star (Ben Affleck), who also happens to be an old friend.
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[DVD Review] The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi

When a movie tries to update an old beloved series into what is called a “re-imagining,” it often results in a disastrous effort that either loses the charm of the original(s) or becomes a pale imitation. Takeshi Kitano’s Zatoichi is one of those rare successes. While he’s made a number of incredible films meditating on the harshness of violence, Kitano at his heart still remains a playful comedian (Americans probably know him best as one of the two hosts of Takeshi’s Castle, better known in the U.S. as its Spike TV dubbed version called Mxc), and his Zatoichi is a reflection of that side.

The original Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman series spanned 26 movies and four TV seasons—all of them starring Shintaro Katsu. It would be hard for any other actor to fill those shoes if he wasn’t a giant like Kitano, who fearlessly
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Blu-ray review: ‘The Ultimate Force of Four’ box set

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To the typical American mainstream movie fan, The Ultimate Force of Four Blu-ray box set may be a treasure trove of remastered “Kung Fu” flicks. Though not the best the genre has to offer, it does contain some of the biggest hits on these shores since Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon first arrived and opened the eyes of an unsuspecting populace.

Included in the Blu-ray set is the 1994 Jackie Chan film The Legend of Drunken Master which was released in the States in 2000. Directed by Chia-Liang Liu, Chan defends the honor of the Chinese people by kicking, punching and leaping off buildings in order to stop the heinous transfer of Chinese treasures by the evil British. Though The Legend of Drunken Master, isn’t the best example of the genre nor Chan’s best, it’s a favorite for easy Sunday afternoon movie watching. Considering Chan’s energy and dynamic action
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Blu-Ray Round Up: Jet Li, Jackie Chan Highlight ‘Ultimate Force of Four’

Chicago – Attention martial arts fans, Buena Vista Home Video recently released a wave of martial arts films on Blu-Ray under the title “The Ultimate Force of Four” box set, including one of Jet Li’s best films, the spectacular “Hero,” from director Zhang Yimou. “Hero” is easily the highlight of the quartet of recent HD releases but “Iron Monkey,” “The Legend of Drunken Master,” and “Zatoichi” will all satisfy fans in 1080p (as long as they’re not purists about audio tracks).

Three of the four titles are merely HD imports of special features and films already available on standard DVD. The exception is “Hero,” which includes an all-new featurette and a digital copy, but is actually one of the most divisive Blu-Rays of the year. Miramax/Buena Vista has made the baffling choice to include a higher caliber quality of audio for the dubbed tracks on “Hero,” “Iron Monkey,
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Weekend Shopping Guide 9/18/09: Riff This

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The weekend’s here. You’ve just been paid, and it’s burning a hole in your pocket. What’s a pop culture geek to do? In hopes of steering you in the right direction to blow some of that hard-earned cash, it’s time for the Quick Stop Weekend Shopping Guide - your spotlight on the things you didn’t even know you wanted…

(Please support Quick Stop by using the links below to make any impulse purchases - it helps to keep us going…)

Just yesterday (well, last year), it seemed that RiffTrax was just a web concern, with nary a physical DVD release to their name. Now, the DVD releases are coming fast and furious, the latest being another two volumes of short subjects featuring riffsters (and MST3K alum) Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, & Bill Corbett - Wide World Of Shorts & Shorts-tacular Shorts-stravaganza (Legend, Not Rated, DVD-$9.95 Srp each). Both are excellent.
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Blu-ray Giveaway: The Ultimate Force of Four

Now available on Blu-ray for the first time from Buena Vista Home Entertainment are a quarter of kung fu films: The Legend of Drunken Master, Hero: Special Edition, Iron Monkey and The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi. One lucky reader will take home all four of these films on Blu-ray. Two runner ups will receive the new Hero: Special Edition on DVD. For a chance to win, send in the completed entry form below. If you want better odds, return any or every day the contest is active and enter again. Good luck!
See full article at TheHDRoom »

Koreeda to unsheath samurai picture

Koreeda to unsheath samurai picture
SYDNEY -- Acclaimed Japanese director Koreeda Hirokazu, best known for his 2004 hit Nobody Knows, will direct his first historical samurai film for entertainment major Shochiku, the company announced Wednesday. Slated for a spring release, Hana Yori mo Naho is a major departure for Koreeda, who is better known for contemporary documentary-style features. Based on an original story by Koreeda and set in the 17th century, the film stars Junichi Okada, (Tokyo Tower, Fly, Daddy Fly), Rie Miyazawa (The Twilight Samurai), and Tadanobu Asano (Zatoichi, Cafe Lumiere). Producers are Sato Shiho and Enoki Nozomu.
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