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Film Review: Tonight, At The Movies (2018) by Hideki Takeuchi

Hideki Takeuchi seems to be making a career out of people jumping into the real world from another “dimension”, and after the two “Thermae Romae” and the Roman in contemporary Japan, he directs a story of a movie character coming to life in Japan in the 60’s. Let us take things from the beginning, though.

Tonight, at the Movies is part of the 2019 Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme

Kenji is a struggling assistant director during the 60’s, when the industry in Japan experienced a significant decline due to popularity of TV, who tries to make it happen but is, in essence, just an errand boy. Furthermore, he is a workaholic, whose long-hours occasionally lead him into making blunders, just like when he spills paint all over the costume of the company’s star, Ryonosuke Shundo. In his quite hard life, the only source of true enjoyment comes from a theatre
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Our Little Sister – Review

Time again for another cinematic look at fractured, non-conventional families, a subject that’s also popular on TV and in novels. This story concerns a quartet of sisters, ranging from 13 to 29, sharing a home with no parental figures in sight (for most of the tale). You might think you’ve seen this “drama-dy” before , but not in this way, or in this unique setting. This family fable is not set in the Us or Europe, but rather in Asia, Japan to be precise. It’s not adapted from a stage play, nor a standard literary best seller or “young adult” novel. This film springs from a comic book, which Us academics now call “graphic novels”, but best known in the far East as “manga”, a medium usually thought to feature mind-blowing science fiction and strange supernatural fantasies. Hey, if our comics can delve into subjects other than superhero epics, then
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Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (July 8, 2016)

Film Guide: What Movie Should I Watch This Weekend? (July 8, 2016)
To help sift through the increasing number of new releases (independent or otherwise), the Weekly Film Guide is here! Below you’ll find basic plot, personnel and cinema information for all of this week’s fresh offerings.

Starting this month, we’ve also put together a list for the entire month. We’ve included this week’s list below, complete with information on screening locations for films in limited release.

See More: Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for July 2016

Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, July 8. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.


Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Director: Jake Szymanski

Cast: Adam DeVine, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, Zac Efron

Synopsis: Two brothers place an online ad to find dates for a wedding and the ad goes viral.

The Secret Life of Pets

Director: Chris Renaud,
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Our Little Sister Movie Review

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Our Little Sister Movie Review
Our Little Sister Sony Pictures Classics Reviewed by: Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer for Shockya Grade: B Director: Hirokazu Koreeda Written by: Hirokazu Koreeda from Akimi Yoshida’s Umimachi Diary Cast: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzu Hirose, Ryo Kase, Kirin Kiki, Lily Franky, Jun Fubuki, Shinichi Tsutsumi and Shinobu Otake, Opens: July 8th, 2016 Our Little Sister is a Japanese drama that opens and closes with a funeral, dealing with a family of three sisters living at a family home in a small Japanese town. The oldest sister Sachi (Haruka Ayase) is a nurse at a hospital’s Critical Care unit. She feels responsible for her siblings and runs the household. The [ Read More ]

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DVD Review – Our Little Sister (2015)

Our Little Sister, 2015.

Directed by Hirokazu Koreeda.

Starring Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzo Hirose, Ryô Kase and Ryôhei Suzuki.


Three sisters experience a new chapter in their lives when they discover they have a younger half sister and invite her into their home.

An intimate and warm story of sisterhood and familial ties, Our Little Sister explores the drama of sororal relationships in a graceful and sensitive style.

Adapted from the best selling graphic novel Umimachi Diary by Yoshida Akimi, this is a drama that plays with subtlety and intricacy, ultimately creating an uplifting and spirited mood. It does not shy away from pain and darkness, with troubled histories and parental break-ups creating a generational fall-out felt for years afterwards. Yet it remains a bright and hopeful document – an affectionate look at how family of all kinds can help each other through life.

Three young sisters, Chika (Kaho
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Kore-eda's Our Little Sister Comes to UK DVD and Blu-ray

After The Storm, the latest from the great Kore-eda Hirokazu premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of this year’s Cannes Film Festival before going on general release in Japanese cinemas where it can still be found. While looking forward for that film to travel abroad, UK fans can make do with the release of his previous effort, Our Little Sister, out today on DVD and Blu-ray. Haruka Ayase (Ichi, Real), Nagasawa Masami (Wood Job!), and Kaho (Tokyo Girl), star as twenty-something siblings living together in an aged and ever-so-slightly ramshackle house in the coastal town of Kamakura. Award-winning newcomer Hirose Suzu plays the little sister of the title, who moves to the house after the death of her father, a man who abandoned the...

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Watch: Family Comes Together In New U.S. Trailer For Hirokazu Kore-eda's 'Our Little Sister'

This week will see the unveiling of the Cannes Film Festival lineup, with the possibility of Hirokazu Kore-eda's next film "After The Storm" (watch the trailer) sliding into the mix. But first, stateside fans of his delicate dramas will finally get to experience his previous effort "Our Little Sister," and a new U.S. trailer has landed. Read More: Cannes Review: Hirokazu Kore-eda's 'Our Little Sister' Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho and Suzu Hirose star in a movie about three sisters who meet their half-sister for the first time at their father's funeral. And something gentle and quietly stirring soon follows, as only Kore-eda can conjure. Here's the official synopsis: "Our Little Sister," directed by internationally acclaimed director Hirozaku Kore-eda, is adapted from Yoshida Akimi's best-selling graphic novel "Umimachi Diary." Three twenty-something sisters—Sachi, Yoshino and Chika—live together in a large old house in...
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The 70th Mainichi Film Awards : Here are the winners and a brief history of the awards

The awards were first introduced in 1946 by the Mainichi Shinbun (毎日新聞) newspaper, which is the oldest daily Japanese one, since it has been on circulation since 1872. Nowadays, it is one of the three largest in the country, and it is noteworthy that two of its general directors were elected Prime Ministers.

The first winners were:

Best Film: Aru yo no tonosama (Teinosuke Kinugasa)

Best Firector: Tadashi Imai (Minshu no teki)

Best Script: Osone ke no ashita (Eijiro Hisaita)

Best Actor: Eitaro Ozawa (Osone ke no ashita)

Best Soundtrack: Minshu no teki (Fumio Hayasaka)

Since 1962, a year after the death of Noburo Ofuji, one of the pioneers of Japanese anime, a new award was introduced in his name, for the best anime of the season. The first winner was Osamu Tezuka, with “Story of a Certain Street Corner.”With the rise of the anime industry during the 80’s, the major studios started dominating the award,
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5 Romantic Comedies You Should Watch This Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. So, for all you lovebirds out there who just want a staycation date, grab a bowl of popcorn and watch these Asian romantic comedies this weekend that will give you all the feels.

Secret (2007)

Secret stars Jay Chou as piano major student Ye Xianglu and Gwei Lun-mei as time traveling heroine Lu Xiaoyu.

My Girlfriend is a Cyborg aka Cyborg She (2008)

Kwak Jae-yong, director of My Sassy Girl, had a comeback in this mix of romance, comedy, and science fiction. My Girlfriend is a Cyborg stars Keisuke Koide as Jiro Kitamura, a lonely man from Tokyo, while Haruka Ayase plays the Cyborg he falls in love with. The Cyborg was created by an older Jiro after a girl he met in his past and sent her to the past to protect him after a devastating earthquake in Tokyo.

What Women Want (2011)

What Women Want
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37th Yokohama Film Festival

The award ceremony was held on February 7th in the Yokohama Kannai Hall and the winners were:

Best Film: Our Little Sister (Hirokazu Koreeda)

Best Director: Hirokazu Koreeda (Our Little Sister) Ryosuke Hashiguchi (Three stories of Love)

Yoshimitsu Morita Memorial Best New Director: Daishi Matsunaga(Pieta in the Toilet)

Best Screenplay: Shin Adachi (100 Yen Love, Obon Brothers)

Best Cinematographer: Mikiya Takemoto (Our Little Sister)

Best Actor: Masatoshi Nagase (Sweet Red Bean Paste) Kiyohiko Shibukawa (Obon Brothers, Areno)

Best Actress: Haruka Ayase (Our Little Sister)

Best Supporting Actor: Ken Mitsuishi (Obon Brothers, Three stories of Love)

Best Supporting Actress: Aoba Kawai (Obon Brothers, Kabukicho Love Hotel)

Best New Talent:Suzu Hirose (Our Little Sister) Hana Sugisaki (Pieta in the Toilet, The Pearls of the Stone Man) Ryoko Fujino (Solomon’s Perjury)

Special Jury Prize: The cast and staff of Bakuman

Special Grand Prize: Kirin Kiki

Top Ten Movies:

1. Our Little Sister
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28th Nikkan Sports Film Awards

The 28th ceremony took place at the New Otani Hotel, in Tokyo and the list of winners is:

Best Film: Solomon’s Perjury (Izuru Narashima)

Best Director: Masato Harada (The Emperor in August, Kakekomi)

Best Actor: Kengo Kora (TheMourner, Being Good)

Best Actress: Haruka Ayase (Our Little Sister)

Best Supporting Actor: Masahiro Motoki (The Emperor in August, The Big Bee)

Best Supporting Actress: Masami Nagasawa (Our Little Sister)

Best International Film: Whiplash (Damien Chazelle)

New Face Award: Suzu Hirose (Our Little Sister)

Fan Award: Joker Game (Yu Irie)

Yujiro Ishihara Award: The Emperor in August

Achievement Award: Yukichi Shinada (film critic)

Kengo Kora

Masami Nagasawa

the winners
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Full AFI Festival Lineup And Schedule Unveiled

The American Film Institute announced today the films that will screen in the World Cinema, Breakthrough, Midnight, Shorts and Cinema’s Legacy programs at AFI Fest 2015 presented by Audi.

AFI Fest will take place November 5 – 12, 2015, in the heart of Hollywood. Screenings, Galas and events will be held at the historic Tcl Chinese Theatre, the Tcl Chinese 6 Theatres, Dolby Theatre, the Lloyd E. Rigler Theatre at the Egyptian, the El Capitan Theatre and The Hollywood Roosevelt.

World Cinema showcases the most acclaimed international films of the year; Breakthrough highlights true discoveries of the programming process; Midnight selections will grip audiences with terror; and Cinema’s Legacy highlights classic movies and films about cinema. World Cinema and Breakthrough selections are among the films eligible for Audience Awards. Shorts selections are eligible for the Grand Jury Prize, which qualifies the winner for Academy Award®consideration. This year’s Shorts jury features filmmaker Janicza Bravo,
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Our Little Sister review [Lff 2015]: “This is perfect drama.”

Our Little Sister review: Presents us with a number of quiet stories unfolding like a modern day Ozu. Our Little Sister review

Saying that Hirokazu Koreeda’s latest is great should go without saying. Koreeda pumps out brilliant films as though it was nothing more than a natural reflex. Emblazoned with a loving sense of realism – even for his more fantastical efforts such as After Life and Air Doll – Koreeda delves into engaging tales of love and family like no other. Our Little Sister is the third consecutive film from Koreeda this decade that deals with family ties. Previously he has warmed our hearts with a tale of brotherly love in I Wish, before looking at complex bonds between fathers and sons in Like Father, Like Son. Now it’s the turn of sisters in Our Little Sister.

Sachi (Haruka Ayase) is the head of a three sister household. As
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2015 Tiff: Venice Preems from Masters Skolimowski, Bellocchio & Sokurov Among 13

As usual, the Masters programme is cholk-full of carryover items from world renowned auteurs who’ve already premiered last February (Berlin), this past May (Cannes) or as part of the upcoming action on the Lido (Venice). Of the thirteen titles and personalities that need no introduction, it’s the likes of Hong Sang-soo (Locarno) and the Venice preemed, and not yet picked up items from Skolimowski, Bellocchio & Sokurov (all potential Golden Lion winners) that are still sight unseen for several North American based cinephiles. Here are the baker’s dozen of items:

11 Minutes (11 Minut) – Jerzy Skolimowski, Poland/Ireland

North American Premiere

A jealous husband out of control, his sexy actress wife, a sleazy Hollywood director, a reckless drug messenger, a disoriented young woman, an ex-con hot dog vendor, a troubled student on a mysterious mission, a high-rise window cleaner on an illicit break, an elderly sketch artist, a hectic paramedics
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Watch: First International Trailer For Hirokazu Koreeda's 'Umimachi Diary'

One of Japan's great filmmakers has a brand new movie on the way and we couldn't be more excited. Two years after his excellent "Like Father, Like Son," and from the man who gave us movies like "Still Walking," "Nobody Knows," and "After Life," Hirokazu Koreeda returns with "Umimachi Diary." And the first, full-length international trailer is here. Based on the manga by Akimi Yoshida, and starring Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, and Suzu Hirose, the story follows three sisters who attend the funeral of their father who they haven't seen in 15 years. There they meet their 14-year-old step-sister for the first time and decide to care for her when no one else can. While we can't understand a single word in the trailer, we expect another lovely melodrama with complex characters and heart-punching emotions. "Umimachi Diary" opens in Japan on June 13th, and given he's a regular on the Croisette,
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #55. Hirokazu Koreeda’s Kamakura Diary

Kamakura Diary

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda// Writer: Hirokazu Koreeda

Another Japanese auteur returning with another project is Hirokazu Koreeda, whose last film, 2013’s Like Father, Like Son won the Jury Prize at Cannes (and was optioned by Steven Spielberg for a Us remake). He’s back with an adaptation of Kamakura Diary by Akimi Yoshida, and stars several notable actors, including Riri Faranki (from Like Father, Like Son), Ryohei Suzuki (from Sono’s Tokyo Tribe and Kurosawa’s Seventh Code) and Masami Nagasawa (from Koreeda’s 2011 I Wish). Koreeda tends to prize the perspective of children (most notably with 2004’s Nobody Knows), and his latest concerns three sisters who live in their grandmother’s home, their existence disturbed at the arrival of their 13-year-old half sister.

Cast: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Suzu Hirose, Ryo Kase

Production Co.: Gaga, TV Man Union, Toho Company

U.S. Distributor: Rights available

Release Date: Already in post-production,
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[Reviews] - "Riaru: Kanzen Naru KUBINAGARYû No Hi" (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)

Click here to read our french "Real" movie review, directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa with Takeru Satô, Haruka Ayase, Jô Odagiri starring.Koichi (Sato) and Atsumi (Ayase) are childhood friends who have become lovers. Despite this closeness when Atsumi attempts suicide Koichi is at a loss to understand the circumstances that drove her to do such a thing. Now she is in a coma and Koichi needs to find out the reason. Since Koichi is a neurosurgeon he has access to the latest studies and so he takes part in a medical procedure that will allow him to enter Atsumi's subconscious. Through 'sensing', a type of neurosurgical procedure allowing contact with the intentional aspect of a comatose patient's mind, Koichi tries to discover why Atsumi tried to kill herself, and to bring her back to...
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'Tokyo Sonata' Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa's New Film 'Real' Added to New York Film Festival Main Slate

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'Tokyo Sonata' Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa's New Film 'Real' Added to New York Film Festival Main Slate
The latest film from "Tokyo Sonata" director Kiyoshi Kurosawa, "Real," which had its premiere at Locarno, will be a part of the New York Film Festival main slate. Read More: Locarno Film Festival Review: Kiyoshi Kurosawa's 'Real' Wanders Through a Comatose Mind The synopsis of the film, from the Film Society of Lincoln Center: "A star manga artist (Haruka Ayase) is in a coma, the result perhaps of a suicide attempt. In an experimental medical procedure, her husband (Takeru Satô) enters her unconscious in an attempt to awaken her. But when one psyche merges with another, mirror opposites are the possible, troubling result. A haunting successor to the mother of all time travel films, Chris Marker’s La JETÉE, with a tip of the hat to Bong Joon-ho’s The Host, Real finds its mysteries in the ordinary. What does it mean to be coupled? Can love conquer death?
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New York Film Festival Main Slate of 35 Features Adds Kiyoshi Kurosawa's 'Real' Updated

New York Film Festival Main Slate of 35 Features Adds Kiyoshi Kurosawa's 'Real' Updated
Update: Nyff has added Japanese helmer Kiyoshi Kurosawa's "Real" to its main slate of films. This is the director's first feature since 2008's "Tokyo Sonata." The film recently had its festival premiere at Locarno. Here's the official synopsis:real is Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s first feature since his 2008 Tokyo Sonata (which was an Nyff Main Slate selection as was his film, License To Live in 1999), and is at once the most romantic and tender film of his career, and entirely consistent with the rest of his unparalleled body of work. It is also, as always, as visually and tonally exquisite as it is unsettling. A star manga artist (Haruka Ayase) is in a coma, the result perhaps of a suicide attempt. In an experimental medical procedure, her husband (Takeru Satô) enters her unconscious in an attempt to awaken her. But when one psyche merges with another, mirror opposites are the possible,
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Locarno Film Festival Review: Kiyoshi Kurosawa's 'Real' Wanders Through a Comatose Mind

Locarno Film Festival Review: Kiyoshi Kurosawa's 'Real' Wanders Through a Comatose Mind
Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa's "Real" features an ironic title. Like "Inception" or "The Matrix," the movie actively questions whether anything it depicts actually takes place. Set in a near-future where a technology called "sensing" allows people to step into the minds of comatose individuals, Kurosawa's adaptation of Rokurou Inui's novel contains a familiar set of ingredients cribbed from the sub-genre of virtual reality experiences. Compared to Kurosawa's other genre outings (including "Tokyo Sonata"), the mood is appropriately contemplative, but "Real" only works as far as its basic premise can carry it before the story takes on the same redundant quality of the dreams plaguing its unconscious characters. That's initially its strength and then something of a setback, but as a whole "Real" admirably services an overdone scenario. Within minutes, Kurosawa establishes the basic conundrum: Manga artist Atsumi (Haruka Ayase) has attempted to kill herself in a river, leaving her.
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