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Ryuhei Matsuda playing a failed rock and roller sounds already awesome to me, but of course, there will be some dramatic twist in Mohican Comes Home.
The posters are just cool and worth being posters of the week, IMO [ 3 other posters for the movie after the jump ]
I can't develop feelings. That's how most idiots screw up. - Light Yagami
The dead god of death will disappear, but the DEATH NOTE will remain. The ownership of this DEATH NOTE is usually carried over to the next god of death that touches it, but it is common sense that it is returned to the Great god of death. Only by touching each other's DEATH NOTE can human individuals who own the DEATH NOTE in the human world recognize the appearance or voice of each other's god of death. - Death Note Rule [ quotes taken from Wikiquotes ]
If you cast two of Japan's most exciting and talented actors in one movie, then you would expect a lot of fireworks!
In the case of the 2016 upcoming Death Note movie, having Sosuke Ikematsu (as Kenichi Matsuyama & Kento Yamazaki's successor to L) and Masaki Suda (as a fervent follower and admirer of Kira; following the footsteps of Tatsuya Fujiwara & Masataka Kubota's Light) then you got an exciting movie in the making.Read more...
[ Updated with amazing teaser trailer you all need to watch, like right now! ]
Veteran filmmaker Ryuichi Hiroki's work includes some of the most endearing (and intense) love stories in Japanese movies - April Bride (Eita + Nana Eikura), The Lightning Tree (Masaki Okada + Yu Aoi), The Egoist (Kengo Kora + Anne Suzuki) and the more recent Sayonara Kabukicho (Sometani + Atsuko Maeda). For 2016, he's doing Wolf Girl and Black Prince with Kento Yamazaki and Fumi Nikaido.
I would consider the pairing to be quite unexpected (even odd) since I always think of Nikaido as more of a dramatic actress in the same vein as Sakura Ando, Hikari Mitsushima and Aoi Miyazaki (who many considered as her doppelgänger or vice versa). AND that she would venture on playing quirky and dark characters rather than rom-com. But on second thought, playing Erika Shinohara may provide her fans with a new side of her. On the other hand, Kento Yamazaki has been grabbing these rom-com roles of late, but there was a time when he was playing characters completely different - especially his two movies with Ai Hashimoto (Control Tower and Another). This is not the first time they will be seen together - in 2010, they were cast in Satoshi Miki's TV mystery thriller Atami no Sousakan as school mates, so this new movie is like doing a full circle. What sort of on-screen chemistry will they have? Now, that's the reason for much of the anticipation for this movie!Read more...
Backgrounder: Kinema Junpo (キネマ旬報 Kinema Junpō?), commonly called Kinejun (キネ旬?), is Japan's oldest film magazine and began publication in July 1919. It was first published three times a month, using the Japanese Jun (旬) system of dividing months into three parts, but the postwar Kinema Junpō has been published twice a month. The magazine was founded by a group of four students, including Saburō Tanaka, at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Technical High School at the time). In that first month, it was published three times on days with a "1" in them.
The first three issue were printed on art paper and had four pages each. Kinejun initially specialized in covering foreign films, in part because its writers sided with the principles of the Pure Film Movement and strongly criticized Japanese cinema. It later expanded coverage to films released in Japan. While long emphasizing film criticism, it has also served as a trade journal, reporting on the film industry in Japan and announcing new films and trends.
The Japanese Film Festival site added the following notes:
Japanese cinephiles have been following Kinema Junpo, also known as Kinejun, since it was first published in 1919 by a group of students from the Tokyo Institute of Technology. The Kinejun awards started in 1926 and their yearly top 10 best list remains one of the most prestigious Japanese film awards to this day.
Sounds pretentious? Well, it sounds like the critics at Kinejun would seem to have arthouse tastes but that’s not entirely true; the top 10 list and awards do go to mainstream actors and productions. If anything, it’s probably like the Oscars of Japan. [ source ]Read more...
While the Women Are Sleeping is the final movie in our 2016 highly-anticipated Japanese Movies list.
The Wayne Wang movie is slated to have its world premiere at the 66th Berlinale, and the press for the film says:
Grand master Wayne Wang, who last contributed two films - Smoke and Blue in the Face - to the Competition in 1995, elegantly depicts a Japanese author on holiday, whose ability to write comes and goes with the somnambular kisses of his muse, a rather dangerous lady. Takeshi Kitano plays (under his artist name Beat Takeshi) in While the Women Are Sleeping, which has been adapted from a short story by Javier Marias. [ source ]
Aside from directing popular movies such as The Joy Luck Club and Maid In Manhattan, Wang is also known for releasing a movie directly on the internet (The Princess of Nebraska).Read more...
As mentioned in the recent casting buzz, Sosuke Ikematsu is - once again - playing the role of a matured young guy who had an affair with an older woman, played by Shinobu Terajima. If you've seen Ikematsu in Mozu, then you'll know how versatile the actor can be! In the latest dTV 6-episode drama, Ikematsu plays a similar role to that he played in the award-winning Pale Moon (opposite Rie Miyazawa).
You be the judge on Ikematsu's amazing acting, after watching the video teaser trailer above!
Mugi Kadowaki did some memorable scenes (together with Yuya Yagira) in Gassoh where she plays Yagira's lover. She is also one of the two major leads in The Sun (Taiyo) with Ryunosuke Kamiki. Now here comes a steamy teaser trailer featuring Kadowaki as a sort of "peeping Tom" female version in Double Life. Her co-star is none other than Masaki Suda.
From the time she played the university student (with an insatiable appetite for sex) in Love's Whirpool opposite Sosuke Ikematsu, Kadowaki never looked back. She can play a sweet, innocent but fiercely independent provincial girl in Mare and also a sporty and intelligent school girl in the upcoming Wolf Girl and Black Prince - as Fumi Nikaido's best friend. These supporting roles are complemented with leading performances as well.
In Double Life, Kadowaki is Tama while Masaki Suda plays her boyfriend, Takuya. But their relationship is sidelined by Tama's discovery of her neighbor having an illicit affair played by Hiroki Hasegawa.
Aoi Morikawa is everywhere! After bullying Taishi Nakagawa in Prison School (who happens to be her co-star in a rom-com movie, together with Chiba Yudai), she's playing a role in Eisuke Naito's latest, Gluttonous Goby, with Yuta Koseki. You can watch the teaser trailer here.
3 out of 5 stars
As can be expected from one of Japan's top horror-thriller filmmakers, the movie showcases some terrific horror scenes!
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