Jûsan-nin no shikaku (2010)
Released to critical acclaim in both the East and the West, “Cure” was a breakthrough film for director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, a nerve shredding thriller about the hunt for a serial killer in a bleak and decaying Tokyo.
A series of murders have been committed by ordinary people who claim to have had no control over their horrifying actions. Following the only link – a mysterious stranger who had brief contact with each perpetrator and their victim – detective Kenichi Takabe (Kôji Yakusho, “13 Assassins”, “Tokyo Sonata”) places his own sanity on the line as he tries to end the wave of inexplicable terror.
Magnet acquired the movie, based on an original screenplay by writer and director Roxanne Benjamin, from Soapbox Films and Protostar Pictures. The film is currently in production and will be released theatrically later this year.
Magnet is the genre arm of Magnolia. Its previous credits include “Let the Right One In,” “Centurion,” and “13 Assassins.”
Benjamin is a rising star in the horror world. She has contributed buzzy segments of the anthology films “Southbound” and “Xx,” but “Body at Brighton Rock” will mark her feature film directorial debut. It stars Karina Fontes, who previously worked with Benjamin on “Southbound,” as the ranger. “Body at Brighton Rock” will be produced by Christopher Alender, Benjamin, and David A. Smith.
2017 has been a much more low-key year for Asian films however, giving the opportunity for productions from other Asian countries to shine, in contrast to 2016, when S.Korean and Japanese films dominated this list. So, without further ado, here are the 20 Best Asian Films of 2017, always with a focus on diversity, in random order.
(Some of the films premiered in 2015, but I took the liberty to include them, since they circulated, mostly, in 2017).
Blade of the Immortal (Takashi Miike, Japan)
“Blade of the Immortal”, like “13 Assassins”, belongs to the collection of Miike’s calmer and more well-mannered movies, far for the wacky surreal ones. At the same time,
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Explore a world of clips, images, review links and much more at the official 13 Assassins fanhub, but what you won't get there though is the chance to win our 'money-can't-buy' prize of a 13 Assassins sword (okay, it's a letter opener sword but it comes in a natty box!) and a copy of the film on Blu-ray.
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In the era of the Shogun, an evil young lord rapes and kills, assured of immunity by law. But he didn't count on the Thirteen Assassins. A feared secret force, each with their own deadly skill,
Directed by Takashi Miike.
Starring Koji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada and Yuseke Iseya.
Feudal Japan is in a time of peace, but the sadistic Lord Naritsugu is next in line for the Shogun’s rule. 12 samurai, and one scavenger, are under orders to assassinate Naritsugu to avoid such a political catastrophe.
You know what’s missing from cinema these days? Really good villains. I don’t mean, like, a ‘good’ villain as in a bad-guy who sees the errors of his ways (confusing word order: noted); I mean some detestable sonofabitch that you can’t wait to get their comeuppance. Films that are blessed with such antagonists can build their whole plot around their eventual, humiliating (hopefully bloody) demise. 13 Assassins does so masterfully.
There’s a cheap trick in storytelling called ‘kicking the puppy’. It’s where you have your bad guy commit a bad deed
Takashi Miike is a difficult director to pin down. Most famous for his seminal horror, Audition, and his ultra-violent black comedy thriller, Ichi The Killer, he's also directed another eighty-odd films, and regularly churns out three or four a year. This is a man who seemingly makes films for fun, across a wide range of genres, and at a phenomenal rate, yet has attained a status in the West as this uncompromising auteur who's at the forefront of extreme Asian cinema.
So, when news came through that he was going to be tackling a period samurai film, a remake of the 1963 film, Jûsan-nin no shikaku, people were excited. Rightly so, as it turns out, as 13 Assassins is an absolute blast.
While those looking for ultra-violent thrills on a level Miike
Each week we’ll be showcasing some of most anticipated foreign releases as well as highlighting a few hidden gems which may have fallen off your radar. It’s no surprise that Hollywood has turned to World Cinema for inspiration in recent years with the number of remakes getting more and more popular.
Whilst it remains to be seen how many of these remakes go on to succeed or stay true to their original story counterparts, we decided it was high-time we turned the spotlight onto the next wave of foreign films to grace our screens.
This week we have 2 new trailers for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!
13 Assassins (Jûsan-nin no shikaku) UK Cinema Release Date: Friday 6th May 2011
Synopsis: A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord.
Directed by Takashi Miike.
Starring Koji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada and Yuseke Iseya.
The sadistic Lord Naritsugu, brother of the Shogun and therefore above the law, commits a string of atrocities across feudal Japan. The samurai Shinzaemon Shimada is hired to assassinate him, hiring a team of samurai assassins to assist him, ending in a final bloody showdown.
With some eighty films to his name, Takashi Miike is every bit the prolific director, hopping and mashing up genres to his hearts content. While Western audiences best know him for gruesome thrillers (Audition) and crime dramas (Dead or Alive) he's also dabbled in melodramas, period films and even (believe it or not) children's features. So it's with expert hands that Miike approaches 13 Assassins, a remake of the 1963 film of the same name.
Those expecting Miike's infamously violent scenes will not be disappointed, but it's not in an
13 Assasins (Jûsan-nin no shikaku) is both written and directed by legendary Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike (Audition, Dead or Alive, Ichi the Killer, One Missed Call, 3 Extremes, Yatterman and God's Puzzle).
The film is being distributed by Magnet and is available VOD now!. It arrives in theaters April 29th.
Trailer after the break.
Hit the jump for a list of all the films playing in-competition and click here for the films playing out-of-competition. This year’s Venice Film Festival runs from September 1 – 11th.
Darren Aronofsky – Black Swan
Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder
Ascanio Celestini – La Pecora Nera
The Italian cinematic shindig, which runs from September 1-11 and features the likes of Quentin Tarantino, Guillermo Arriaga, Arnaud Desplechin, Danny Elfman, Luca Guadagnino and Gabriele Salvatores on the competition jury, has pulled out all the stops this year with some very exciting flicks.
Top on our list of must-see movies includes Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan, Sofia Coppola's Somewhere, Vincent Gallo's Promises Written In Water and Anh Hung Tran's Murasaki adaptation Norwegian Wood.
The films to be shown at the 67th Venice Film Festival are...
Black Swan, directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis and Vincent Cassel.
La Pecora Nera, directed by Ascanio Celestini and starring Ascanio Celestini, Giorgio Tirabassi and Maya Sansa
Somewhere, directed by Sofia Coppola and starring Stephen Dorff,
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