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Interview with Hirose Nanako: “The films that I want to do are ones that express things without having to explain them by words”

Hirose Nanako was born 1987 in Kanagawa, Japan. After graduating from Musashino Art University, Hirose joined the Kore-eda Hirokazu’s production company Bun-buku in 2011. She worked in Kore-eda’s TV drama Going Home (2012), long features Like Father, Like Son (2013), Our Little Sister (2015), After The Storm (2016), and Miwa Nishikawa’s The Long Excuse (2016). His Lost Name marks her feature film debut.

On the occasion of His Lost Name screening at the 25th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinemas, we speak with her about Koreeda, Yuya Yagira, Kaoru Kobayashi, her film, hypocrisy, patriarchy, Japanese cinema and many other topics. and also crashed the graduation moment. This, and the weeks that followed the earthquake and the consequences led me to not wanting to do any work, I was in a really strange “in-between” place. After the events, there was some kind of solidarity sentiment going on in Japan but I really felt that
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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #2. The Truth – Hirokazu Kore-eda

The Truth

Fresh off his 2018 Palme d’Or winning Shoplifters (review), prolific Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda continues his perennial output with his latest project, The Truth, which is headlined by Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche in what will serve as his French language debut. Ever since graduating from documentary to narrative filmmaking with 1995’s Maborosi, Koreeda has been a major international favorite, competing in Cannes five times and twice in Venice.…
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Peter Debruge’s 10 Best Films of 2018

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Every so often, Hollywood changes the world, but most of the time, the world changes Hollywood, which adjusts to reflect the innovation happening around it. A year after the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements forced the film industry to confront the sexism baked into the system, we are starting to see progress reflected onscreen and behind the camera — and not just for women, but for groups of all kinds.

Films like “Black Panther,” “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Love, Simon” broke barriers and minted new stars, offsetting the stumbles of “A Wrinkle in Time” and “Annihilation” (a female-powered sci-fi movie too smart for its own good). Want to know which studio is being the most open-minded about choosing its directors? That would be Netflix, where female, minority, queer, and non-English-language filmmakers are making movies — which far exceed the 80 original films estimated this time last year. Heck, the company doesn’t even discriminate against the dead,
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Tallinn Review: Rubén Mendoza’s ‘Niña Errante’ is a Poignant Portrait of Sisterly Love

A flock of dark, wavy hair covers Ángela’s luminous face as she stares at her father’s casket a few minutes into Rubén Mendoza’s heart-wrenchingly humane Niña Errante (The Wandering Girl). Ángela (preternaturally talented Sofía Paz Jara) is twelve, her mother died at birth, and her dad just passed away in a motorcycle accident. Stranded in Cali, Colombia, with no relatives who can look after her, she attends the funeral with her three estranged and older step-sisters: Carolina (Carolina Ramírez), Paula (Lina Marcela Sánchez), and Gabriela (María Camila Mejía). They have flocked to bid farewell to a father they seldom knew, and have agreed to drive across the country to leave Ángela in the hands of an old aunt, lest she be handed to the government’s child protection agency.

Thus begins a mesmeric journey that blends the candor of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Our Little Sister with the
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Kore-eda Hirokazu’s Masterpiece ‘Shoplifters’ Is the Culmination of His Career

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Kore-eda Hirokazu’s Masterpiece ‘Shoplifters’ Is the Culmination of His Career
When Cate Blanchett handed Kore-eda Hirokazu the Palme d’Or at Cannes in May, the “Shoplifters” director froze in place for a moment, as though paralyzed by the weight of the world’s most prestigious film award. Kore-eda had good reason to be shell-shocked. Despite emerging as the most feted Japanese filmmaker of his generation, being anointed as “Ozu’s heir” more times than he could count, and even winning the Cannes Jury Prize in 2013, Kore-eda still never thought this day would come.

The last time a film of his had been invited to screen at the festival (2016’s achingly wounded “After the Storm”), it had been relegated to the Un Certain Regard sidebar, a demotion that often anticipates a director’s irrelevance. And while Kore-eda had weathered that demotion before, his next feature — a grim murder-mystery that found him veering away from the kind of gentle family dramas that
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Kore-eda Thriller ‘The Third Murder’ Lands Blu-Ray Release In November

The Third Murder, the latest film from acclaimed filmmaker Kore-eda (Our Little Sister, After The Storm), hits Blu-ray and DVD on November 13. The thriller centers on Shigemori (Masaharu Fukuyama), a high powered attorney who is defending a murder-robbery suspect named MIsumi (Kōji Yakusho). Initially hesitant at taking the job since Misumi has given a full [...]

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A Family Forms in U.S. Trailer for Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Palme d’Or Winner ‘Shoplifters’

Following its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year – as well as subsequent screenings at a handful of other festivals including Sydney, Telluride, and most recently New York, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s masterful Shoplifters now has a domestic trailer and theatrical release date, courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

In the past, Kore-eda has found success at Cannes with the premieres of Like Father Like Son, Our Little Sister, and After the Storm. This year was no different as Shoplifters went on to win the coveted Palme d’Or. Playing into familiar narrative themes, Kore-eda tells the story of a barren family with an unconventional skillset: shoplifting. After another one of their nightly outings of petty crime, father-of-the-family Osamu and his son decide to take in a young girl that they find all alone in the streets. Eventually, their lifestyle catches up with them, and what once used to bring them together,
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New Us Trailer for Hirokazu Kore-eda's Palme d'Or Winner 'Shoplifters'

"Sometimes, it's better to choose your own family." Magnolia Pictures has released the official Us trailer for the Palme d'Or winning film Shoplifters, the latest film from beloved Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda. Shoplifters is about a family of small-time crooks, but the story is really about what happens when they take in a young girl they find living on the street one day. The film's cast includes Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Kirin Kiki , Kengo Kora, Sosuke Ikematsu, Chizuru Ikewaki, Yuki Yamada, Yoko Moriguchi, and Akira Emoto. This mostly understated, beautiful Japanese drama won big at Cannes, but also won the hearts of cinephiles, earning effusive reviews from some of the toughest critics out there. If you're looking to discover some of the finest filmmaking this year, this should for sure be at the top of your list. It's a must watch film from Japan. Here's the official Us ...
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‘Shoplifters’ First Trailer: Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Heartbreaking Palme d’Or Winner Readies For Oscar Contention

‘Shoplifters’ First Trailer: Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Heartbreaking Palme d’Or Winner Readies For Oscar Contention
Beloved Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda recently turned his attentions and talents to the more pulpy courtroom drama “The Third Murder,” but he’s back in traditional form — that is, family-focused features that seesaw between comedy and drama with ease — with his Palme d’Or-winning “Shoplifters.” The film, starring Kore-eda regulars Lily Franky and Kiki Kirin, debuted at the French film festival in May, where it went on to pick up the fest’s highest honor and kicked off what could shape up to be a stellar awards season.

The proof is already in the pudding: After its Cannes premiere, the film become Kore-eda’s biggest box office hit in Japan, taking in around $40 million. In China, the film became the biggest Japanese live-action film the country has ever played, earning over $14 million at the box office. Earlier this season, Japan picked the film as its official contender for this year’s best foreign-language film race.
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Busan: Gaga Picks up ‘His Lost Name’

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Gaga Corporation has picked up international sales rights to Japanese drama film “His Lost Name.” The film will premiere in the New Currents competition next month at the Busan Film Festival.

“Lost Name” is a first feature by female director Nanako Hirose, who hails from the Bun-buku stable of Palme d’Or winning auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda. Hirose previously worked on Kore-eda’s “Like Father, Like Son” and “Our Little Sister.”

With an original screenplay also written by Hirose, the film tells the story of a young man who is washed up on a river bank, knows only his name, and is taken in by a widower, despite his knowing little about the stranger. And, while the young man tries to confess something, folk from the neighboring village are becoming suspicious following an unexplained incident. The film stars Yuya Yagira Hour.

Production is by Bandai Namco Arts. Aoi Pro and The Asahi Shimbun Co.
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‘Tokyo Vampire Hotel’ Review: Amazon and Sono Sion Team Up for a Gonzo Action Movie Set Inside a Vampire’s Vagina — Fantasia Fest

‘Tokyo Vampire Hotel’ Review: Amazon and Sono Sion Team Up for a Gonzo Action Movie Set Inside a Vampire’s Vagina — Fantasia Fest
The first thing you should know about Sono Sion’s characteristically unhinged “Tokyo Vampire Hotel” is that — spoiler alert? — most of it takes place inside of a vampire’s vagina. Well, technically speaking, most of it takes place inside of a massive hotel, but that massive hotel is actually squeezed into an inter-dimensional pocket of space-time that’s located between the legs of a decrepit vampire queen. And that decrepit vampire queen lives in Tokyo, hence the title “Tokyo Vampire Hotel.” Or maybe lives in Romania. It’s kind of unclear. The hotel is definitely in her vagina, though — there’s no doubt about that.

A demented cocaine giallo that splits the difference between Suzuki Seijun and Claire Denis, Sono Sion’s latest exercise in gonzo digital mayhem is maybe the wildest thing he’s ever made; that’s high praise when discussing the punk auteur responsible for the likes
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Film Review Thicker Than Water (2018) by Keisuke Yoshida

“I really thought I could change.”

In general sibling rivalry is one of the oldest themes of mankind, a foundation for countless tales in art, film and literature. Ever since the story of Cain and Abel the focus has mostly been on brothers or sisters being enemies defined by envy and constant arguments. On the other hand the opposite, for example the happy family of sitcoms or sibling harmony as in Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Our Little Sister” (2015) does exist, but is rarely used. In the end, being enemies makes for a more dramatic and dynamic story perhaps. Or maybe it is just something which derives from a general experience of growing up with brothers and/or sisters.

More precisely, stories of rivalry rather than happiness are more common. In an article for the magazine “Psychology Today” author Jane Mersky Leder shares some insights into what seems to be popular narratives
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Ethan Hawke, Juliette Binoche and Catherine Deneuve set for La Verite

Variety is reporting that Palme d’Or winning Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda (Shoplifters) has tapped Juliette Binoche, Catherine Deneuve and Ethan Hawke to star in his next film La Verite, which translates to The Truth in English.

A co-production between France’s 3B Productions and Kore-eda’s Bunbuku, La Verite will see Binoche and Hawke playing “a married couple who return to France from the United States when the wife’s mother (Deneuve), a well-known actress, publishes her autobiography. During their reunion, various truths are revealed.”

“Directing while overcoming differences of language and culture is a stimulating challenge,” said Kore-eda, whose previous films include Nobody Knows, Air Doll, Our Little Sister and Like Father, Like Son. “Whether or not to direct the way I do in Japan is something I will think about on the set.”

Filming on La Verite is set to take place on location in France in
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Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke & Catherine Deneuve To Star In ‘The Truth’ Palme d’Or Winner Hirokazu Kore-eda

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Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke & Catherine Deneuve To Star In ‘The Truth’ Palme d’Or Winner Hirokazu Kore-eda
Cannes Palme d’Or winner Hirokazu Kore-eda will make his first film outside of Japan later this year with starry drama La Vérité (The Truth).

Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke, Catherine Deneuve and Ludivine Sagnier are due to star in the largely French-language pic, the film’s producer has confirmed to Deadline.

Binoche and Hawke will co-star as a married couple who return to France from the U.S. as the wife’s mother (Deneuve), a well-known actress, publishes her controversial autobiography. During their reunion, various truths come to light. The script is based on an un-produced stage play from Kore-eda. Shoot is due to take place in October and November in France.

Producers are French firm 3B Productions and co-producers are Kore-eda’s Bunbuku and M.i Movies. Paris-based Wild Bunch is on board for most international sales. Gaga will handle sales in all Asian markets apart from China which
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Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke Confirmed for Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ‘Verite’

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Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke Confirmed for Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ‘Verite’
Fresh from his Palme d’Or triumph in Cannes, the Japanese director of “Shoplifters,” Hirokazu Kore-eda, confirmed that his next film will feature two of France’s biggest stars Juliette Binoche and Catherine Deneuve. They are to be joined by Ethan Hawke and Ludivine Sagnier (“8 Women”).

La Verite” (which translates as ‘The Truth’ in English) will shoot entirely in France in October and November this year. The film is being jointly produced by French firm 3B Productions and Kore-eda’s Bunbuku. Paris-based Wild Bunch is set as the international sales agent. A release in 2019 is penciled in, but a Japanese distributor has not yet been set.

Binoche and Hawke co-star as a married couple who return to France from the United States when the wife’s mother (Deneuve), a well-known actress, publishes her autobiography. During their reunion, various truths are revealed. The script is based on a stage play
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Kore-eda to receive Donostia Award by Amber Wilkinson - 2018-06-29 18:39:12

Hirokazu Kore-eda to receive Donostia Award Photo: Courtesy of San Sebastian Film Festival Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda wil receive the Donostia Award for lifetime achievement at this year's San Sebastian Film Festival.

Kore-eda is the first Asian filimmaker to receive the festival's honorary awrd and has competed four times in the Official Competition at the event, taking home the Audience Award twice.

The presentation ceremony during the festival, which runs from September 21 to 29, will include the screening of Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku), which won the Palm d'Or in Cannes.

Shoplifters will mark the director's 10th film at San Sebastian, having competed in the Official Selection with After Life (Wandafuru raifu) (1998), Hana (Hana yori mo naho) (2006), Still Walking (Aruitemo auritemo) (2008) and I Wish (Kiseki) (2011), winner of the Best Screenplay Award, and in the Zabaltegi-Specials section with The Days After (Nochi-no-hi) (2011). His films Like Father, Like Son (Soshite chichi ni naru) (2013), Our Little Sister
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San Sebastian to honour Hirokazu Kore-eda

San Sebastian to honour Hirokazu Kore-eda
The ’Shoplifters’ director will receive the Donostia award at the Spanish festival.

Japanese writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda will receive the Donostia award at the 66th San Sebastian International Film Festival to be held from September 21-28.

Kore-eda will become the first Asian filmmaker to receive the honourary accolade which was created in 1986. Previous recipients include Francis Ford Coppola, Meryl Streep and Al Pacino.

The fesival honoured Ricardo Darin, Monica Bellucci and Agnès Varda last year.

Kore-eda has previously screened work nine times at San Sebastian. His films have competed four times in the official selection: After Life (1998), Hana (2006), Still Walking (2008) and
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Kendrick Lamar Invited to Join Movie Academy

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Kendrick Lamar Invited to Join Movie Academy
Forty-four were invited to join the music branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, including Kendrick Lamar, whose contributions to the “Black Panther” soundtrack are riding high on the album charts; songwriter Melissa Etheridge, who won an Oscar for her song for “An Inconvenient Truth”; and recent Oscar nominees Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka (“Lion”), Sufjan Stevens (“Call Me By Your Name”), Carlinhos Brown (“Rio”) and Benoit Charest (“The Triplets of Belleville”).

Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman, whose work with Prince catapulted them into the limelight and who have gone on to do films (“Dangerous Minds”) and considerable television, were also invited, as were composers Jeff Beal, Fil Eisler and Sharon Farber, whose best-known feature-film credits are in the documentary arena.

Classical composers Osvaldo Golijov and Joanna Bruzdowicz are on the list, as are other composers from England and the Continent: Daniel Pemberton (“Steve Jobs”), Eric Serra (“The Fifth Element
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Cannes Review: Hirokazu Kore-eda’s ‘Shoplifters’ Finds Empathy and Grace In the Lives of Petty Criminals

With Like Father Like Son (2013), Our Little Sister (2015), and After the Storm (2016) all premiering one after the other at the Cannes film festival and The Third Murder getting a berth last autumn in Venice, it seemed as if Hirokazu Kore-eda, now well settled into this mature career groove, was making great films with every other effort. So does Shoplifters — which has the director once again competing for the Palme d’Or — adhere to this pattern? It would seem so.

After the peculiar courtroom detours of Murder, Kore-eda returns to familiar ground — and returns to form — with Shoplifters, yet another story of unusual family setups and one that, once again, ponders questions of what exactly constitutes normal or even healthy choices when raising a child.

The story focuses on one such unconventional family, this time made up of an older matriarch named Hatsue (played by Kore-eda regular Kirin Kiki); Nobuyo and
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2018 Cannes Critics’ Panel: Day 7 – Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters

Hirokazu Kore-eda‘s sixth trip to Cannes comes after Our Little Sister in 2015, and the one before that was Like Father, Like Son (which took home the Jury Prize in 2013). The Japanese filmmaker as seen previous entries Distance (2001) and Nobody Knows (2004) shore up in the comp, while his sex doll romance Air Doll was selected for the Un Certain Regard in 2009. Shoplifters which is primarily centered around Osamu and his son who come across a little girl in the freezing cold. This comes after The Third Murder (premiered at Venice/Tiff).

Week #2 begins strong as the…
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