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Honouring Japan at the 41ST FESTIVAL DU NOUVEAU CINÉMA

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HONOURING JAPAN AT THE 41ST FESTIVAL DU NOUVEAU CINÉMA   Pop trade and culture of the avant-garde. This year, the Festival du nouveau cinéma is honouring Japan. Operation seduction, post Fukushima and other disasters, far from the media stereotypes of a culture and a country that have always fascinated the West. It is the ideal opportunity for public and journalists alike to reflect on a film industry that is among the most important, dynamic and influential in the worl...

JAPAN CUTS the New York Festival Contemporary Japanese Cinema

JAPAN CUTS
THE NEW YORK FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE CINEMA

July 12-28, 2012


"North America's premiere showcase for Japanese film" (Firefox News), JAPAN CUTS is an inimitable platform for contemporary Japanese cinema, showing the diversity and vitality of one of the most exciting world cinemas, and ranging from refined, high-concept art house titles to popular and grindhouse genre movies. In its sixth consecutive year, JAPAN CUTS 2012 includes close to 40 titles screening from July 12 to 28, with 12 co-presentations with the New York Asian Film Festival (NYAFF, 11th edition), with which it forms a winning summer fest combination that shows 100 films annually.  As its centerpiece, this year’s edition of the festival will highlight the career of living Japanese film legend 
Koji Yakusho. Visit the website for information and to purchase tickets!

 

Thursday, July 12

6:30 - Asura

8:15 - Smuggler

 

Friday, July 13

6:30 - Hard Romanticker

8:40 - The Atrocity Exhibition (Let's Make the Teacher… + Big Gun + Henge)

 

Saturday, July 14

1:00 - Scabbard Samurai

3:15 - Tokyo Playboy Club

5:30 - Gyo

7:15 - Love Strikes! + Striking Love! JAPAN CUTS Opening Party!*

 

Sunday, July 15

1:30 - Ace Attorney

4:15 - Tormented

6:00 - Monsters Club*

8:00 - Chips

 

Tuesday, July 17

7:30 - Zombie Ass

 

Wednesday, July 18

7:30 - Girls for Keeps

 

Thursday, July 19

6:30 - Someday

8:30 - 9 Souls

 

Friday, July 20

7:00 - The Woodsman and the Rain, Centerpiece Gala Presentation*

 

Saturday, July 21

1:00 - Shall We Dance?

3:30 - Toad's Oil

6:00 - Chronicle of My Mother

8:20 - 13 Assassins*

11:00 - Cure

 

Sunday, July 22

1:00 - Love Strikes!

3:15 - No Man's Zone*

5:20 - About the Pink Sky

7:20 - Isn't Anyone Alive?

9:30 - Roadside Fugitive

 

Tuesday, July 24

7:00 - Rebirth

 

Wednesday, July 25

7:00 - Rent-a-Cat*

9:15 - Ushijima the Loan Shark

 

Tuesday, July 26

7:00 - Don't Stop! + DON'T STOP! JAPAN CUTS Party*

 

Friday, July 27

7:00 – Leonie*

 

Saturday, July 28

1:00 - A Gentle Rain Falls for Fukushima

3:00 - Women on the Edge

5:00 - Lonely Swallows

7:00 - The Brat!

9:00 - Space Battleship Yamato

 

*Director or actor introduction and/or Q&A!

The Durban International Film Festival returns

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The Durban International Film Festival returns for its 33rd year to celebrate the magic of cinema in all its beauty and diversity. From the 19th to the 29th July, Durban will be illuminated by the glow of the silver screen, with over 290 screenings in 10 venues across the city. Alongside world-class cinema from across the globe, comprising 80 feature films, 40 documentaries and 45 short films, the festival offers a comprehensive workshop and seminar programme that facilitates the sharing...

Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) line up revealed

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At a press conference at Filmhouse in Edinburgh this morning, Artistic Director Chris Fujiwara announced details of his inaugural programme for the 66th edition of the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF). This year the Festival, which runs from 20 June to 1 July, will host nineteen World premieres and thirteen International premieres. The Festival will showcase one hundred and twenty-one new features from fifty-two countries, including eleven European premieres and seventy-six UK...

Yukuharu

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Director: Jason Gray.
Kiku and Shunsuke are elementary school classmates. On their way home, they tease and threaten to reveal each others' secrets. As signs of childhood love begin to bloom with the chance for a first kiss, an unforeseen tragedy arises...

Japanese films to screen at London's TERRACOTTA FESTIVAL 2012

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The Terracotta Far East Film Festival will take place from 12th to 15th April 2012 at the Prince Charles Cinema.    With a stunning line-up of films hand-picked from the best of the region, encompassing diverse genres from comedy to drama to horror and everything in between, the festival will continue to hold exclusive Q&As, masterclasses and fabulous parties. Each year the festival strives to improve on last year and to discover new talent and fans of Japanese c...

Terracotta Festival, London Asian Film Festival announces guests

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 TERRACOTTA FESTIVAL 2012, the 4th edition of the London Far East Film Festival, is proud to welcome some very talented actors and directors from Japan, Taiwan and China: Denden, Da Ching, Toshiaki Toyoda and Guo Xiaolu for a weekend of movies, Q&As, Masterclasses and parties at the Prince Charles Cinema in London, on 12th - 15th April 2012 DENDEN - HIMIZU ACTOR - will hold a Q&A after the screening of Himizu. Most well-known in the UK for his award-winning performance as...

TERRACOTTA FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES OPENING AND CLOSING FILMS: MY WAY AND HIMIZU

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  OPENING FILM MY WAY In recent years, cross-border productions have been flourishing and Terracotta are thrilled to be opening the festival on Thursday 12th April 2012 with one of the most high-profile and ambitious examples to date, the Korean war epic MY WAY.   From Korean cinema's box office champion Kang Je-Kyu who also directed ‘Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War' and ‘Shiri', MY WAY tells the story of two marathon runners, one Korean and one Japanese, duri...

Nippon Connection 2012 – Preview on the Festival Program

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Nippon Connection 2012 : the 12th Japanese Film Festival, Frankfurt am Main, will take place May 2 - 6, 2012  From May 2 to 6, 2012, Nippon Connection Film Festival, located in Frankfurt am Main, will present the whole spectrum of contemporary Japanese film for the twelfth time. Whether blockbuster or independent film, animation or documentary: numerous works will be presented as premieres with the film makers in attendance. The world’s largest festival of Japanese cinema invites its expecte...

Nippon Connection Festival 2012 focuses on Fukushima

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The date for the 12th Japanese Film Festival Nippon Connection in Frankfurt am Main is set: From May 2-6, 2012, the biggest festival for Japanese cinema worldwide will once more present more than 100 of the latest Japanese short and feature films. The screenings will be accompanied by a comprehensive cultural program ranging from tradition to modernity, as well as by the attendance of numerous filmmakers and artists from Japan presenting their works. The 12th edition of Nippon Conne...

LA EigaFest - An All-New Japanese Film Festival in the Heart of Hollywood!

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Opening Night Film to Feature Q&A with Renown Director Yoshimasa Ishibashi and Star Takayuki Yamada! The 1st annual LA EigaFest will take place from Friday, November 11th to Sunday, November 13th, at the Mann Chinese 6 Theatres at Hollywood and Highland in Los Angeles. The festival will showcase the latest and greatest in Japanese shorts and feature films, opening with Milocrorze: A ...

The Tokyo International film festival to support Tsunami victims

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24th TOKYO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AIMS TO SUPPORT EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI VICTIMS by Alex Deleon   Jūzō Itami  The Tokyo International film festival (TIFF) which came into being in 1985 and is now in its 24th edition forms, is, along with Pusan in neighboring Korea, what might be called the "one-two punch" of leading Asian film festivals. This festival started off slowly and was only held every other year between 1985 and 1991, but fi...

Five Flavors Film Festival in Poland focuses on eastern Asia

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5th edition of Five Flavors Film Festival, which will take place from the 20th till 25th of October in Poland, in three main cities: Warsaw, Krakow and Poznan (November). This is the annual and the only Polish overview of Eastern Asian cinematography. This year's edition takes a look at Taiwanese cinematography. We'll present 13 films, including a selection of masterpieces from Hou Hsiao-hsien, a few older titles to present Taiwanese New Wave. Another sections of the fifth edition are Taste of ...

New York, 2011 Japan Cuts Film Festival

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For the last five consecutive years JAPAN CUTS, the New York festival of contemporary Japanese Cinema   has been embedded in the New York Asian Film Festival and steadily gained in importance. There are now more films from Japan at the NY Asian Film Festival than from any other country. Programmed during the Film Festival, at the Walter Read Theater and the Japan Society from July 1-14, 35 Japanese films were shown. It included 32 new titles, mostly premieres which were presented only once. Th...

Second ZIPANGU FEST to kick off at London's ICA

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This year’s celebration of cutting edge Japanese cinema will get under way from November 17th to 24th Following the success of last year’s inaugural festival, the second Zipangu Fest – celebrating the best of cutting edge and avant garde Japanese cinema – will be held at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts from November 17th to 24th, before moving to venues around the UK. Showcasing a selection of Japan’s finest features, documentaries, shorts, anima...

Indian Cinema takes the spotlight at DIFF

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The remarkably diverse cinema of India is celebrated at the 32nd Durban International Film Festival this year, with a focus on both the classic and the daringly contemporary, with music and art also finding a prominent place. Six films from the great Indian master Satyajit Ray will be presented, alongside fine works by talented new Indian filmmakers, an exhibition dedicated to Bollywood by artist Ranjit Dahiya, and a performance by Indian slide-guitar maestro Debasish Bhattacharya. Taking plac...

Nippon Connection 2011 – Festival Program completed

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11th Japanese Film Festival in FrankfurtApril 27 – May 1, 2011The program for the eleventh Japanese Film Festival Nippon Connection in Frankfurt is complete. In the 150th year of “German-Japanese Friendship“, the biggest festival for Japanese film worldwide will present an overview of film making in the Land of the Rising Sun, from April 27 to May 1, 2011, featuring many international premieres. More than 100 of the latest film productions from Japan will be shown in the NIPPON CINEMA and ...

The 41st Forum: Cracks in the Facade

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A surprisingly large number of films in the programme of the 41st Berlinale Forum revolve around family, relationships and identity. Although exploring the human psyche is the number one subject for independent filmmakers from the whole world, the majority of these films in this year's selection can also be read politically within the context of social change and political upheaval.   In this way, artist Kelvin K. Park's documentary Cheonggyecheon Medley places the threatened demolition of a tr...

Berlinale 41st Forum: cracks in the facade

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The 41st Forum: Cracks in the Facade A surprisingly large number of films in the programme of the 41st Berlinale Forum revolve around family, relationships and identity. Although exploring the human psyche is the number one subject for independent filmmakers from the whole world, the majority of these films in this year’s selection can also be read politically within the context of social change and political upheaval. In this way, artist Kelvin K. Park’s documentary Cheonggyecheon Medley p...

1st Zipangu Film Festival - Japanese Film is Coming to Town!

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 London’s premiere festival devoted to Japanese cinema announces its much anticipated  first ever programme. During the sold‐out Japanese Halloween Shlockfest Double Bill of RoboGeisha and Big Tits Zombie 3D at London’s Barbican Centre on October 29th, festival director Jasper Sharp will be announcing the full lineup of the inaugural Zipangu Fest, to be held at various venues across the East End of London from November 23rd to 28th.Zipangu Fest begins on Tuesday November 23rd wi...

Last Night (Keira Knightley and Eva Mendes) next Rome opener

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Massy Tadjedin’s Last Night, starring Keira Knightley, a romantic tale of sexual attraction, betrayal, and jealousy, will open the next International Rome Film Festival, running from October 28 to November 5, 2010, at the Auditorium Parco della Musica. Directed by Iranian-American Massy Tadjedin, with a star-studded cast featuring Keira Knightley, Eva Mendes, Sam Worthington, and Guillaume Canet, the film is set to kick off the competition section of the Official Selection. Another hotly-await...

New York: JAPAN CUTS Film Festival

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Co-presented with the New York Asian Film Festival, though most titles were screened at the Japan Society, JAPAN CUTS is the largest Japanese film festival in the United States. Held for the fourth time from July 1st through the 4th, it offered this year during the Asian Film Festival and at the Japan Society 24 titles spanning a wide variety of themes and styles. This diversity in film making approaches is certainly startling ranging from the anime KING OF THORN on a world threatening cold slee...

JAPAN CUTS Festival of Contemporary Japanese Cinema (July 1-16)

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JAPAN CUTS returns with the only large-scale Japanese film festival in North America, offering U.S. and NY premieres of the latest and best in Japanese cinema. In its fourth consecutive year, the summer festival will screen over 20 titles (the most ever!), including co-presentations with the New York Asian Film Festival (July 1-4) and a special selection of films from the last decade (Best of Unreleased Naughties!) which have not been treated to U.S. release.

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Digitally restored Rashomon to screen

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NEW DIGITAL RESTORATION RASHOMON
(Japan 1950) Directed by Akira KurosawaStarring: Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyo 88 min / b/w / cert 12AA BFI releasewww.bfi.org.uk/releases
Release date: 18 June 2010Opening Venues: BFI Southbank, Irish Film Centre, plus venues tbcTo coincide with Akira Kurosawa’s centenary, the BFI is delighted to release to cinemas on June 18 the stunning 2008 Academy Film Archive restoration of Rashomon, the brilliant and hugely influential meditation on the relativ...

VOLUPTUOUS PEARL QUEEN GETS REVENGE AT UDINE FAREAST FILM FESTIVAL

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REVENGE OF THE PEARL QUEEN 55 years after a very young Japanese actress became a big hit in her native country upon revealing a scantily-wrapped magnificent figure, Udine FAREAST Film Festival has spotlighted another Shintoho vintage treasure movie this morning, at the Visionario Cinema. Although Maeda MICHIKO, the star of the 1956 film, directed b...
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