When talking about the Japanese film industry, one of the main issues to be mentioned is the overall quality of the local production, its lack of originality… You’ve read Kenshin, you’ve watched the anime, and now you can enjoy the live-action versions, you can enjoy the same story on different mediums, how cool is that?
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Once again, Jason Gray has written an insightful on-set report of an intriguing upcoming Japanese film. After Sion Sono’s Tokyo Tribe earlier this year, Gray went to see Japanese director Takashi Miike working on his latest original project, Yakuza Apocalypse. At the time the journalist was over there, Miike was shooting an action sequence!
When talking about Japanese film, Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai is often one of the first titles to come to mind. It’s now an obvious classic from Japan, a three-hour-long epic filled with laughs, tears and wisdom. And when someone wants to discover Japanese cinema, Seven Samurai appears to be a great start. In 2014, the […]
After making the cold psychological thriller Confessions in 2010, director Tetsuya Nakashima (also known for Kamikaze Girls) was supposed to work on the live-action version of Attack on Titan, quite a move! Yet, few months later, due to creative differences, Nakashima was out of that project. And hopefully, he didn’t lose (more) time on finding […]
The year was 2008, several DVD labels dedicated to bringing asian films to western audiences suddenly closed down. BCI Eclipse in the U.S., Tartan Films in the UK, Asian Star in France… A situation explained among other things by poor editorial choices — too much bad asian horror films released, creating an over-saturated market, cheating […]