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Tiffcom: Japan Interest in Co-productions With Europe, and China is Growing

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Long low on the priority list for Japan’s notoriously insular film industry, co-productions between the second-largest film market in Asia and its overseas partners are now in the spotlight. That was the view of a industry executives, speaking at a seminar at Tiffcom, on the margins of the Tokyo International Film Festival.

A bilateral film co-production agreement between Japan and China was signed in May. That marked a thawing of political relations and may open the door to a new film-making era. Not surprisingly, co-productions between Japan, Europe and Asia was the subject of a seminar held at Tiffcom on Wednesday.

Sedic International producer Toshiaki Nakazawa, whose credits include the Oscar-winning drama “Departures” and the Takashi Miike samurai swashbuckler “13 Assassins,” which he made with veteran British counterpart Jeremy Thomas, noted that Japan needs to “expand the pie” of its film market. Given that Japan’s population of 130 million
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Interview with Thunder Sawada and Yuya Takagawa: Regarding the form and the theory behind my storytelling, it is probably not conventional.

After growing up in Aomori and graduating from college, Thunder Sawada held jobs working for a land shark, customer support, and freelance writing before beginning his career as a contemporary artist. In 2007, he received the Taro Okamoto Contemporary Art Award, and in 2012 completed his studies at the Graduate School of Film and New Media, Tokyo University of the Arts. He won the Isama Studio Film Festival Scenario Award in 2010 and 2015.

Yuya Takagawa was Born in 1962 in Mie Prefecture. He is an actor, narrator and theatre director working in theatre, TV and film who began his acting career at Tatsuya Nakadai’s Mumeijuku acting school. He has appeared in films such as 13 Assassins (2010) by Takashi Miike and was recently in Rolling (2015) by Masanori Tominaga, Lost Serenade(2016) by Masato Ozawa and Alley Cat by Hideo Sasaki (Japan Cuts 2017), among others. He is the lead actor in Dream of Illumination.

On the occasion of their film,
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Film Review: Inuyashiki (2018) by Shinsuke Sato

58 year old Ichiro Inuyashiki is a down trodden loser working in sales for a company who doesn’t want him, to pay for a mortgage for his wife and kids who couldn’t care less about him. Ichiro’s life seems like it can’t get any worse, until a letter sends him to the doctor’s office, where he is told he has a terminal illness. He attempts to confide in his family, but is completely disregarded due to their disdain towards him. Upon arriving home one night, he finds a dog that was left on his door step who he so wishes to befriend, but in keeping up with his wife’s wishes tries to abandon in a park. In his attempt to discard the dog, a bright light in the sky renders him unconscious and upon awakening the next day, he begins to experience new found abilities and a new found body.
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Eureka Entertainment to release Cure

Eureka Entertainment to release Cure (Kyua), Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s mesmerising and hypnotic psychological thriller, on home video for the first time in the UK on 23 April 2018 as part of The Masters of Cinema Series in a Dual Format edition featuring a Limited Edition O-card (First 2000 copies only).

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.
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Here Are the 20 Best Asian Films of 2017 Part 1

2017 was a strange year for Asian cinema, after the impressive 2016, where “Godzilla”, “Your Name”, Nikkatsu’s new Roman films and the latest films by Park Chan-wook, Na Hong-jin and “Train to Busan” turned the interest of the international audience towards Se Asia, once more.

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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Blade Of The Immortal (2017) Red Band Movie Trailer: Samurai Manji Can’t Die

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Blade of the Immortal Red Band Trailer The red band movie trailer for Blade of the Immortal / Mugen no jûnin (2017) has been released by Magnet Releasing. Takashi Miike‘s last samurai film, 13 Assassins / Jûsan-nin no shikaku, had a mixture of humor, strategy, battles, and bloodshed. This trailer for Blade [...]

Continue reading: Blade Of The Immortal (2017) Red Band Movie Trailer: Samurai Manji Can’t Die
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Giveaway - Win a 13 Assassins miniature sword and Blu-ray copy of the film - Now Closed

13 Assassins (Jûsan-nin no shikaku) sees director Takashi Miike, the man behind such uncompromising and unforgettable movies as Audition and Ichi The Killer indelibly stamping his trademark style on the Samurai genre with an ultra-violent, all-action, blood-spattered epic that is out now on DVD and Blu-ray.

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.

Read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter the giveaway…

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,
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365 Days, 100 Films #19 - 13 Assassins (2010)

13 Assassins (Jûsan-nin no shikaku), 2010.

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
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13 Assassins review

Relentlessly prolific filmmaker Takashi Miike turns his hand to the period samurai genre with 13 Assassins. Here’s Nick’s review…

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
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HeyUGuys World Cinema Trailer Park – Week Ending Sunday 8th May

HeyUGuys brings you the latest in World Cinema film trailers in association with Film Dates UK.

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.
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Reptiles and Samurai

It might have something to do with the fact that I'm hip deep in the novel Shogun right now, but 13 Assassins is at the top of my watch list.  13 Assassins, remake of the 1963 film Jûsan-nin no shikaku (What?  Didn't know that?  Don't worry, IMDb barely remembers), looks to be one of the great action epics.  What is better than a a good ol' fashioned action epic?  One that is actually old fashion.  Director Takashi Miike has limited the CGI effects to few, if any.  Squibs, pyrotechnics, and corn syrup.  I'm sure it's a bit more sophisticated than that, but you get my point.
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Takashi Miike’s 13 Assassins: Review

Director: Takashi Miike. Review: Dan King. Miike directs a Samurai epic! Admittedly I had pretty much made up my mind about this film after reading the plot, and watching the annoyingly unrevealing trailer. I'm pleased to say that it didn't disappoint. The premise is simple - A former shogun advisor asks a retired Samurai, Shizaemon (Kôji Yakusho), to assassinate a sadistic (and heavily guarded) Lord with a thirst for torture and designs on war. Shizaemon recruits a group of fellow Samurai and a Ronin to achieve what seems to be a suicidal task. Taking control of a small village, and being joined by quirky bandit, they build their “town of death” and await the arrival of the Lord and his forces. A remake of the 1963 film Jûsan-nin no shikaku (Eiichi Kudo), Miike's film brings the Samurai epic kicking and screaming into the 21st century. While faithful to the original this
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Movie Review - 13 Assassins (2010)

13 Assassins (Jûsan-nin no shikaku), 2010.

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
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Takashi Miike's acclaimed 13 Assasins gets an awesome Us trailer

Thirteen Assassins has basically been acclaimed across the board with rave reviews coming from everyone who's seen it. It's seriously been a while since I've seen such widespread love of a film and it really makes me want to catch up with this one. Marina certainly loved it when she saw it at Viff last year.

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.
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Check This Out: Sweet Illustrated Poster for Miike's '13 Assassins'!

Hell yea, this looks frickin' sweet! I totally have to feature this awesome new illustrated poster that just hit on Cinematical for Japanese director Takashi Miike's latest crazy martial arts film 13 Assassins, which is getting a limited release this spring. I'm pretty sure we've featured a trailer for this before, but haven't seen an official Us trailer for it at all, unless we missed it somewhere. Anyway, Film School Rejects also recently debuted a cool poster for the upcoming Us release of Miike's remake of Eiichi Kudo's 1963 film, but I think this poster is actually making me interested in seeing it again. Can't go wrong with Takashi Miike, right?! Check out the awesome new illustrated poster for Takashi Miike's 13 Assassins as debuted by Cinematical: Thirteen assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord. Based on Eiichi Kudo's 1963 film. Thirteen Assassins, or Jûsan-nin no shikaku,
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67th Venice Film Festival In-Competition List Includes Black Swan, Somewhere, and Drei

Earlier this week, the fifty films showing at the Toronto International Film Festival were announced. Today, we have a list of the films showing in-competition at this year’s Venice Film Festival. Highlights of the Festival include Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, Richard J. Lewis’ Barney’s Version, Julian Schnabel’s Miral, and Tom Tykwer’s Drei. What’s also cool about this list is that we see the runtimes of each of the films. However, it’s not unusual for a film to undergo changes between a festival and its general release.

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 AronofskyBlack Swan

USA, 103′

Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder

Ascanio CelestiniLa Pecora Nera

Italia, 93′

Ascanio Celestini,
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67th Venice Film Festival Line-Up Announced

The line-up for the 67th Venice Film Festival has finally been announced and we've handily posted the runners and riders below...

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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Multiple Personality Disorder report

Ok lots of stuff.. here we go.

#1: Bruce MacDonald's does Asian fetish in next film Lucky Ho

It will be backed by Arclight films and the new Canuck production co Foundtain features. It's an action thriller about a teenage Kung Fu fighter in a schoolgirl uniform. via THR

#2: New poster for Metropia

Vincent Gallo voices in this paranoid mindf*ck. (teaser). via Catsuka

#3: Mad Max 4 shooting at the end of 2009?

What happened to the anime? (news here) George Miller has reportedly started scouting locations and might be shooting by the end of the year. Sorry folks, Gibson won't be returning. via contact music

#4: Jake West's (Doghouse) next film will be Kill Darlings

Uhm reports in an interview: "One of them is called Kill Darlings that is based off a comic book he wrote that has not been published yet. Its kind of like
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Takashi Miike to direct live-action adaptation of Ninja Manga Takeru

Looks like Takashi Miike isn’t fully occupied with his planned remake of Eiichi Kudo’s classic Thirteen Assassins (Juusan-nin no Shikaku) since THR reports that the Japanese director will also helm the live-action adaptation of Buichi Terasawa’s Takeru manga. Miike has already directed several films based on manga sources, such as Ichi, Mpd Psycho, Yatterman and Crows Zero. Takeru is set is a fictious world in which the ninja Takeru Ichimonji fights for his girlfriend’s life. Shooting is supposed to start in October 2010, the 30M Us$ project will be produced by several Pan-asian companies based in Thailand, China and Korea.

[via Ann & @jgtokyo]

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