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Full Us Trailer for Cel-Shaded Anime Film 'Promare' with Matoi Mechas

"Someone has to shoulder the fate of mankind." GKids has unveiled the full-length official Us trailer for the Japanese anime feature film Promare, from animation filmmaker Hiroyuki Imaishi. We featured the first teasers previously, but give this full trailer a look. This is the first feature-length film made by the acclaimed studio known as Trigger. "Promare uses a bold cel-shaded visual style to tell a blistering action-adventure story, and is the spiritual successor to many of director Imaishi’s former works." The story follows Galo and the Burning Rescue Fire Department who battle against "Mad Burnish", a group of mutants who are able to control and wield flames, and the fire disaster they have unleashed on Earth. The main Japanese voice cast features Arata Furuta, Tetsu Inada, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Masato Sakai, Taichi Saotome, and Kenichi Matsuyama. Glad to see this will be playing in theaters in the Us. Here's the
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First Trailer for Japanese Anime 'Promare' About Firefighting Mechas

"Together with your flames and stupid ambitions!" GKids has debuted the first Us trailer for the Japanese anime feature film Promare, from animation filmmaker Hiroyuki Imaishi. This is the first feature-length film made by the acclaimed studio known as Trigger. "Promare uses a bold cel-shaded visual style to tell a blistering action-adventure story, and is the spiritual successor to many of director Imaishi’s former works." The story follows Galo and the Burning Rescue Fire Department who face off against "Mad Burnish", a group of mutants who are able to control and wield flames, and the fire disaster they have unleashed on Earth. The Japanese voice cast features Arata Furuta, Tetsu Inada, Hiroyuki Yoshino, Masato Sakai, Taichi Saotome, and Kenichi Matsuyama. I dig the visual style and look of this, not what we usually see. And I like the cool subtitle design they use in this trailer. Give it a look below.
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Movie Review – Napping Princess (2017)

Napping Princess, 2017.

Directed by Kenji Kamiyama.

Featuring the voice talents of Mitsuki Takahata, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Tomoya Maeno, Rie Kugimiya, Arata Furuta, and Hideki Takahashi.

Synopsis:

Kokone has had dreams of a strange fantasy land full of pirates and machinery since she was a child. However, now in high school, she can’t seem to stop herself from constantly falling asleep. As she jumps in and out of consciousness Kokone begins to realize that the two worlds are far closer than they appear.

Napping Princess is a film of two stories. In the real world Kokone is a high school student stuck in a small town with a father whose thoughts don’t much go past whatever vehicle he’s tinkering on. However, whenever Kokone falls asleep she finds herself in Heartland – a kingdom ruled by the monarchy from a gargantuan automobile factory, where she is the princess gifted with magic powers.
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Village Inc flies to Berlin with new international cut of 'Stray Nightingale'

  • ScreenDaily
Exclusive: Lavish stage play filmed using ‘Geki Cine’ style with 20 HD cameras.

Japan’s Village Inc is launching an international cut of its latest ‘Geki Cine’ production, Stray Nightingale, at this week’s European Film Market (Efm) in Berlin.

Village Inc’s Geki Cine label films the company’s lavish stage plays using 20 HD cameras, surround sound and high-end post-production.

Stray Nightingale, directed by acclaimed theatre director Hidenori Inoue and starring Arata Furuta (Shin Godzilla), has already had a sell-out run in major cities in Japan.

Written by rising playwright Yutaka Kuramochi, the play tells the story of a retired thief taking refuge in a tavern who comes across a man who saved his life many years ago. The cast also includes TV actress Izumi Inamori and rising actor Shunsuke Daitoh.

“Some of our previous Geki Cine productions have screened in China and Korea to full houses and positive reviews,” said Village
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Takashi Miike proves that he is the master of manga adaptations with “The Mole Song – Hong Kong Capriccio”

Reiji Kikukawa, the sleaziest and most preposterous undercover agent returns, alongside his “boss,” “Crazy Papillon”, this time having to deal with an all new collection of enemies and some newfound allies. The latter mainly include the gang’s big boss, Shuho Todoroki, who offers “Crazy Papillon” a sakazuki (a kind of truce) and names him his successor. Furthermore, he tasks him with exterminating a Chinese gang called “Dragon Skulls”, while he makes Reiji his bodyguard. As Reiji tries to avoid the advances of both Todoroki’s wife and daughter, the new police chief, Shinya Kabuto, is determined to fight the Yakuza relentlessly. Lastly, the Flying Squirrel, an ex-member of the gang that was excommunicated by Todoroki, also resurfaces, in a story where each member’s role is unclear.

Miike directs a film that functions in a way that stays true to the original medium, as he manages to capture all of its preposterous,
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New Trailer for the Upcoming Godzilla Film

The 31st film in the franchise is scheduled to be released on July 29, 2016. Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion) and Shinji Huguchi (Attack on Titan) will co-direct, with the former also penning the script.

When the Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line mysteriously floods and collapses, Japan’s Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Rando Yaguchi is convinced that the incident was caused by a living creature. His claims are shrugged off by the Prime Minister who assumes the accident was caused by a natural disaster. However when a long massive tail surfaces from the Bay, the possibility of a giant monster becomes a reality

Hiroki Hasegawa (Why Don’t You Play in Hell?), Satomi Ishihara (Attack on Titan) and Yutaka Takenouchi(Best Wishes for Tomorrow) will star, while 328 well known actors will appear in supporting and cameo appearances including Kengo Kora, Ren Osugi, Akira Emoto, Kimiko Yo, Jun Kunimura, Mikako Ichikawa, Pierre Taki, Takumi Saito,
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Trailer for the upcoming Shin Godzilla film

The 31st film in the franchise is scheduled to be released on July 29, 2016. Hideaki Anno (Neon Genesis Evangelion) and Shinji Huguchi (Attack on Titan) will co-direct, with the former also penning the script.

Hiroki Hasegawa (Why Don’t You Play in Hell?), Satomi Ishihara (Attack on Titan) and Yutaka Takenouchi(Best Wishes for Tomorrow) will star, while 328 well known actors will appear in supporting and cameo appearances including Kengo Kora, Ren Osugi, Akira Emoto, Kimiko Yo, Jun Kunimura, Mikako Ichikawa, Pierre Taki, Takumi Saito, Keisuke Koide, Arata Furuta, and Atsuko Maeda.
See full article at AsianMoviePulse »

‘Harlock: Space Pirate’ VOD Review

  • Nerdly
Stars: Yû Aoi, Jessica Boone, Ayano Fukuda, Arata Furuta, Adam Gibbs, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, David Matranga, Haruma Miura, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Rob Mungle, Emily Neves, Shun Oguri, Chikao Ohtsuka, Maaya Sakamoto, Miyuki Sawashiro | Written by Harutoshi Fukui, Kiyoto Takeuchi | Directed by Shinji Aramaki

2977: Forced to flee a ravaged Earth, humans have now depleted the corners of the galaxy to which they fled. Earth has become the most valued and precious resource of all, controlled by the corrupt Gaia Coalition which governs the human race across the different galaxies. One man, along with his pirate crew, stand against the Coalition, determined to keep it from controlling the universe.

Space Pirates, guys! Come on, what more do I have to say? This review basically writes itself. Pirates. In space. If that’s what you want, this is the film for you. You want dramatic space battles, rather crazy non-stop action and the intense
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Space Fightin’ Trailer for the CG Movie Space Pirate Captain Harlock

Look out for the ship … with the giant ramming skull! I’ve never actually heard of “Space Pirate Captain Harlock”, but then again, I’ve never heard of a lot of things. It looks pretty cool, though. So what is Space Pirate Captain Harlock, anyway? We’re told that it’s about the titular Captain Harlock, who “rebels against Earth’s inept government and fights for humanity with his crew of 40 aboard the invincible space battleship Arcadia”. Apparently it started life as a Japanese manga in the late ’70s, became an animated TV series about the same time, and even inspired some big-screen movies. The trailer that you see below is for a new “Captain Harlock” CG movie directed by Shinji Aramaki and written by Harutoshi Fukui. Starring Yuu Aoi, Arata Furuta, Ayano Fukuda, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Maaya Sakamoto, Miyuki Sawashiro, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, and Chikao Ohtsuka, “Space Pirate Captain Harlock” is
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Gravitas moves into Apartment 1303 starring Mischa Barton

Mischa Barton, Rebecca De Mornay and Julianne Michelle starrer Apartment 1303 3D, a horror based on novel by Kei Ôishi, will be distributed theatrically, and on VOD by Gravitas Ventures. Sources say that the film will hit VOD on June 17th, and find a theaters more than a month later on July 25th. Michael Taverna directs the film which also stars Corey Sevier and John Diehl. This is actually a remake of the 2007 film of the same title directed by Ataru Oikawa which starred Noriko Nakagoshi, Arata Furuta and Eriko Hatsune. Cindy Nelson-Mullen, Jim Steele, David Shoshan and Taverna produce.
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Gravitas moves into Apartment 1303 starring Mischa Barton

Mischa Barton, Rebecca De Mornay and Julianne Michelle starrer Apartment 1303 3D, a horror based on novel by Kei Ôishi, will be distributed theatrically, and on VOD by Gravitas Ventures. Sources say that the film will hit VOD on June 17th, and find a theaters more than a month later on July 25th. Michael Taverna directs the film which also stars Corey Sevier and John Diehl. This is actually a remake of the 2007 film of the same title directed by Ataru Oikawa which starred Noriko Nakagoshi, Arata Furuta and Eriko Hatsune. Cindy Nelson-Mullen, Jim Steele, David Shoshan and Taverna produce.
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DVD Review: 13 Assassins

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13 Assassins

Stars: Koji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yusuke Iseya, Mikijiro Hira, Hiroki Matsukata | Written by Daisuke Tengan & Shoichiro Ikemiya | Directed by Takashi Miike

“In mid-19th Century Japan the era of the samurai is beginning to fade as the feudal nation begins to enjoy a rare period of peace. But the fragile calm is soon threatened by the bloody rise of Lord Naritsugu, the Shogun’s sadistic, psychopathic younger brother, whose position places him above the law and free to rape, mutilate and murder on a whim. Concerned that Naritsugu’s actions will eventually destroy the Shogunate, top Shogun official Sir Doi covertly calls on esteemed and noble samurai warrior Shinzaemon Shimada (Koji Yakusho) to assassinate the evil Lord before it is too late. Shinzaemon willingly agrees and immediately gathers together an elite group of samurai to assist him in the task, knowing that what they are about to embark upon
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SXSW Film 2011 Cheat Sheet

  • IFC
...Or we should say "Cheat Sheets" since this year's SXSW Film Festival boasts over 140 films, requiring more than just one page to cover every single one of the narrative and documentary features that will be playing in Austin from March 11th through 19th. While the festival has already provided a very helpful schedule to flip through and Pdf of the screening grid online, consider this your quick hit guide to all the features at the festival - every title leads to its corresponding festival page in addition to links to trailers, official sites, filmmakers' Facebook pages and Twitter accounts so you can follow the action from the festival or from home.

Meanwhile, there will be plenty of action during these next two weeks on IFC.com where, in addition to our live video page, Matt Singer (@mattsinger) and I (@mfrushmore) will be filing reviews and interviews throughout the film festival.
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Koji Yakusho leads the ‘13 Assassins’ cast!

Sweet Samurai Jesus.

It was only yesterday that we put up five pics from the upcoming redo of 13 Assassins by Takashi Miike and like that we now know who all 13 actors will be. Led by Koji Yakusho, who most around these parts would know from Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Retribution, Cure, Pulse, Tokyo Sonata, to name a few, in the lead assassin role of Shimada Shinzaemon, the other dozen actors are Hiroki Matsukata [Izo],  Yusuke Iseya [Blindness, Sukiyaki Western Django and Casshern], Takayuki Yamada [Crows Zero films and Mw], Tsuyoshi Ihara [Letter from Iwo Jima], Arata Furuta [Tokyo Zombie and Zebraman], Ikki Sawamura [Gokusen: The Movie and Steamboy], Sousuke Takaoka [Crows Zero films, Blue Spring and Battle Royale], Yuma Ishigaki [Gokusen: The Movie, Azumi 2 and Battle Royale 2], Masataka Kubota, Seiji Rokkaku [My Boss, My hero], Kazuki Namioka [Crows Zero films, L Change the World and Midnight Eagle], and Koen Kondo [Linda Linda Linda, Zebraman and Nodome Cantabile].

That is a fine mix of veteran and young talent. Filming has only just begun and is expected to go into September which means we still have a ways to go before we get to see this.
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