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Film Review: The First Supper (2019) by Shiro Tokiwa

No one enjoys being forced to get along with strangers, let alone come to terms with having to live with them. The foundation of a new family, much like a funeral, collides people together with little regard for their desires but, no matter how much resistance is fought or how falsified the pleasantries, we have to accept it as a situation out of our hands and learn to make do. Much can be said about Shiro Tokiwa’s feature length debut “The First Supper”, which features both scenarios in two narrative timelines joined in spirit by the homely presence of food; while both timelines could have made for interesting viewing as separate films, this hodgepodge of a movie forces its audience through a menu of workable ingredients clumsily orchestrated into a buffet of nothingness.

“The First Supper” is screening at New York Asian Film Festival Winter Showcase 2020

Returning to their
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Steins;Gate Elite Review

Time travel is a power that you might think is cool at first, but eventually, you’ll realize how terrible it would really be. Altering one single moment can have an effect on someone’s life you would not have been able to predict. Even if it seems inconsequential at the time, you never know what something means in the greater picture. That’s one of the lessons learned in Steins;Gate Elite, an updated re-release of the original 2009 hit. Messing with the past is inherently dangerous, even more so in the hands of these amateurs.

Steins;Gate Elite centers around Okabe Rintaro, Aka Hououin Kyouma. The self-proclaimed mad scientist is the founder of the fledgling Future Gadget Laboratory, which has produced inventions as silly as its name. As you would expect from someone who willingly calls themselves mad, Okabe is a little off, so to speak. He constantly speaks of the Organization,
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Retro Slave: Neo Tokyo Cyberpunk Anthology [Full Movie]

Neo Tokyo (or "Labyrinth Tales") is a classic anime science fiction anthology adapted from the short stories written by Taku Mayumura.

The hour long film features three stories, each written and directed by different creators. The include:

1. Rintaro's "Labyrinth Labyrinthos," an exploration into the maze of a little girl's mind.

2. Yoshiaki Kawajiri's "Running Man," focusing on a deadly auto race.

3. Katsuhiro ?tomo's "Construction Cancellation Order," a cautionary tale about man's dependency on technology.


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Anime review: Metropolis, a Japanese anime movie from 2001!

In 1927, a German director Fritz Lang created the first sci-fi/futuristic movie "Metropolis" that later was the inspiration of the Ridley Scott movie "Blade Runner" and the classic Japanese anime movie "Ghost In The Shell". In 1945, a young Manga painter and writer Osamu Tezuka made his own version of  "Metropolis" in a trilogy comic book, "Metropolis", "Lost World", and "New World" but the trilogy remained unfinished when he instead started to work on "Astroboy" and even today the Metropolis manga book is still incomplete. During the 60s, Tezuka San was working on anime tv series "Astroboy" and "Kimba the White Lion" with the director Rintaro and writer Katsuhiro Otomo. In the late 70s Rintaro was scheduled for his first feature film, and he asked...

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The top 20 underappreciated films of 1987

From anime to pitch-black thrillers, here's our pick of the underappreciated movies of 1987...

Sometimes, the challenge with these lists isn't just what to put in, but what to leave out. We loved Princess Bride, but with a decent showing at the box office and a huge cult following, isn't it a bit too popular to be described as underappreciated? Likewise Joe Dante's Innerspace, a fabulously geeky, comic reworking of the 60s sci-fi flick, Fantastic Voyage.

What we've gone for instead is a mix of genre fare, dramas and animated films that may have garnered a cult following since, but didn't do well either critically or financially at the time of release. Some of the movies on our list just about made their money back, but none made anything close to the sort of returns enjoyed by the likes of 1987's biggest films - Three Men And A Baby, Fatal Attraction
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18 great animated films unavailable on Blu-ray

Odd List Ryan Lambie 28 Apr 2014 - 06:21

From Japanese anime to Disney via stop-motion, here are 18 animated films that are mystifyingly unavailable on Blu-ray...

Not all movies need to be seen in HD, but if there's one type of filmmaking that regularly benefits from the Blu-ray format, it's animation. Let us cite one example at random: My Neighbour Totoro. Until fairly recently, the only copy we had on the shelf was an early, imported version on DVD, which was grainy and a little washed-out.

When Studio Canal issued Totoro on Blu-ray in 2012, the difference in image quality was little short of a revelation: Hayao Miyazaki's colours and fluid lines positively shimmered. In short, it was like seeing this fresh, sun-drenched film again for the first time.

The same could be said for so many other animated films, no matter what country they come from: in high-definition, we can truly
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I nominate Japanese anime for most underrated genre | Robert Dewar

Toy Story 3 has got an Oscar nomination, but Japanese anime has produced works of great poignancy and depth for decades

Toy Story 3 is in the running for the best picture award at the 2011 Oscars, and pundits and public alike have been singing its praises; The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw called it "genuinely groundbreaking, pushing at the boundaries of cinema", dealing as it did with such issues as "growing up, growing old, and making way for one's children". A true coming-of-age story, then.

Bradshaw also pointed out that, because Toy Story 3 is animation, it was subject to snobbery and condescension by those who feel that live action is the only way to tell a story. He makes a good point: animation is often unfairly pushed aside to make way for "real" movies. It is a point that needs extending, for there is an entire industry, and a culture, that has been using
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Weekly Poll Results: Best Anime Film

Last week we asked you what the best anime film of all time was, and the results were pretty interesting. It's not so much that the winners were unexpected per se, but the top 3 choices were more closely matched in votes than probably any other poll we've had previously. Hayao Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke ended up on top with 21% of the votes, while another Miyazaki film, Spirited Away, was #2 at just shy of 20%. (Clearly we're going to have to do a showdown between all of Miyazaki's films at some point in the future.) Akira followed immediately after that, with Ghost in the Shell and Ninja Scroll rounding out the top 5. I was a bit surprised to see Rintaro's Metropolis relegated to last place, but I suppose given the competition it's understandable. Do you concur with these results? 1. Princess Mononoke -- 21.4% 2. Spirited Away -- 19.9% 3. Akira -- 19.6% 4. Ghost in the Shell
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Sky Crawlers DVD and Blu

There is a lot of love around here for last years (rather ignored at the Japanese Box Office) animated feature (Damn you Ponyo!): The Sky Crawlers. Mamoru Oshii‘s high-flying social science fiction melodrama is certainly one of the most handsome films I have seen in ages, and features the best sound design ever. Period. (The aerial dog-fight footage pounded the cinema I was in, yet even the lighting of a cigarette or a character walking down the hall had aural resonance.) It is also a swanky mixture between the directors predisposition for the ‘heady stuff’ and a mainstream accessibility. The balance is quite nice actually, and the narrative story telling is complicated, rich, and satisfying. Am I being hyperbolic on this film? Well, the darn thing deserves some love. And for those who missed the really thin theatrical release in North America, the DVD and Blu-Ray is going to drop on May 26th.
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