Here’s a nice trailer (in Japanese without English subtitles) for upcoming Japanese drama Twilight Sasara Saya. It is directed by Yoshihiro Fukagawa, who had 2 films featured at the 2011 Japanese Film Festival – medical drama In His Chart and food film Patisserie Coin de Rue.
Thursday, 25 September 2014
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
From Studio Ghibli co-founder and director Isao Takahata (Grave Of The Fireflies) comes the new film The Tale Of Princess Kaguya, which is based on a classic Japanese folktale. An English-dubbed trailer has become available ahead of the film’s North American theatrical release on October 17. The voice cast includes Chloe Grace Moretz, James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Darren Criss, and Lucy Liu.
you have seen director Shinobu Yaguchi’s previous films such as Waterboys and
Swing Girls, you should be familiar with his winning formula: place the main characters in a strange
situation where they have to overcome some
major challenges (often with unexpected and hilarious results) and allow them to ultimately triumph in a rousing climax that
invariably makes viewers laugh, clap and
cheer. His latest film Wood Job! does not
stray too far from this formula, which means it is another heartwarming zero-to-hero comedy, something that Yaguchi has perfected over the years.
Friday, 19 September 2014
Born in 1956, Masayuki Suo is one of Japan’s most renowned film directors. At the Awards of the Japanese Academy, he has twice won the Best Director Award. Internationally, his films are regularly screened at film festivals all around the world.
Thursday, 18 September 2014
Last weekend, The Legend Ends, the second sequel and final film in the Rurouni Kenshin trilogy, easily opened on top of the Japanese box office. It sold an incredible 717,958 tickets for 919,479,200 yen, beating the record of its predecessor, Kyoto Inferno, for Japan’s biggest domestic live-action film opening in 2014.
Saturday, 13 September 2014
The rest of the national program for this year’s Japanese Film Festival in Australia includes quite a number of films that are potentially very good.
If you like hilarious comedies and don’t mind them being a little silly, Thermae Romae and its sequel Thermae Romae II are for you. Adapted from a manga and anime series, the films tells the story of a time-travelling Roman architect in modern day Japan.
Friday, 12 September 2014
It is wonderful to see the Japanese Film Festival expanding to more venues than ever before. It is a great film festival and cinema lovers in Australia and New Zealand would no doubt cherish the opportunities to experience some wonderful Japanese films.
The national program that was announced yesterday certainly has a healthy balance of films from different genres, and the following are my picks:
Thursday, 11 September 2014
I LOVE Australia’s Japanese Film Festival.
The reason is simply that I love Japanese films and Australia's Japanese Film Festival is the largest film festival outside of Japan to showcase Japanese cinema. Every year, the Festival has an eclectic selection of films that always make for a fascinating cinema-going experience. Whether you're into action, drama, comedies or documentaries, there is really something for everybody.