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Tokyo CINEMASTERS Film Festival Calls for Entries

Welcome to Tokyo CINEMASTERS International Film Festival.  We are hosting our 1st Annual Festival in OCT 1st 2020 at Tokyo Cine Center. Through discovering films and directing talent from across the globe, our film festival was founded with the mission of developing the next generation of cinema.  Japan loves all cinema, regardless of country, language, or race.  The culture of watching films with subtitles is well established here, with releases from a multitude of natio...

Tokyo CINEMASTERS Film Festival Call for Entries

Welcome to Tokyo CINEMASTERS International Film Festival. 
We are hosting our 1st Annual Festival in OCT 1st 2020 at Tokyo Cine Center.

Through discovering films and directing talent from across the globe, our film festival was founded with the mission of developing the next generation of cinema. 
Japan loves all cinema, regardless of country, language, or race. 
The culture of watching films with subtitles is well established here, with releases from a multitude of nations each year. 

However, the majority of those releases are limited to commercial movies. The reality is that there are a wealth of fantastic overseas directors and films lying dormant that we’re never exposed to. The lack of “international” film festivals in Japan has also been an issue.

Based in Tokyo, a place where new and diverse booms are born, this festival brings together films and people active on a global stage. 
A festival where you can see cinematic work that cross boundaries of race and language.

Midway, Review: Exactly

Midway, Review: Exactly When you make a war movie, based on facts, you might be motivated to give a slightly balanced view of events, for every country that goes to war has its reasons and its heroes. Your sympathies might lie with the nation where the film is produced, yet, unless your motive is jingoism and ultra-nationalism, you will give some weightage to the enemy’s point of view. Also, a faithful recreation means detailing and realistic characterisation, which when juxtaposed agai...

Production Design on “Isle of Dogs”: A Chat with the Fantastic Mr. Paul Harrod

Paul Harrod says one of his favorite sculptors is August Rodin. It’s not a name you’d imagine getting love from the Portland co-production designer of Wes Anderson’s stop-motion animation Isle of Dogs. But considering that the visuals of this phantasmagoria jointly styled with Adam Stockhausen are a breakthrough in the art form, it’s no wonder the virtuosity behind them involved the study of a master. Harrod’s more direct influences came from stop-motio...

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...

Sci-Fi London presents Yakuza Weapon at Terracotta Festival

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Terracotta Festival are delighted to announce a reciprocal programming arrangement with SCI-FI-London this year:  Terracotta Festival presented “Gantz” (based on a smash hit Manga) at SCI-FI-LONDON on April 26th, and to reciprocate, SCI-FI-LONDON will present “Yakuza Weapon” at Terracotta Festival on May 7th, 18.00 followed by a Q&A by actor/director TAK SAKAGUCHI ...

Masterclass with Tak Sakaguchi: Acting & Directing Action Films

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Tak Sakaguchi is coming to London to attend the 3rd Terracotta Festival on May 7th at Prince Charles Cinema. If you are an aspiring film maker, DOP, action choreographer, or someone interested in action films and how they are made, we are holding a FREE masterclass with action actor and director Tak Sakaguchi on Saturday May 7th,  12.00 - 12.50 Buy a ticket to any film at the festival and register for the masterclass for free. http://terracottafestival.com/events/2011/masterclass-...

Yakuza Weapon

Tak Sakaguchi holds free masterclass about directing action movie on Saturday 7th May 11.55 am at Terracotta Festival

San Diego Asian Film Festival

The 14th Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF)  was held November 7-16, 2013.   SDAFF is one of the largest showcases of Pan-Asian Cinema in North America with over 120 films premiering from over 20 different countries. For more information please visit www.sdaff.org or contact info@sdaff.org

Recently named by USA Today as one of the 10 reasons to visit San Diego, the annual San Diego Asian Film Festival is the flagship event of Pacific Arts Movement (formerly the San Diego Asian Film Foundation), a non-profit media arts organization specializing in Asian and Asian American cinema.

Founded in 2000, the Festival has grown to become the largest exhibition of Asian cinema in the western United States, and has showcased everything from future classics like Bong Joon-ho’s Memories of Murder (US Premiere) to luminary independent work like Patrick Wang’s award-winning In the Family (North American Premiere).

Pacific Arts Movement also presents the SDAFF Spring Showcase, a mini-festival in April, as well as year-round quarterly screenings and community events.

Zipangu Fest - Tetsuaki Matsue In Conversation

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 Tetsuaki Matsue is a young Japanese indie filmmaker (of Korean descent, which he explored in his graduation film, Annyong Kimchi) who is currently at the forefront of Japan's indie scene. Having successfully directed a documentary about AV actress Yumika Hayashi, Annyong Yumika (also in the festival), after the discovery of her involvement in a low-budget Korean production. He attended the festival due to his latest film, Live Tape, which took the Japanese festival circuit by surprise due to ...

Zipangu Fest X Close-Up: Nippon Year Zero @ Bethnal Green Working Man's Club

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I was the filmmaking volunteer for the first ever edition of the Zipangu Fest and attended every single event. The Fest opened with a collaboration with Close-Up (film library - http://www.closeupfilmcentre.com/) - Nippon Year Zero. A programme focused on Japanese 60's  and 70's experimental shorts:  War GamesDir. Donald Richie, 1962, 22min, 16mm Sparse and lingering - an interesting study of innocence and the essence of civilization.     Dead YouthDir. Donald Richie, 19...

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...

LFF - Sawako Decides [2010] dir Yuya Ishii

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SAWAKO DECIDES is all about Sawako, a country girl who eloped to Tokyo when she was young and stupid. Five years on, she is working her fifth crap job and on her fifth boyfriend. She sees herself as a "middling woman looking for a middling man". With no great ambitions, she goes from humiliating situation to humiliating situation. Her uncle begs her to return home as her father, who runs a freshwater clam business, is seriously ill in hospital. She is reluctant to return and be reprima...

*Raindance Preview Review* Yellow Kid [2009] dir Tetsuya Mariko

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 YELLOW KID tells the story of Tamura, a young man who inspired by the "Yellow Kid" comic character decides to become a boxer. We are then introduced to Hattori, a mangaka who is looking to make a sequel to the original "Yellow Kid" and insinuates his way into a boxing gym to find his inspiration. Add to this a violent young thug, Enomoto, the middleweight boxing champion, Mikuni, who is engaged to Hattori's ex-girlfriend and just a few comic book sequences, that's Yellow Ki...

*Raindance Preview Review* Lost and Found [2008] dir Nobuyuki Miyake

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Miyake's film is exactly what it says on the tagline - "Something that is once lost but is found again."The characters in this film bump into each other by losing and finding things around a nameless train station. It is film dependent on causality and it is a rather affecting film. You begin to reflect on what you lost and what you have found. Ultimately, it is all about life. Life is all about losing and finding, being at a place and time, somewhere. And those are the best films - th...

*Raindance Preview Review* Boys on the Run [2010] dir Daisuke Miura

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  "Boys on the Run" (ボーイズ・オン・ザ・ラン) is most definitely a strange beast. The debut feature of successful theatre director, Daisuke Miura and starring Kazunobu Mineta (The Shonen Merickensack, Oh My Buddha) in the main role. Based on a manga of the same name, as many Japanese films are.  The description attached to it does not even come near to describing what this film really is - "A dementedly hilarious sex-comedy about a 29-year-old virgin obsessed...

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

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 Offering you the roughest, the sharpest... and the smoothest of today’s cutting-edge film scene!

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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Mad, Bad... & Dangerous to Know: Three Untamed Beauties

March 31 - April 18 At the opposite end of the stereotype of docile Japanese women—heroic good mothers, chaste daughters and hardworking faithful wives—actresses Ayako Wakao, Mariko Okada and Meiko Kaji embodied the transgression of limits, breaking rules, flouting norms and generally upsetting everyone. This series explores the idea of unconventional beauty that these spellbinding actresses created through an unparalleled body of films. Both Wakao and Okada were muses and inspiration for two major film directors, Yasuzo Masumura and Kiju (Yoshishige) Yoshida, respectively, while Kaji navigated between filmmakers, a wild card of Japanese cinema at the time. Put together, their films delineate what one could call an aesthetic of “convulsive beauty” (André Breton). Featuring a line-up of 13 films of many different genre, from anti-melodrama to jidaigeki, girl gang movies to women in prison films, with entries from Kiju Yoshida, Yasuzo Masumura and Toshiya Fujita. Don't miss the DRESSED TO KILL party following the opening screening of "Tattoo," Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 7:30 PM. Visit http://www.japansociety.org/content.cfm/mad_bad__dangerous_to_know for full line-up and schedule. Buy Tickets Online or please call the Japan Society Box Office at (212) 715-1258, Mon. - Fri. 11 am - 6 pm, Weekends 11 am - 5 pm.

The Double-Edged Sword: The Chambara Films of Shintaro Katsu & Raizo Ichikawa

December 2009 - May 2010 With the centennial of director Akira Kurosawa’s birth coming up, 2010 will certainly be the year of sword fighting films (chambara)! While Kurosawa will always remain the "Emperor", two actors dominated postwar Japanese genre cinema: Daiei Studios’ cult stars Shintaro Katsu (1931-1997) and Raizo Ichikawa (1931-1969). Two actors, two styles, apparently poles apart yet actually complementary: earthy Katsu was the affable anti-idol rogue, unpredictable on- and off-screen, while ethereal, coolly enigmatic Ichikawa was considered the “James Dean of Japan”. Beyond their differences, both stars instilled in their roles a poisonous poetry and existential angst that lifted their art into genre-transcending territory. Curated by Chris D., genre film expert and author of Outlaw Masters of Japanese Film. Two of the most versatile, underrated and comparatively unknown movie performers post-WWII were not from America or Europe, but from Japan. Shintaro Katsu and Raizo Ichikawa defined their generation as surely as actors like Robert Mitchum, Montgomery Clift, James Dean and Clint Eastwood defined theirs. And like Mitchum and Eastwood they were equally at home in rugged action roles as in heavy drama and light comedy. Katsu’s blind swordman Zatoichi and Ichikawa’s misanthropic halfbreed samurai Kyoshiro Nemuri stand out as unforgettable, iconic characters on the panoramic screen of 20th century world cinema. – Chris D. Join us for this retrospective honoring two Japanese film legends.

Tengu

Director: Roger Walch.
David (Ted Taylor) comes to Japan for one week to study traditional legends. He is supposed to meet Professor Ozawa, a leading expert in the field. But when he arrives, he gets picked up by Ozawa's two female assistants, Sanae (Mimori Sento) and Manami (Sakiko Ikegami). They bring him to a traditional guest-house and accompany him during his stay. A strange man in the bath house (Kan Mikami) tells David about the local Tengu legend. Tengu are a class of well known monster-spirits with a long nose and a red face who live in the Japanese forests and mountains. David is immediately fascinated. But the more he finds out about the Tengu, the more he is drawn into his own past-life. As a matter of fact some Tengu legends can be connected to shipwrecked foreigners who were forced to live in hiding in the Japanese mountains during Japan's Sakoku (closed country) era (1637 - 1853). Ultimately, "Tengu" is the story of a Westerner who becomes the origin of a famous Japanese legend.

The Pain with Being Thirsty

San Diego Asian Film Festival

The SDAFF seeks to exhibit the best in dramatic narative features & shorts, documentary, animation, and experimental that showcase the word of Asian American or international artists.  We strive to connect audiences with the Pan-Asian experience through film.

25th ANNUAL BLACKS SHIPS JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL

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(NEWPORT, RI) In 1984, a dedicated group of civic and community leaders were drawn together to help create an event that celebrated the arts, culture and Rhode Island’s historical friendship with Japan. One of the founding members of this group was Flickers—The Newport Film Society, which participated by creating, curating and presenting the Japanese Film Festival. Now, 25 years later and as many years of screening this festival, Flickers has evolved into the Flickers Arts Collaborative an...

25th ANNUAL BLACKS SHIPS JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL

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(NEWPORT, RI) In 1984, a dedicated group of civic and community leaders were drawn together to help create an event that celebrated the arts, culture and Rhode Island’s historical friendship with Japan. One of the founding members of this group was Flickers—The Newport Film Society, which participated by creating, curating and presenting the Japanese Film Festival. Now, 25 years later and as many years of screening this festival, Flickers has evolved into the Flickers Arts Collaborative an...
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