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Film Review: Yakuza Apocalypse (2015) by Takashi Miike

Well on the march to film 100 by this point in his career, legendary director Takashi Miike had made his name with prolific entries in both the gangster/yakuza and horror genres. The attempt to mix both of his prominent setups was too high a calling card for him as the end result was a high-class mash-up under the title ‘Gokudô daisenso,’ internationally released as “Yakuza Apocalypse”.

In the ruthless underground world of the yakuza, no one is more legendary than boss Genyo Kamiura, who is rumored to be invincible due to his vampire powers. Among his gang is Akira Kageyama, his most loyal underling, but the others in the gang view him with disdain and ridicule him for his inability to get tattooed due to sensitive skin. One day, assassins aware of boss Kamiura’s secret arrive from abroad and deliver him an ultimatum: Return to the
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Bleach Review

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Ichigo Kurosaki is a 16-year old high school student with a special ability – he can see ghosts! After his family is attacked by a malevolent spirit known as a Hollow, Ichigo, with the help of Soul Reaper Rukia Kuchiki, must become a Soul Reaper himself in order to save the ones he loves most.

Based on the incredibly popular and successful Manga and Anime of the same name, Bleach is Netflix’s latest live action film to attempt to capture the essence of one of Japan’s greatest exports and after lackluster efforts such as Fullmetal Alchemist, I am pleased to report that this may just be the best endeavor to date.

Directed by Shinsuke Sato, the film follows the anime’s first arc in which Ichigo initially receives his powers and must help Rukia overcome the Soul Reapers Byakuya and Renji after she breaks the Shinigami code whilst also
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Hollywood Enjoys Rare Dominance of Japan Box Office in First Half Year

  • Variety
Hollywood Enjoys Rare Dominance of Japan Box Office in First Half Year
Bucking a decade-long box office trend toward local films, Hollywood dominated the Japanese movie-going in the first half of 2018. But the respite in the world’s number three theatrical market may not last.

The number one and two films for the January-June period, “Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer” ($76 million) and “Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Treasure Island” ($47 million), were local and the new entries in long-running anime series. Counting the $34 million for number five “Shoplifters,” Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Palme-d’Or-winning family drama, Japanese films in the top ten earned a total of $157 million. That compares with the $209 million earned by the seven Hollywood films in the top ten.

Hollywood’s successes were an eclectic bunch. Fox’s “The Greatest Showman” beat any of the franchise titles, earning $48 million. “The Boss Baby” earned $30.7 million for Toho-Towa, making Japan the number two international result for the Fox comedy.

The top foreign distributor
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UK Distributor Arrow Films Streamlines Operations With The Departure Of Two Key Executives

  • Deadline
Exclusive: UK distributor Arrow Films is streamlining operations with the departure of long-time executives Tom Stewart and Jon Sadler.

Stewart has been Arrow Films acquisitions director since 2010, while Sadler has been marketing director since 2012. Both left the firm yesterday and aren’t being immediately replaced, I understand.

Stewart, a veteran of UK distribution firms including Metrodome, High Fliers and Fremantle, picked up movies including Gaspar Noé’s Cannes 2018 title Climax, Margot Robbie starrer Terminal and Gillies MacKinnon’s breakout Whisky Galore. Sadler, formerly of Metrodome, oversaw successful campaigns for the likes of Danish drama Love Is All You Need and the aforementioned Whisky Galore.

Stewart, who is exploring next moves in the business, told us that he wanted to “thank industry for their support” during his tenure and that he had “honestly loved the experience and was so very proud of my own personal achievements and being able to watch
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Film Review: Blade of the Immortal (2017) by Takashi Miike

“Consider yourself lucky, At least you can die.”

Japanese director Takashi Miike downplays his pride about having made his 100th film with “Blade of the Immortal”, and indeed, whether they are 100 or 50 or 20, what counts is the quality of the body of work one has made over the years. And while there may have been weaker entries, the overall impression Miike’s films leave behind is one of versatility, creativity and provocation, since, even with an average of six to seven films per year none of his works feel as if they have been churned out. Instead, we witness the film of a true auteur, one who works fast and is unafraid of the changing tones and genres he has worked with.

During the 2017 Sitges Film Festival, Miike described how it does not matter to him which film he is working on since he approaches every one
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Now on Blu-ray: Miike's Blade Of The Immortal Shreds in HD

Miike Takashi turns 100(ish) with his latest full length feature, the adaptation of hugely popular manga Blade of the Immortal. The film stars Kimura Takuya as Manji, a swordsman cursed with immortality whose only way out of his hell of eternal violence is to kill 1,000 enemies. As he dutifully takes up the challenge, he runs into a young girl named Rin whose parents were murdered. Haunted by the spectre of his own slain sister, Manji takes Rin under his wing and goes on a journey to make all of this violence mean something by avenging the girl and possibly saving his own soul. Guillem Rosset reviewed Blade of the Immortal when it screened at the prestigious Sitges Festival of Fantastic Films last summer and...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...]
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Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg thriller 'Terminal' sells to UK (exclusive)

Arrow Films takes title, notes for summer release.

Arrow Films has picked up UK rights from Highland Film Group to Vaughn Stein’s noir thriller Terminal starring Oscar nominee Margot Robbie (I, Tonya) and Simon Pegg.

Arrow has earmarked a summer release for Terminal, which follows the intertwined lives of two assassins, a teacher battling a fatal illness, an enigmatic janitor, and a curious waitress leading a double life.

Mike Myers, Max Irons, Dexter Fletcher and Nick Moran also star.

Robbie produced alongside Tom Ackerley and Josey McNamara through their LuckyChap Entertainment, with David Barron of BeaglePug, Highland Film Group’s Arianne Fraser, Molly Hassell, and Teun Hilte.

Arrow acquisitions director Tom Stewart said: “Arrow Films is incredibly thrilled to be bringing Terminal to UK and Irish audiences this summer. We’re also delighted to be again working with everyone at Highland along with all the incredible talent involved.”

Stein added: “I am delighted to be working
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Slay your enemies (and friends) with signed Blade Of The Immortal posters and Blu-rays

Takashi Miike is a busy man—you don’t get to 100 films by sitting on your ass—but in between project, he managed to sign a few posters and Blu-rays for his latest film, Blade Of The Immortal, which hits DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray steelbook today. We’re partial to this garish, gory (but in a good way) manga adaptation…

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February 13th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Hellraiser: Judgment, Drag Me To Hell Collector’s Edition, Night Of The Living Dead (1968) Criterion Collection

  • DailyDead
If you’ve been procrastinating on getting that special someone a gift for Valentine’s Day, perhaps you might be able to find a few ideas amongst this week’s Blu-ray and DVD releases. The big titles for February 13th include a pair of titles from Criterion—Night of the Living Dead in 4K and The Silence of the Lambs—and Scream Factory has put together a stellar Collector’s Edition set for Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell.

For those of you with an affection for cult cinema, there are brand new Blu-ray releases of several notable films, including Leatherface: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, The Blood Spattered Bride, Night of the Seagulls, and a double feature of Chaos and Don’t Look in the Basement from the fine folks at Kino Lorber.

Recent titles arriving to various home entertainment formats this week include Blade of the Immortal and Hellraiser: Judgment,
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Blade of the Immortal DVD and Signed Poster Giveaway

Magnolia Pictures is releasing Takashi Miike’s Blade of the Immortal, number one in Afv’s list of the Best Films of 2017, on the Us, on DVD and Blu Ray format, starting February 13th, and presents the readers of Asian Movie Pulse who reside in the Us with an opportunity to win a signed poster paired with one DVD, and two additional DVDs, as individual prizes. All you have to do to be included in the draw is like and share the post on Facebook or Twitter.

The draw is for three winners, who have to reside in the Us. One will win the signed poster depicted on this article along with a DVD of the film and the other two, one DVD each. The competition will end February 16.

For those of you unfortunate enough not to win, you can always

Buy This Title
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‘Blade of the Immortal’ Giveaway: Enter to Win a Prize Pack For Takashi Miike’s 100th Film

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‘Blade of the Immortal’ Giveaway: Enter to Win a Prize Pack For Takashi Miike’s 100th Film
For many U.S. horror lovers, Takashi Miike holds a special place for 2001’s “Ichi the Killer” and 1999’s “Audition,” which shock with unapologetic violence, gratuitous gore, and truly demented killers. With 2017’s “Blade of the Immortal,” Miike once again unleashes blood and guts in his wonderfully over the top adaptation of a popular manga, a film which also happens to be the Japanese auteur’s one hundredth feature film.

Blade of the Immortal” premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, where IndieWire’s Eric Kohn praised Miike’s ability to be innovative, saying the film suggested a new approach for comic book adaptions and that Miike “knows what his audience wants, and boy, does he give it to them.”

Read More:‘Blade of the Immortal’ Review: Takashi Miike’s Landmark Feature Is One of His Most Lethal Genre Offerings Ever — Cannes

To celebrate the Blu-ray release of “Blade of the Immortal
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Magnet Releasing Acquires Worldwide Rights to Roxanne Benjamin’s New Movie Body At Brighton Rock

  • DailyDead
Following her well-received segments in the horror anthology films Southbound and Xx, Roxanne Benjamin is making her feature-length debut with Body at Brighton Rock, a new survival thriller that's been acquired by Magnet Releasing.

Body At Brighton Rock is expected to be released later this year, and we'll be sure to keep you updated when more news is announced. In the meantime, we have the official press release below with additional details:

Press Release: New York, NY (January 29, 2018) – Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, announced today that they have acquired worldwide rights to survival thriller Body At Brighton Rock from Soapbox Films and Protostar Pictures, based off an original screenplay by acclaimed writer and director Roxanne Benjamin (Xx, Southbound). The feature debut from Benjamin stars Karina Fontes as an inexperienced park ranger who must spend the night guarding a potential crime scene on a remote mountain trail.

Produced by Christopher Alender,
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Takashi Miike’s Blade Of The Immortal Coming to Blu-ray & DVD on February 13th

On February 13th, an immortal samurai's vengeance can be yours to own. Takashi Miike's centennial film Blade of the Immortal is coming to Blu-ray and DVD courtesy of Magnolia Home Entertainment, and it comes with five special features. Continue reading for specs and a look at the red band trailer in case you missed it.

Blu-ray.com reports that Blade of the Immortal, Takashi Miike's 100th film, will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on February 13th from Magnolia Home Entertainment. The Blu-ray release will include the following special features:

Manji vs. 300 - Featurette Takuya Kimura Interview Cast Interviews Poster Gallery Original Trailers

Synopsis: "Cursed with immortality, a highly skilled samurai in feudal Japan promises to help a young woman avenge the death of her parents. Their mission leads them into a bloody battle with a ruthless warrior and his band of master swordsmen."

Directed by Takashi Miike and
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'Legend Of The Demon Cat' leads Asian Film Awards nominations

Angels Wear White, Youth and The Third Murder also score multiple nods.

Source: 21st Century Shengkai Film

‘Legend Of The Demon Cat’

Chen Kaige’s lavish period drama Legend Of The Demon Cat racked up the most nominations for this year’s Asian Film Awards, with six nods in all, including best director.

The co-production between Hong Kong, China and Japan was also nominated for best supporting actress (Kitty Zhang Yuqi), cinematography, costume design, production design and visual effects. However, the film wasn’t nominated in the best film category.

Three films scored five nods apiece and were all nominated for best film – Vivian Qu’s Angels Wear White and Feng Xiaogang’s Youth, both from mainland China, and Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda’s The Third Murder.

Rounding out the best film category are Newton from Indian filmmaker Amit V. Masurkar and The Day After from South Korea’s Hong Sangsoo, which both racked
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Here's My Long List of Favorite Films of 2017

I'm happy to finally be able to share my list of favorite movies from 2017. There have been a lot of great movies this year that loved. It's always hard putting together these end of the year lists, but I put together a list of over 20 films that are my favorites of the year. I've found that I don't like to limit myself to only picking ten movies like most critics.

I just want to reiterate that this is my favorites list. It's not necessarily a "best of" list, although I do believe that some of these are the best of the year. This is just my opinion, and I'm well aware of the fact that not all of you will agree with it, which is fine! I don't expect you to.

We all have different tastes in movies and there's something out there for all of us. I believe that
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The Best Movie Posters of 2017

“Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover” is a proverb whose simple existence proves the fact impressionable souls will do so without fail. This monthly column (with a special year-end retrospective today) focuses on the film industry’s willingness to capitalize on this truth, releasing one-sheets to serve as not representations of what audiences are to expect, but as propaganda to fill seats. Oftentimes they fail miserably.

It’s kind of crazy to see how far the poster industry has come in the past few years. Where we used to get excited for the latest Mondo sheet because of how rare and wholly original they were six years ago, it seems as though every IMAX release these days gets an illustrative “limited” print regardless of the title. Studios have embraced that aesthetic without sacrificing what they know, compromising so fans get the pretty designs and theaters get the fifty
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The BFI’s seven biggest distribution awards of 2017

From foreign language hits to gritty UK drama, Screen charts the BFI’s biggest grants in 2017.1= The Handmaiden, Curzon, £150,000

Source: Curzon

The Handmaiden

Curzon’s charge is the only non-Bollywood and non-Polish foreign-language title to cross £1m this year. Park Chan-wook’s Cannes 2016 competition drama found its way to an impressive £1.35m.

1= Elle, Picturehouse, £150,000

Source: Picturehouse

Elle

The Picturehouse-Trafalgar-Lionsgate release was the second-biggest foreign-language film of the year with £863,000.

1= Lady Macbeth, Altitude, £150,000

Source: Altitude

Lady Macbeth

UK indie darling Lady Macbeth reached 104 cinemas in the first week of release and made it past £800,000.

2 Personal Shopper, Icon, £125,000

Source: Icon

Personal Shopper

The Kristen Stewart ghost story, a Cannes 2016 title, scared up £283,000.

3= My Life As A Courgette, Thunderbird, £100,000

Source: Thunderbird

My Life As A Courgette

My Life As a Courgette, which played in dubbed and subtitled versions, opened with £38,500 from 58 cinemas (£56,000 including previews) but failed to take off despite acclaim.
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The BFI’s seven biggest distribution awards of 2017

From foreign language hits to gritty UK drama, Screen charts the BFI’s biggest grants in 2017.1= The Handmaiden, Curzon, £150,000

Source: Curzon

The Handmaiden

Curzon’s charge is the only non-Bollywood and non-Polish foreign-language title to cross £1m this year. Park Chan-wook’s Cannes 2016 competition drama found its way to an impressive £1.35m.

1= Elle, Picturehouse, £150,000

Source: Picturehouse

Elle

The Picturehouse-Trafalgar-Lionsgate release was the second-biggest foreign-language film of the year with £863,000.

1= Lady Macbeth, Altitude, £150,000

Source: Altitude

Lady Macbeth

UK indie darling Lady Macbeth reached 104 cinemas in the first week of release and made it past £800,000.

2 Personal Shopper, Icon, £125,000

Source: Icon

Personal Shopper

The Kristen Stewart ghost story, a Cannes 2016 title, scared up £283,000.

3= My Life As A Courgette, Thunderbird, £100,000

Source: Thunderbird

My Life As A Courgette

My Life As a Courgette, which played in dubbed and subtitled versions, opened with £38,500 from 58 cinemas (£56,000 including previews) but failed to take off despite acclaim.

3= City Of Tiny Lights
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One More Look Back at This Year in a Final 2017 Movie Mashup Video

The year is almost over, there's only a few more movies to open in these final few weeks, but that means it's time to start looking back and appreciating the year in movies. 2017 gave us some incredible movies, big and small, weird and crazy, entertaining and emotional. This final video recap is made by the "Movie Nerds" YouTube channel, and is called (by them) the "2017 Movie Mashup Supercut". It packs in footage from pretty much all of the big movies this year, including Blade Runner 2049, Detroit, Wonder Woman, Blade of the Immortal, Wind River, Raw, Dunkirk, Get Out, Coco, Wonder, Logan, Free Fire, and many others. These end of the year videos are great to watch now, not only to remind you of all the good times in the cinema, but give you a few hints at some movies you might've missed and still need to catch up with.
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