Miike Takashi + Kitano Takeshi = IZO. The trailer is out, and it’s completely insane. This looks like it might top every other film Miike has done (and that’s a helluva long list).

We’ll Do What We Want!

Miike Takashi is still da man.

We have to change the negative things into positive. In today’s Japanese film industry we always say we don’t have enough budget, that people don’t go to see the films. But we can think of it in a positive way, meaning that if audiences don’t go to the cinema we can make any movie we want. After all, no matter what kind of movie you make it’s never a hit, so we can make a really bold, daring movie. There are many talented actors and crew, but many Japanese movies aren’t interesting. Many films are made with the image of what a Japanese film should be like. Some films venture outside those expectations a little bit, but I feel we should break them. (Miike Takashi)

Via Die Puny Humans.

Classic Japanese Cinema

Kurosawa Akira, Mizoguchi Kenji, Shimizu Hiroshi, Gosho Heinosuke, Ichikawa Kon… A total of six movies by such grand masters of Japanese cinema from the 1930s-50s are shown with English subtitles (‘The Idiot’ and ‘Scandal’ even in new prints). This is also a precious chance to experience the juicy performances of famed actresses Yamada Isuzu, Hara Setsuko, Takamine Mieko, Awashima Chikage and others. The program further includes a lecture by Japanese film specialist and director, Donald Richie (admission free!). Not only for foreign residents in Tokyo, but for everybody interested in Japanese cinema, this is a great chance not to miss, especially since tickets are only 600 yen at the door! (REALTOKYO)

The event takes place June 25-27 at the Japan Foundation Forum in Akasaka. More info here.

Yokohama French Film Festival 2004


It’s that time of the year again, when the Yokohama French Film Festival comes into town.

If you are a fan of French movies, the Yokohama French Film Festival, an annual event to be held June 16-20 this year, is a must-see. A delegation of as many as 50 French actors and filmmakers, headed by actress Emmanuelle Beart of 8 femmes fame, will be present at Pacifico Yokohama to greet filmgoers and introduce their respective films. The Yokohama French Film Festival, has annually served a tempting buffet of French movies for 12 years, making it a great occasion for moviegoers in Japan to sample the best of current French film firsthand.

Read the rest of the DAILY YOMIURI article.

Short Shorts Film Festival 2004

‘Biting sharpness, a lingering afterglow, and the fire of a rough diamond.’ According to Short Shorts representative, actor Bessho Tetsuya, these are the attributes that make short films so attractive. One of the outstanding titles among the 1,481 entries that were submitted for this festival’s sixth installment include ‘Lost In Translation’ maker Sophia Coppola’s ‘Lick the Star’. It is reportedly some kind of prototype of the director’s film ‘The Virgin Suicides’, and this alone should be reason enough to watch it. Also on the program in this Olympic year are a number of Greek contributions. ‘Short Shorts Asia’, by the way, which is going to be held in October, is still calling for entries, so I recommend all filmmakers and video artists to send their works. (REALTOKYO)

Get more info at the official site.