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First poster for The Outsider starring Jared Leto

The first poster has arrived online for the upcoming crime drama The Outsider, which is directed by Martin Zandvliet and sees Jared Leto leading a cast that includes Emile Hirsch, Rory Cochrane, Tadanobu Asano, Shiori Kutsuna, and Kippei Shiina; take a look below…

The Outsider follows the story of “a captive American soldier who is set free from prison with the help of his Yakuza cellmate. With this, he repays his debt of gratitude to the Yakuza in a way that will require him to maneuver in the world of criminals.”
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Blu-ray Review – Black Society Trilogy

Black Society Trilogy

Directed by Takashi Miike.

Starring Kippei Shîna, Tomorowo Taguchi, Takeshi Caesar, Shô Aikawa, Li Wei Chang, Shih Chang, Kazuki Kitamura, Dan Li.

Synopsis:

A collection of three thematically-connected crime stories by cult Japanese director Takashi Miike.

Not strictly a trilogy in the common sense of the word, Takashi Miike’s so-called Black Society Trilogy is three films that are connected only through their themes of desperate people trying to survive when it seems that the odds are against them. However, none of these are Rocky-style stories of overcoming the seemingly impossible to emerge the heroic victor, as these being Miike-helmed movies you can guarantee that none – if any – of the characters are that heroic.

The first movie is 1995’s Shinjuku Triad Society, a frankly bizarre tale of extreme violence, gang culture and, at the heart of it all, a family feud that separates two brothers, both of whom are half Chinese/Japanese.
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Competition: Win Takashi Miike’s ‘Black Society Trilogy’ on Blu-ray

  • Nerdly
To celebrate the release of Takashi Miike’s Black Society Trilogy - out on DVD & Blu-Ray from 16th January – we are giving away a Blu-ray copy courtesy of Arrow Video!

After several years spent working almost exclusively in the direct-to-video world of “V-cinema” in Japan, Takashi Miike announced himself as a world-class filmmaking talent with this trio of thematically-connected, character-centric crime stories about violence, the underworld of Japanese society, families both real and surrogate, and the possibly hopeless task of finding one’s place in the world. His first films made specifically for theatrical release, and his first for a major studio, the Black Society Trilogy was the beginning of Miike’s mature career as a filmmaker and they remain among the prolific director’s finest works.

Set in the bustling Kabuki-cho nightlife neighborhood of Tokyo, Shinjuku Triad Society follows a mixed-race cop (Kippei Shiina, Outrage) struggling with private issues
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Giveaway – Win Takashi Miike’s Black Society Trilogy

To celebrate the release of Takashi Miike’s Black Society Trilogy – out of DVD & Blu-Ray from 16th January – we are giving away a blu-ray copy courtesy of Arrow Video!

After several years spent working almost exclusively in the direct-to-video world of “V-cinema” in Japan, Takashi Miike announced himself as a world-class filmmaking talent with this trio of thematically-connected, character-centric crime stories about violence, the underworld of Japanese society, families both real and surrogate, and the possibly hopeless task of finding one’s place in the world. His first films made specifically for theatrical release, and his first for a major studio, the “Black Society Trilogy” was the beginning of Miike’s mature career as a filmmaker and they remain among the prolific director’s finest works.

Set in the bustling Kabuki-cho nightlife neighborhood of Tokyo, Shinjuku Triad Society follows a mixed-race cop (Kippei Shiina, Outrage) struggling with private issues while
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‘Shinjuku Swan II’ Trailer: Sion Sono Returns With Sequel To Live Action Manga Series Adaptation

  • Indiewire
‘Shinjuku Swan II’ Trailer: Sion Sono Returns With Sequel To Live Action Manga Series Adaptation
Japanese director Sion Sono is one of the most prolific filmmakers working today, having released five films last year, including “Shinjuku Swan,” a live action adaptation of the popular manga series by the same name. The film followed Tatsuhiko (Gou Ayano), an adult entertainment talent scout working in the red light district of Tokyo. It has yet to receive a release in the United States, but Sono has already followed it up with a sequel, which follows Tatsuhiko as he clashes CEO Masaki Taki (Tadanobu Asano). The sequel stars Alice Hirose, Kippei Shiina, Yusuke Iseya, Motoki Fukami, Nobuaki Kaneko, Yu Yamada, Yusuke Kamiji, Maryjun Takahashi, Jun kaname, Hideo Nakano and Takashi Sasano. Watch a trailer for the film below. (Note: There are no English subtitles.)

Read More: Fantasia Review: Sion Sono’s ‘Shinjuku Swan’

Sono garnered recent acclaim for directing “Why Don’t You Play In Hell?”, about a renegade
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Full Trailer for Sion Sono's Manga Adaptation Sequel 'Shinjuku Swan II'

Time to meet the Shinjuku Swan. A full Japanese trailer has debuted for Sion Sono's latest film, Shinjuku Swan II, a sequel to his first adaptation of a manga about an adult entertainment scout named Tatsuhiko Shiratori. Sion Sono is one of Japan's best directors working today, behind films like Love Exposure, Why Don't You Play in Hell? and Tokyo Tribe, though this film series hasn't picked up any Us distribution yet. Shinjuku Swan II stars Gou Ayano, Alice Hirose, Kippei Shiina, Yusuke Iseya, Motoki Fukami, Nobuaki Kaneko, Yu Yamada, Hideo Nakano, as well as Tadanobu Asano as the rival scout CEO that Tatsuhiko goes up against. This looks like some of Sono's most commercial work, but might still be fun. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Sion Sono's Shinjuku Swan II, from YouTube (via Tfs): And for reference, here's a trailer for the first Shinjuku
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Sion Sono Returns in First Trailer for ‘Shinjuku Swan II’

If there’s one thing that can unite us as a country and bring some potential healing, it’s the gleeful insanity of Sion Sono. After the results of last night, it may feel like we are living in the world of one of his films, but sadly, this is reality. However, the prolific director does have a new feature coming out the weekend of the inauguration (at least in Japan) and the first trailer has arrived.

To get a sense of just how fast the helmer works, his next film is a sequel to 2015’s Shinjuku Swan — a film which has yet to get a U.S. release — based on Wakui Ken‘s manga. Shinjuku Swan II follows Tatsuhiko Shiratori (Gou Ayano) who works as a scout, recruiting girls to work in the adult entertainment business, but conflict arises when he clashes with CEO Masaki Taki (Tadanobu Asano). Unfortunately,
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Top 3 Japanese Live Action Movies You Shouldn’t Miss in 2015

Japanese live action movies tend to be a hit or miss. Depending on the directorial take, emotional balance of the script, and the actors cast, it can be worthy of endless praises and awards such as the recently concluded “Rurouni Kenshin” trilogy. Otherwise, it can end up as a movie better forgotten such as the infamous Hollywood adaptation of a widely popular series, “Dragonball Evolution.”

While news of live action films may make some of us cringe in their anticipated cheesiness and possible inferior quality, the chances of seeing our beloved manga and anime characters come to life are often slim. That’s why today, we present you with three upcoming live action films that we believe are potential hits!

Bakuman

Bakuman” comes from the creators of “Death Note.” It revolves around a student artist, Mashiro Moritaka, and his author friend, Takagi Akito as they traverse the path to becoming
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Rain Fall

Ex-special forces operator and freelance assassin John Rain (Kippei Shiina) is on the wanted list of William Holtzer (Gary Oldman), the head of the CIA's office in Tokyo. He's determined to get hold of a memory stick full of valuable information that he believes Rain is in possession of. To make matters worse, the Yakuza would also like to get their hands on the stick and have sent their own men after Rain.
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DVD Release: Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog

DVD Release Date: July 10, 2012

Price: DVD $29.95

Studio: Music Box

Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog, the well-received 2004 Japanese drama movie, concerns the life, growth and training of the titular Golden Labrador Retriever.

Directed by Yoichi Sai, the film opens with Quill as a puppy and follows him as he is taken to a professional guide dog school led by the friendly yet firm trainer Satoru Tawada (Kippei Shiina).

Although he’s a little slower than the other dogs at the school, Quill does exhibit a peerless level of devotion and patience for his trainers. Tawada decides that Quill would be the ideal guide dog for Mitsuru Watanabe (Kaoru Kobayashi), a lonely and ill-tempered elderly man who “would rather sleep than be dragged around by a dog.”

In time, Quill gradually helps his new master to open up and appreciate life, while Wanatabe learns not only to trust and
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Sho Sakurai and Keiko Kitagawa to star in “Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de” movie

On Monday it was announced that Sho Sakurai and Keiko Kitagawa will be starring in a movie version of Fuji TV’s Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de, a 10-episode TV drama which aired from October-December last year.

Based on a best-selling novel by Tokuya Higashigawa, the drama starred Kitagawa as an ultra rich heiress named Reiko Hosho who hid her status to work as a rookie police officer by day. Sakurai played her perfectionist butler Kageyama who offered helpful advice delivered with his own unique brand of brutal honesty.

The movie version will be largely the same, just on a larger scale. Shooting will take place mostly aboard the “SuperStar Virgo”, the largest luxury liner in Asia.

In the movie, Reiko boards her family’s luxury cruise ship, the “Princess Reiko”, along with Kageyama and embarks on a vacation to Singapore. While on-board, a murder occurs and the two
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Exclusive Clip: 'Quill: The Life Of A Guide Dog'

“What sets this film above so many movies about animals is that it's about a dog who is realistic in every aspect.” – Roger Ebert, said in the Chicago Sun Times. As big dog lovers we're happy to present a clip from the film, "Quill: The Life Of A Guide Dog." Directed by Yoichi Sai (4 time Japanese Academy Award winner for "Blood And Bones"), 'Quill' appears to be a documentary on the surface, but it's based on the true story of a beautiful labrador retriever whose compassion and devotion transform him into a dedicated guide dog for the blind.

Here's the official synopsis.

Quill, a Golden Labrador Retriever puppy so named because of the feather-shaped birthmark on his side, is sent to live with a couple, Isamu (Teruyuki Kagawa) and Mitsuko (Shinobu Terajima), who work as volunteers for the training of seeing eye guide dogs. Quill is subsequently taken
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Exclusive: Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog Clip

Exclusive: Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog Clip
We have an exclusive clip from Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog, which will be released in select theaters May 18. Yoichi Sai directs this documentary, which follows the life of a seeing eye dog, from the day he was born to his pairing with a Japanese blind man.

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The documentary-like story of a yellow Labrador Retriever guide dog for the blind named Quill. We follow Quill from the litter, his selection to become a guide, his life with a foster family until his first birthday, followed by highly specialized schooling in guiding the sightless. He is then paired with a blind man named Watanabe Mitsuru who is at first reluctant to rely on Quill. But Quill's great patience, gentleness and skill eventually wins him over and they become inseparable friends.

Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog comes to theaters May 18th,
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Outrage (2010)

Directed by Takeshi Kitano

Featuring Beat Takeshi, Kippei Shiina, Soichiro Kitamura, Tetta Sugimoto, Renji Ishibashi, Jun Kunimura and Ryo Kase

Takeshi Kitano returns to his yakuza-themed roots with a rollicking, violent, entertaining black comedy about gangster family values.

Gangsters are, and always have been, part of international cinematic language. From The Public Enemy to The Departed, via the likes of Rififi, Tokyo Drifter, Foxy Brown, and Two Hands, audiences over the decades have engaged enthusiastically with criminal anti-heroes whose goals don’t get any more complicated than blowing each other up. Bloody, internecine warfare unleashed across a cityscape is guaranteed to fill seats. Kitano’s specific goal with Outrage was this brand of genre entertainment – he started the script process by outlining a series of violent kills, then figured out how to weave them into the plot – and from the start this is a tale of action, not redemption. Don’t expect any moral framework,
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DVD Review - Outrage (2010)

Outrage (Japan: Autoreiji), 2010.

Directed by Beat Takeshi (aka Takeshi Kitano).

Starring Takeshi Kitano, Kippei Shiina and Ryo Kase.

Synopsis:

A Japanese Yakuza (mafia) action film, following two opposing drug syndicates. The boss of one of these syndicates, Sekiuchi orders his lieutenant Kato, and right-hand man Ikemoto to bring down the competition, a job that Ikemoto hands over to Otomo (played by director Takeshi Kitano) who runs his own gang.

Call me simplistic, but just writing the synopsis alone was hard work here. This is a film that requires a great amount of attention - not only to read the subtitles, which I have no issue with, but to also keep up with what the hell is going on.

Takeshi Kitano, also known as Beat Takeshi (the name he uses exclusively to credit his work as a director), has created a film which has impressed a fair few crowds. I have
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St. Louis International Film Festival 2011: ‘Outrage’ takes gangster brutality to a new level

Outrage (Autoreiji)

Written and Directed by Takeshi Kitano

Japan, 2010

Originally a comedy star on Japanese television, Takeshi Kitano (aka Beat Takeshi) rose to international fame as a director of yakuza dramas during the 1990s. He’s known primarily for Sonatine and Fireworks (Hana-bi), which offered remarkable visions of violence and beauty. His stunning long takes can resemble intricate paintings while his characters enjoy a brief respite from the ruthlessness of the real world. There’s little of that sanctuary in his latest work Outrage (Autoriji), a nasty depiction of yakuza life in the 21st century. The story opens with a striking wide shot of a large group of gangsters dressed in black as their leaders meet. These guys have sworn allegiance to their bosses, but it means little once the bullets start flying.

This film most closely resembles 2000’s Brother in tone, but it outdoes that picture by remaining unpredictable with constant betrayals.
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Red-band trailer for Takeshi Kitano’s Outrage is explosively violent

Here is the explosively violent red-band trailer for Takeshi Kitano's Outrage. Kitano wrote, directed and stars in this film that goes deep inside the Yakuza underworld. The supporting cast includes Kippei Shiina and Ryo Kase and looks visually stunning as well. 

Synopsis:

 

In a ruthless battle for power, several yakuza clans vie for the favor of their head family in the Japanese underworld. The rival bosses seek to rise through the ranks by scheming and making allegiances sworn over saké. Long-time yakuza Otomo has seen his kind go from elaborate body tattoos and severed fingertips to becoming important players on the stock market. Theirs is a never-ending struggle to end up on top, or at least survive, in a corrupt world where there are no heroes but constant betrayal and vengeance.

Watch the trailer below and see for yourself:

Outrage will be available via Magnolia On-Demand on October 28 and
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New Trailer For Takeshi Kitano’s ‘Outrage’

  • The Film Stage
We brought you the first trailer for Takeshi Kitano‘s Outrage back in April of 2010, and the movie has still not seen a U.S. release in the approximately seventeen months since. But Magnet — one of the more interesting independent distributors out there — will be putting it into theaters by the end of the year, which means that another preview has cropped up at Apple (via /Film).

Much of the footage exhibited here seems to be fairly well composed in terms of direction, but the way in which its assembled leaves a lot to be desired. It’s always unfortunate to watch a preview and have no real idea of what a movie is about or why you should care; the two aren’t always mutual, but we should at least be given one. Instead, we’re shown shots of people with their mouths wide open, cars speeding around, and guns being shot.
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Action Packed Trailer for the Japanese Flick Wild 7

Attractive Japanese people on motorcycles stylishly shooting guns at bad guys? Sign me up! Below you’ll find a trailer for Eiichiro Hasumi’s “Wild 7″, a live-action adaptation of Mikiya Mochizuki’s popular manga which ran from 1969 to 1979. And while I’ve never read a single issue, I’m still kind of excited about this one. After all, I’m a sucker for action flicks that incorporate motorcycles and gunplay. Oh what a pathetic action junkie I am. Here’s a quick synopsis to get you started: To combat rising crime and terrorist activities in Japan, the Japanese National Police Agency authorizes the formation of a secret motorcycle unit known as the Wild 7. The motley group consists of reformed convicts – ranging from simple thugs to former Yakuza members. The Wild 7 are tasked to take out criminals the police cannot touch – due to the criminal’s connections with politicians and wily lawyers.
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Kaizokuban Bootleg Film | Review

The first half of Masahiro Kobayashi’s Bootleg Film (1999) has the sensibility of a black comedy and the texture of a fractured, sixties art film. An aging, heavy drinking yakuza named Tatsuo (Akira Emoto) and a humorless, scowling cop named Seiji (Kippei Shiina), drive through a stark winter landscape, trading insults, swigging cans of Heineken, and tossing their empty cans into the backseat. They bicker, they quote lines from movies, and they even try to strangle each other. Their tirades are offset now and then by an off-kilter saxophone march that sounds like something from the Russian circus in Moscow on the Hudson. Yet the circumstances that have brought these men together are anything but funny. Once friends, Tatsuo and Seiji are on their way to attend the funeral of a woman named Ayako, who has recently committed suicide. At various times, she was the gangster’s lover and the cop’s wife,
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