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    Source: Third Window Films press release Official Movie Site: ikiteru.jp (Japan), thirdwindowfilms.com/isnt-anyone-alive (UK) Special Thanks to Adam Torel Distributor Third Window Films has acquired the UK rights for ISN`T ANYONE ALIVE? (????????????, Ikiteru mono inai noka, 2011). After nearly 10 years without a feature film, veteran director Sogo Ishii returns (now with the name Gakuryu Ishii) with a black comedy (based on the Shiro Maeda play of the same name) about strange deaths happening all over a college campus after talk of a curse spreads around it, and soon the world! Featuring many new faces of Japanese cinema including the award-winning star of HIMIZU, Shota Sometani, and from a director who has been bringing us strange and surreal films for 30 years (BURST CITY, CRAZY THUNDER ROAD, CRAZY FAMILY, ANGEL DUST, ELECTRIC DRAGON 80000V) ISN`T ANYONE ALIVE? is a wonderful and unique piece of filmmaking from a

    Source: Third Window Films Official Movie Site: himizu.gaga.ne.jp (Japan), thirdwindowfilms.com/films/himizu (UK) Special Thanks to Adam Torel HIMIZU (???, 2012), the award-winning film from Japanese director Sion Sono (LOVE EXPOSURE, COLD FISH) opens in cinemas across the UK on June 1st from Third Window Films. The new film from Sono, HIMIZU tells the powerful story of two teenagers’ struggle to live in dystopian future Japan destroyed by a natural disaster. When young Yuichi is pushed too far he embarks on a violent campaign of revenge against society’s evil doers and it’s up to Keiko -- who is desperately in love with him -- to try to bring him back to the path of a decent man. A heart-rending drama and tender love story, HIMIZU features startling performances from its young leads. The film was in competition at the 68th Venice International Film Festival in

    Source: Japan Society Special Thanks to Subway Cinema Tomorrow, the Japan Society in New York City will host free 35mm screenings of GODZILLA and FISH STORY as part of their Open House Weekend running May 5-6. Passes are first-come-first-served and will be available for pick-up at 2:00 PM on Saturday, May 5. Japan Society is located at 333 East 47th Street between First and Second avenues (accessible by the 4/5/6 and 7 subway at Grand Central or the E and V subway at Lexington Avenue). For more information, call 212-832-1155 or visit japansociety.org. Saturday, May 5, 4:00 PM GODZILLA (???, Gojira) 1954, 96 min., 35mm., black and white, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Ishiro Honda. With Akira Takarada, Momoko Kochi, Akihiko Hirata, Takashi Shimura. GODZILLA is the roaring granddaddy of all monster movies. It’s also a remarkably humane and melancholy drama, made in Japan at

    Grauman’s to Host Korean Film Screenings, VIP Events and First-Ever Castings of Korean Talent Source: BWR Public Relations press release Official Website: lookeastfestival.com Special Thanks to Cindy Lyster An appreciation of all things Korean has swept into popular culture -- from taekwondo to kalbi to K-pop -- extending to a proliferation of film and television talent who trace their lineage to the Asian peninsula. This summer, Hollywood will offer an appreciation with the first Look East: Korean Film Festival, a celebratory weekend taking place Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24. Hyundai Motors serves as a Lead Festival sponsor of the festival. Marking the first time in its 85-year history, Asian performers will cast their hand and footprints in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Saturday, June 23. They include Korean actor Byung-hun Lee, an award-winning international star who recently appeared as Storm Shadow in Paramount

    Source: Third Window Films press release Official Movie Site: harakore.com (Japan), thirdwindowfilms.com/mitsuko-delivers (UK) Special Thanks to Claire Marty Third Window Films is pleased to announce the UK theatrical release of MITSUKO DELIVERS (????????, Hara Ga Kore Nande, 2011), opening at ICA and selected regional sites May 11th, 2012. Directed by Yuya Ishii (SAWAKO DECIDES), the film stars Riisa Naka (LOVE STRIKES!, TIME TRAVELLER: THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME), Aoi Nakamura (PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2: TOKYO NIGHT, QUIRKY GUYS AND GALS, BECK) and Ryo Ishibashi (AUDITION, THE GRUDGE, KIDS RETURN). MITSUKO DELIVERS is an Official Selection of the London Film Festival, Busan Film Festival and Vancouver Film Festival. INTRODUCTION The 28-year-old film director, Yuya Ishii, has now burst on the world scene with his brilliant filmmaking. Ishii’s film MITSUKO DELIVERS was featured in the 37th Rotterdam International Film Festival and the 32nd Hong Kong

    A Beautiful Young Coach Inspires Her Team with "Boobs Volleyball" Source: NTV (Nippon Television Network) Official Site: warnerbros.co.jp/opv Special Thanks to Asuka Kimura and Tzeling Huang SPOILER WARNING: This article contains plot details and images from a Japanese movie not yet released in the United States. INTRODUCTION “If we win the competition, our teacher will show us her boobs?!” 1979, Kitakyushu. Shortly after accepting her new junior high school teaching position, Mikako, who has become advisor to the inept boys of the volleyball team, makes an extraordinary promise to show them her boobs (Oppai) if they win a game. Mikako has mixed feelings about the boob promise, but the members wholeheartedly want to see her boobs and practice with feverish intensity, gaining strength as if they had become different people. What fate befalls Mikako in the face of this conflict?!

    Source: Terracotta Distribution Official Site: terracottafestival.com Special Thanks to Claire Marty The 4th annual Terracotta Far East Film Festival is set to run April 12th -15th and will once again be hosted by Prince Charles Cinema in the heart of London’s Chinatown. With a stunning line-up of films hand-picked from the best of the region, encompassing diverse genres from comedy to drama to horror and everything in between, the festival will continue to hold exclusive Q&As, masterclasses and fabulous parties. Each year the festival strives to improve on last year and to discover new talent: last year, the programme included a little known indie-comedy from China, RED LIGHT REVOLUTION, which ended winning the festival Audience Award. This year, there will be a focus on Taiwan, given the strength of output in recent years. Most cineastes will be familiar with the works of Edward Yang, Hou Hsiao-hsien

    Special Screening Event on March 14th Honors One-Year Anniversary of Japanese Tsunami Tragedy Source: FUNimation Entertainment press release Official Movie Site: prayforjapan-film.org Special Thanks to Scott Lonski On March 11, 2011, Japan’s Tohoku coastal region was destroyed by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and devastating tsunami that followed. PRAY FOR JAPAN takes place in the devastated region of Ishinomaki, Miyagi -- the largest coastal city in Tohoku with a population of over 160,000 people. Filmmaker Stu Levy -- an American living in Japan -- filmed the tsunami aftermath during his trips to Tohoku as a volunteer and over a period of 6 weeks, captured over 50 hours of footage. PRAY FOR JAPAN focuses on four key perspectives of the tragedy -- School, Shelter, Family, and Volunteers. With each perspective we meet victims who faced significant obstacles and fought to overcome them. Through these four vantage points, the

    Star of VERSUS and YAKUZA WEAPON at Anime Convention in Dallas, June 1-3 Source: Monster Attack Team Official Site: a-kon.com Special Thanks to Edward Holland The Texas-based Japanese live-action magazine Monster Attack Team is hosting Super Action Star Tak Sakaguchi during an onslaught of Q&As, demo sessions and exclusive autograph signings at A-Kon 23, June 1-3, 2012 in downtown Dallas, home of the longest running Anime Convention in North America. This summer, meet live in person one of the most explosive cult heroes of the Japanese film industry today. For over a decade, Tak Sakaguchi has been one of the most recognizable superstars within the realms of Japanese action, science fiction, fantasy and horror visual media. He is a multi-talented martial artist, actor, fight choreographer, scriptwriter, and director and before motion pictures and television studios came calling, he made his living as a street fighter. On

    VIZ Media’s Mega-Hit Franchise Continues To Expand Across All Entertainment Channels Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: j-bleach.com (Japan), Bleach.viz.com (US) Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in the North America, announced today that Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired the live-action feature film rights to the hit manga and anime property BLEACH (????, Buriichi). The announcement comes after another successful year for BLEACH in print, digital publishing, cable television, streaming video, consumer products and video-on-demand. “BLEACH has built a huge international following in its manga and anime formats, and we’re excited that Warner Bros. shares our belief that BLEACH can also become a fantastic live-action film,” said Jason Hoffs of VIZ Productions, VIZ Media’s Hollywood-based production company. “BLEACH is an exciting opportunity to mix Japanese and Hollywood storytelling to create something

    Event at ICA on March 11th, 2012 Source: Third Window Films press release Official Movie Site: harakore.com (Japan), thirdwindowfilms.com/mitsuko-delivers (UK) Special Thanks to Claire Marty On March 11th, Third Window films and the ICA present a special Charity Preview of MITSUKO DELIVERS (????????, Hara Ga Kore Nande, 2011) in London. 100% of Third Window Films` profits from the screening will go to a Fukushima-based charity. Third Window Films will also be selling DVDs at the event, with 100% of their sales also going to charity. Alongside the Fukushima charity, Third Window Films are also giving away 100% of ticket sales of all Japanese films playing in their `East Winds Film Festival` to the Japan Society Earthquake Relief Fund. Charity film screening of MITSUKO DELIVERS March 11th, 2012 at 7pm Institute of Contemporary Arts The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH £10 ENTRY Tickets

    Now On Demand; Theatrical Run Starts December 2nd Source: Magnolia Pictures Official Site: office-kitano.co.jp/outrage (Japan), magnetreleasing.com/outrage (US) The Japanese crime thriller OUTRAGE (??????, Autoreiji, 2010) is being distributed in the United States by Magnet Releasing, a division of Magnolia Pictures (THE HOST, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, MONSTERS, TROLLHUNTER). The film is written, stars, and directed by internationally renowned "Beat" Takeshi Kitano (KIKUJIRO, BROTHER, BATTLE ROYALE, ZATOICHI). OUTRAGE is now available on Video On Demand and starts a limited theatrical run on December 2nd. Check the Magnolia Pictures website for theater locations and dates. The following press notes and images are courtesy of Magnet Releasing/ Magnolia Pictures... Bandai Visual, TV Tokyo, Omnibus Japan, Office Kitano and Magnet Releasing Present a Magnet Release: OUTRAGE Written, Edited & Directed by Takeshi Kitano Official Selection: 2010 Cannes Film Festival 109 min., 2.35, 35mm

    Lineup includes SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO, A GHOST OF A CHANCE, ARRIETTY, OBA: THE LAST SAMURAI and GANTZ 1 & 2 Source: Japan Foundation, Sydney press releases Official Site: japanesefilmfestival.net Special Thanks to Evon Fung and Amanda Thompson Not long now until the 15th Japanese Film Festival hits Sydney and Melbourne with their biggest line-up to date. Featuring 30 films – all Australian premieres – festival organizers are thrilled to reveal the full program for 2011: OPENING FILM Koki Mitani’s A GHOST OF A CHANCE (???????, Suteki na Kanashibari, 2011) the festival with a hilarious courtroom drama where the only witness is a 421 year-old ghost. A mini retrospective of Mitani’s work, who is often referred to as Japan’s ‘King of Comedy’, will be featured in the festival with A GHOST OF A CHANCE as one of the screenings, along with SUITE DREAMS (??????

    Six New Japanese Films Screening November 25-27 Source: Barbican Centre, Sarah Harvey Publicity press release Special Thanks to Liz Parkinson Premiere Japan 2011 Barbican Film, Barbican Centre, London UK 25 – 27 November 2011 Now in its seventh year in London, Premiere Japan comes to the Barbican for the first time from 25 to 27 November, screening six of the best and most recent features and documentaries from Japan. Highlights include Locarno Film Festival winner, TOKYO PARK featuring rising star Haruma Miura; the latest delight from Yazaki Hitoshi, SWEET LITTLE LIES adapted from Ekuni Kaori’s best selling novel, and SKETCH OF MUJO the first documentary to be made in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami earlier this year. Each screening is preceded by a short film chosen from submissions made by students, both Japanese and non-Japanese, at the University of the Arts London. Premiere Japan

    US Theatrical Release Begins October 28th Source: FUNimation Entertainment press release Official Movie Site: funimation.com/the-woman-knight-of-mirror-lake (US) Special Thanks to Jackie Smith and Michelle Lee FUNimation Entertainment today announced it has acquired the home video, digital, mobile, television, and theatrical distribution rights for the live action film, THE WOMAN KNIGHT OF MIRROR LAKE (????•??, Jingxiong Nüxia - Qiu Jin, 2011). This semi-biographical film from director Herman Yau (THE LEGEND IS BORN – IP MAN) stars Yi Huang as the female revolutionist, Qiu Jin. Nicknamed the “Woman Knight of Mirror Lake,” Qiu Jin advocated equality between men and women during the late Qing Dynasty, believing a better future for women came under a Western-style government instead of the corrupt Manchu government. Herman Yau’s stunning film brings this legendary heroine’s skills to the screen as she blazes a path through the world of literature and the

    Eight Classic Titles Added in October Source: Golden Media Group Official Site: GooHead Internet Channel Special Thanks to Roy McAree For the past several months, the GooHead Internet Channel has been streaming— free of charge— classic Asian feature films and television series for viewers in the United States and Canada. In addition to the Gamera films and TV programs such as SUPER ROBOT RED BARON (???????? ??????, Suupaa Robotto Reddo Baron, 1973-1974) and IRON KING (???????, Aian Kinguu, 1972-1973), GooHead has been offering a number of movies starring martial arts legend Sonny Chiba (THE STREETFIGHTER, KILL BILL VOL. 1). The current selection includes nearly a dozen Sonny Chiba movies plus all 27 episodes of Chiba`s television series SHADOW WARRIORS (????, Kage no Gundan, 1980). In October, GooHead will add eight more Sonny Chiba titles to their lineup. Look for the following titles to be streamed in Japanese

    Free NYC Screenings of Acclaimed New Korean Films Source: Subway Cinema press release Official Site: koreanculture.org Korean Movie Night: Hidden Gems of Korean Cinema from September 6, 2011 ­ October 31, 2011 courtesy of the Korean Cultural Service Every other Tuesday @ 7pm Tribeca Cinemas 54 Varick Street (on the corner of Canal Street, one block from the A, C, E and 1 train Canal Street stops) New York, NY 10013 Free Admission. All seating is first-come, first served. Doors open at 6:30pm. For some reason, a lot of really amazing movies never make it out of Korea. Critics go nuts for them, but for one reason or another they never get any love from overseas distributors. The Korean Cultural Service aims to correct that with this series of three amazing movies from 2010 and 2011 that deserve bigger audiences. Tuesday, September 6 @ 7pm BLEAK NIGHT(???,

    THE TOEI CLASSIC ANIME MOVIE COLLECTION! An Interview with William Winckler Author: Bob Johnson Special thanks to Winckler-Oya Inc. and Toei Animation Co., Ltd. A SciFi JAPAN EXCLUSIVE! William Winckler has had a long career of acting, directing, writing and producing. From bit roles in television series and motion pictures to dubbing TEKKAMAN to making films of his own like THE DOUBLE-D AVENGER, Winckler has done just about every job you can imagine in Hollywood. Now he is returning to Japanese animation in a big way! For the last two years, he has been hard at work, putting together THE TOEI CLASSIC ANIME MOVIE COLLECTION! These are some of the most famous Japanese cartoons ever, with all-new English dubbing from Winckler-Oya Inc. The first wave is made up of 23 full-length feature films running 90 to 120 minutes each on all new HD masters! This

    Source: Third Window Films, The Associates press release Official Movie Site: kawasoko.com (Japan), thirdwindowfilms.com/sawako-decides (UK) Special Thanks to Adam Torel Yuya Ishii`s award winning comedy SAWAKO DECIDES (??????????, Kawa no Soko Kara Konnichi Wa, 2010), comes out in cinemas this July at the ICA in London and various other regional UK sites. SAWAKO DECIDES was the 19th Pia Film Festival scholarship winner and was picked as official selection for both the Berlin Film Festival and London Film Festival (among many others). It made its North American premiere at the 2010 New York Asian Film Festival/Japan Cuts, and won awards for `Best Film` and `Best Actress` at the Fantasia International Film Festival. The film stars the critically acclaimed actress Hikari Mitsushima, who started her career as a child star in REBIRTH OF MOTHRA II (???2 ??????, Mosura Tsuu Kaitei no Daikessen, 1997) before moving

    DEATH NOTE`s Tatsuya Fujiwara is the Ultimate Gambler in Big Screen Manga Adaptation Source: NTV (Nippon Television Network) Additional Images: 4Digital Media Official Movie Site: kaiji-movie.jp (Japan) Special Thanks to Asuka Kimura, Tzeling Huang, Steve Beecham and Steve Kirkham KAIJI (Kaiji Jinsei Gyakuten Geemu) is a 2009 live action film based on the best selling manga series. It was produced by a partnership of companies that include the Nippon Television Network (NTV), Toho, Kaiji manga publisher Kodansha, Horipro, YTV, Vap, DN Dreampartners, and Hint Inc. KAIJI was released theatrically in Japan by Toho on October 10, 2009. The film was a box office success, earning ¥2.1 billion yen (approximately $23 million US) during its theatrical run. A sequel has been announced for release in Japan in 2011. NTV is handling world sales of KAIJI and has promoted the movie at international trade shows such as the American

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