Showing posts with label asian cinema. Show all posts
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4 June 2013

Highlights and Guest Filmmakers at the 5th Terracotta Festival 2013

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With 2 days to go to the Opening Night, it's time to reveal the guests of the 5th annual Terracotta Far East Film Festival and the Festival organisers are delighted to make a series of other announcements.

Highlights of this edition are the guest talent from Asia who will be attending the festival, the talent Masterclasses, the winner of the inaugural Terracotta Short-Film Competition, unveiling of the Official Trailer and the festival parties.

Hong Kong director Gilitte Leung joins the festival to introduce her independently produced film, LOVE ME NOT. Gilitte is also a guest jury member for the Short-Film Competition.

South Korean Director Ryoo Seung-wan, the master of action films such as THE CITY OF VIOLENCE, will be here to present the UK Premiere of his latest blockbuster, THE BERLIN FILE.

Week two of the festival sees Indonesian directors Ifa Isfansyah and Edwin at the festival for THE DANCER and POSTCARDS FROM THE ZOO respectively.

Gilitte Leung will hold a Masterclass at 11.30am on Friday 7 June; Ryoo Seung-wan’s Masterclass will be held at 11am Saturday 8 June. The free Masterclasses will take place at the upstairs screen of the Prince Charles Cinema and are open to all Terracotta Festival ticket holders, with priority entry for Festival Pass holders.

The winner of the Terracotta Short-Film Competition is Marcos Villaseñor with his fast-paced thriller entry PHONE BOX. The three minute short will have its World Premiere screening at the Opening Night of Terracotta Festival where the prize of a trip to Hong Kong will be presented. The prize includes flight and accommodation courtesy of the competition sponsors Cathay Pacific Airways and The Mira Hong Kong. The competition judges were impressed by the standard of entries.

The Terracotta Festival homepage now features the Official Trailer for Terracotta Festival 2013, created by Design Agency Sponsors of the festival, What is Bobo.

Last but not least, Terracotta Festival has also expanded the number of party and receptions.
There will be an East Street Party, Saturday 8 June 11pm - 1.30am (East Street, Rathbone Place) which is open to all Terracotta Festival ticket holders. Drinks and food can be purchased till 1am.

Japan Underground and Terracotta Festival team up to bring a Japan Night Party from 7pm Monday 10 June at The Pipeline, Middlesex street. Featuring four live Japanese music acts, tickets can be purchased via the Terracotta Festival website.

Ticket holders for any of the SPOTLIGHT ON: Indonesia films are invited to an Indonesian Reception at the Indonesian Embassy, Grosvenor Square at 6pm Tuesday 11 June (striclty reserved to ticket holders)

Following films will play at Prince Charles Cinema, 7 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BY / Box Office: 020 7494 3654
The following times are door opening times.
In memory of: Leslie Cheung &Anita Mui:
Days of Being Wild (Hong Kong) wed 29 May 2013, 20:45
Rouge (Hong Kong) thurs 06 June 2013, 17:50
Happy Together (Hong Kong) fri 07 June 2013, 12:30
Current Asian cinema:
Cold War (Hong Kong) Opening film thurs 06 June 2013, 19:50
Love Me Not (Hong Kong) fri 07 June 2013, 14:30 + q&a with dir.Gilitte Leung
When A Wolf Falls In Love With A Sheep (Taiwan) fri 07June 2013, 16:35
Young Gun In The Time (South Korea) fri 07June 2013, 18:35
Karaoke Girl (Thailand) fri 07June 2013, 20:30
The Assassins (China) sat 08 June 2013, 12:00
The Story of Yonosuke (Japan) sat 08 June 2013, 14:20
Drug War (Hong Kong) sat 08 June 2013, 17:30
The Berlin File (South Korea) sat 08 June 2013, 19:45 + q&a with dir. Ryoo Seung-wan
See You Tomorrow, Everyone (Japan) sun 09 June 2013, 12:25
A Werewolf Boy (South Korea) sun 09 June 2013, 15:30
The Bullet Vanishes (Hong Kong) sun 09 June 2013, 18:00
The Land Of Hope (Japan) sun 09 June 2013, 20:05
Terror cotta horror all-nighter:
Countdown (Thailand) fri 07 June, 23:15- 07:10
Belenggu (Indonesia) fri 07 June, 23:15- 07:10
Henge (Japan) – fri 07 June, 23:15- 07:10
The Ghost Story Of Yotsuya (Japan) fri 07 June, 23:15- 07:10
Zomvideo (Japan) fri 07 June, 23:15- 07:10

Tickets at Prince Charles Cinema: £8.50 non members, no concessions/ £6.00 (PCC Members)

(Friday afternoon: £6.50/ £4.00)
Festival Pass: £59.50 non members/ £48 members

Terror-Cotta Horror All-nighter: £22 non members/ £19.50 members

SPOTLIGHT ON: INDONESIA will play at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA): The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH / Box Office: 020 7930 3647
The Dancer - tue 11 June, 20:15 + q&a with dir.Ifa Isfansyah
Lovely Man - wed 12 June, 18:15
What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love - thurs 13 June, 18:15
Postcards From The Zoo - fri 14 June, 20:15 + q&a with dir.Edwin
Opera Jawa - sat 15 June, 15:15
The Blindfold - sat 15 June, 20:15

Tickets at ICA: £10 / £8 Concessions / £7 ICA Members

29 May 2013

Anime Writers Wanted, Join Us At Cinehouse & The People’s Movies

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Kwonicha ! We’re recruiting again and we want you and that’s the Anime Writers! We’re looking for lovers who have a passion for all things Japanese, are you that person?

Do you want to review the latest reviews from Manga Entertainment and MVM but it’s not all about the reviews. Post the latest news from the world of anime, the latest trailers, create fresh original but most of all entertaining articles and features help create The People’s Movies & Cinehouse into a hub for Anime fans? If you your passion also lies in Asian cinema in general we can help you out there too and we’ll do our best to give you a platform to share your passion?

We’re looking for a couple of writers who have written for sites before or someone really eager to get first steps, so do you have what it takes? Remember this isn’t just for reviews they are probably most important part of working with us. So can you work on your own initiative know where to look for the latest Anime news, trailers to create your posts?

Unfortunately we can’t offer any money however you will be able to keep those MVM and Manga Entertainment releases you will review, we can provide you with the Anime films to review, maybe occasionally the odd cinema screening, passes for festivals. What are you waiting for then? Get in touch now, Freelancers are welcomed

So how do you sign up?

  1. Your Name &Age
  2. Location (what is your home town name)
  3. 2 sample links to previous posts
  4. Reasons on why we should pick you (500 words maximum)
  5. If your freelancer let us know

Where do I send the above too? label your email 'Anime Writer' and email the info we need to

Please Note The Peoples Movies And Cinehouse are UK based websites so if you live outside UK we cannot provide anime to review, however if you are keen to help using your own sources please do get in touch.

15 November 2012

New Trailer & Clip For Takashi Miike's Shield Of Straw

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Takashi Miike is a big favorite at Cinehouse HQ so when his Ace Attorney recently played in Glasgow at Scotland Loves Anime we where a bit annoyed we couldn't see it. Next spring his next film Shield Of Straw (Wara No Tate)will be released in Japan and our friends at Twitch have gotten their hands on the film's latest teaser trailer and clip.

Starring Fujiwara Tatsuya who may not be familiar by name but recognizable from the cult film Battle Royale, Deathnote and Toyoda Toshiaki's I'm Flash where he played a cult leader. For his latest film he will be becoming a cold hearted confessed child killer. Based on a Kuichi Kazuhiro novel Shield of Straw when a child killer (Fujiwara) is captured he must be escorted across country by 2 cops (Osawa Takao and Matsushima Nanako)to face trail. What may sound a simple task but the grandfather of the young victim is a very wealthy man not happy that things will be sorted out the conventional way offers 12 million to anyone who can kill his grandchild's killer on route to court.

This film looks like it'll challenge the morality and power of money and the control it has over people. What people will do to get their hands on the amount of money on offer is crazy, will there a psychological thriller mix thrown in too? All will be revealed when the film is release 26 April 2013 in Japan.

Ninagawa is a powerful man in Japanese politics and with top economic connections.His granddaughter is then murdered. The suspect is Kunihide Kiyomaru (Tatsuya Fujiwara). Kunihide Kiyomaru has a prior conviction for assaulting and killing a girl 8 years ago. The police could never apprehend the suspect in the prior killing.
Three months after the murder of his granddaughter, Ninagawa places a whole page ad in the 3 big Japanese newspapers. The ad states "Please kill this man Kunihide Kiyomaru and I will pay you 1,000,000,000 yen as a reward." Meanwhile, Kunihide Kiyomaru sees the ad and begins to fear for his life. Kunihide Kiyomaru then turns himself in at the Fukuoka Police Station. Five detectives from the security section (SP) of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department travel to Fukuoka to escort Kunihide Kiyomaru back to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. The distance between Fukuoka and Tokyo is apprixmately 1,200 km. During their fateful trip, a significant portion of the Japanese population plot to kill Kunihide Kiyomaru. Many of those people, actually pursue Kunihide Kiyomaru while he goes back to Tokyo to get the 1 billion yen reward. The lonely fight of the five detectives to protect this man begins ...

22 August 2012

Love Exposure Blu-ray Review

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If you're like been a fan of Japanese pop culture it's been a journey of many great times but also a journey of many stressful when those who don't understand the finer  details attack unselfishly. If we where to choose a sole representative to let the world know the reasons why we love this culture, Sion Sono could be an ideal spokesman with his film Love Exposure may do the trick to convince the non believers.

In a style of a cooking Tv programme get a big bowl throw in plenty of kick-ass martial arts action, a tablespoon of Humour, scratching of religious cults, a slice of sexual perversions, boy meets girl, a litre of porn barons, family relationships. Give it a good mix before adding Sono's tender mix of voyeurism and don't forget to add upskirt panty shots, give it 4 hours in your DVD or Blu-Rayer result a film that has a lot to offer.

Yu (Takahiro Nishijima) has always been a well-behaved kid probably due to his devout Christian upbringing but when his mother dies torment prevails. Because of Yu's upbringing, it forces him to confess his sins on a daily basis however he is a normal kid and has no legitimate sins to confess. Determined to become a true sinner and appease his demanding priest father who's just been seduced by a woman whose broken his heart. Yu finds the ultimate sin, Porn trains to become a sneak upskirt photographer which gets the attention from his father he's been seeking. After loosing a bet with his sinner pals Yu is forced to dress as a girl (Sasori) and its this time he meets a beautiful girl Yoko (Hikari Mitsushima). Their first time together was glorious ending the night with a kiss, all-out street brawl but that's not the end of it Yoko thinks Yu is a woman and both maybe been manipulated by a devious cult leader named Aya (Sakura Ando).

Going back to that famous saying from Alfred Hitchcock by judging a film by the strength of your bladder, Love Exposure maybe touching 4 hours running time which may not agree with some bladders. However we have an advantage the great film maestro didn't have, DVD/Blu-Ray players. That epic running time may be a putt off for many people however with your remote control you can play this film in parts, pause but with Love Exposure it provides an entertainment value that you will only pause to refill your glass (or empty your bladder) as it'll keep your grip on your tv screen.

When I chat to fellow cinephiles and when Sono's name is introduced to the mix if it's not Suicide Club for many fans the stepping stone into his world is Love Exposure. Ironically myself it was Coldfish then Suicide Club been my route into the deranged mind of our cordial Japanese host.

Love Exposure is that satirical homage to those non-believers who call Asian/Japanese as perverted and satanic (2 things I was labelled by a friend of our family when I was 15!). It mocks those who ridicule the culture but also mocks how sexually repressed the Japanese are too.It's ridiculous to think this is the same nation who privately liberated  sexually, have machines on streets that provide everything from  your favourite soft drink  too worn School uniforms. Sono really taps into the dark underlinings of his nations obsession with eroticism, but he approaches the topics in an astute but humorous kind of way.

What we mustn't forget here Love Exposure is a teen romance/coming of age story also, which really highlights when it comes to falling in love, love does work in mysterious ways or in Son's film absurd ways. Life isn't simple but with love comes hurt too. This is no Mills & Boon story there are no saints but those we label sinners really are saints who have lost direction to be the saints, we need direction and religion is one way to find the right direction. Living in a country  where religion has brought chaos and order (Scotland), I've seen the good and ugly side which gets a little upsetting when a person cant practice a faith without prejudice. Someone can be a devout follower of a faith but following a religion where God is treated more like a rockstar is quite funny but also unsettling reminds me of Dogma and the Jesus statue in shades  pointing at you. When your soul and mind are damaged you can fall prey to who use religion for other means making you opened to easy persuasion.

Those stories you hear about Sono been the master Nihilist, king of voyeurs Love Exposure is a perfect example of why he's worthy of those titles. Sono presents Love Exposure like one of those old naughty peepshows, undefined, seductively addictive, engaging, absurdly humorous but passionately gratifying. How many films these days can tick all the boxes for film satisfaction? Not many but Love Exposure can and it's why it's worthy of being called an essential piece of contemporary Japanese Cinema.

Paul Devine | ★★★★1/2

action, comedy | Japan, 2009 | 18 | 6th August 2012 (UK) | Third Window Films |
Dir:Shion Sono,Takahiro Nishijima,Hikari Mitsushima,Sakura Andô