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Film Review: Only She Knows (1960) by Osamu Takahashi

Directed by Osamu Takahashi (assistant director to Yasujiro Ozu in “Tokyo Story”), “Only She Knows” mixes detective story with a melodrama in an interesting film noir style that runs at a mere 63 minutes.

“Only She Knows” screened at Japan Society

There is a murderer and rapist on the loose in the 1960s Tokyo, and the events are spanned over a couple of weeks in Christmas- and New Years’- time. Sugi (Fumio Watanabe) and Natsuyama (an Ozu regular Chishu Ryu) are the two police detectives chasing the criminal. He strikes at random women every four days, leaving no traces or clues for the police. Yet, the protagonists have one more thing in common – Sugi dates Natsuyama’s daughter Ayako, who becomes the next victim of the rapist. Although she survives the attack, her honour is still tarnished.

The strict moral code prohibits Ayako from telling about the event to her father or boyfriend.
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Macao: Hot Bets, Short Odds And Sure Things in the 2019 Iffam Program

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Macao: Hot Bets, Short Odds And Sure Things in the 2019 Iffam Program
Macao may be renowned for gambling, but the 4th International Film Festival & Awards of Macao (Iffam) features more than a few sure bets. Oscar-watchers should look out for Taika Waititi’s opening film “Jojo Rabbit”; Rupert Goold’s biopic of Judy Garland, “Judy,” which looks likely to land Renée Zellweger a best actress nomination; and Terrence Malick’s quiet meditation on faith and conscientious objection, “A Hidden Life.”

Meanwhile, likely too rich for Oscar’s blood, Robert Eggers’ uncategorizable “The Lighthouse,” starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe, is a wholly original experience — imagine if Herman Melville had scurvy and got drunk with Edgar Allan Poe.

Elsewhere, the guiding curatorial hand of Iffam Artistic Director Mike Goodridge makes itself especially felt in the selection from China, which includes Gu Xiaogang’s sprawling, inter-generational Edward Yang-indebted “Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains”; Johnny Ma’s tribute to the Chinese theatrical tradition “To Live To Sing
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Until the End of the World

An amazing Blu-ray year is capped by a genuine favorite, rescued by its filmmaker and set aside for almost twenty years. Wim Wenders was forced to make a shortened version of what he hoped would be his greatest success, following Wings of Desire: but he cleverly saved his 4.5-hour uncut version, making its Blu-ray debut on December 10. Longform video is currently the rage, so perhaps the time has finally come for the uncut Bis ans Ende der Welt. The music soundtrack is nothing less than fantastic, not to be missed.

Until the End of the World

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The Criterion Collection 1007

1991 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 158, 181, 287 min. / Bis ans Ende der Welt / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date December 10, 2019 / 39.95

Starring: Solveig Dommartin, William Hurt, Sam Neill, Rüdiger Vogler, Jeanne Moreau, Max von Sydow, Chishu Ryu, Kuniko Miyake, Allen Garfield, David Gulpilil, Ernie Dingo, Lois Chiles, Adelle Lutz, Chick Ortega, Eddy Mitchell,
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NYC Weekend Watch: Two by Ozu, Early Efforts, ‘All About Lily Chou-Chou’ & More

Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.

Film Forum

Two by Ozu, Tokyo Story and Tokyo Twilight, screen in restored versions.

Films by George Lucas and Joseph Losey play this weekend, as well as a print of Twelve O’Clock High.

Museum of Modern Art

MoMA has reopened, and it is–I do not say this lightly–almost too much in one weekend.
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Béla Tarr’s 10 Favorite Films

With a new restoration of Béla Tarr’s 1994 opus Sátántangó now playing in theaters, today we’re taking a look back at the Hungarian maestro’s favorite films. It may not be quite as immersive as attending his recent film school in Sarajevo, but watching these ten films may give one greater insight into his vision of the world.

As voted on in the latest Sight & Sound poll, selections include Carl Theodor Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc, Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Berlin Alexanderplatz (a film that’s about double the length of Sátántangó), fellow Hungarian director Miklós Jancsó’s break-out drama The Round-Up, and more.

We recently spoke with Tarr at Berlinale, where he gave some lively advice about filmmaking and the state of the industry, “Go and shoot something with your phone and find your own way and that’s all. Who cares? Fuck off this shitty film industry.
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Frances McDormand, Donald Sutherland Grace Lumière Festival Opening

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Frances McDormand, Donald Sutherland Grace Lumière Festival Opening
Lyon — The 11th Lumière Festival in Lyon, France, opened on Saturday with a celebration of its 10-year anniversary, a tribute to past Lumière Award recipients, and rousing standing ovations for Frances McDormand and Donald Sutherland, who are among the high-profile actors and filmmakers being feted this year.

Dedicated to heritage cinema, the festival was established in 2009 by Thierry Frémaux and Bertrand Tavernier, the Institut Lumière’s respective director and president.

Looking back at its decade-long history, the ceremony, held in Lyon’s cavernous Halle Tony Garnier concert hall, presented clips of all Lumière Award recipients, beginning with Clint Eastwood, who was the first person to receive the prize, followed by Miloš Forman, Gérard Depardieu, Ken Loach, Quentin Tarantino, Pedro Almodóvar, Martin Scorsese, Catherine Deneuve, Wong Kar-wai and Jane Fonda.

Praising Fonda for her activism, Frémaux informed the audience of the actress’ arrest on Friday outside the U.S. Capitol, eliciting
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Criterion Collection: The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice (1952) | Blu-ray Review

For those accustomed to the bittersweet greatest hits of Japanese auteur Yasujirô Ozu’s later period familial dramas, the lesser known 1952 social satire The Flavor of Green Tea Over Rice reminds one of a wider range than some of his revered titles would indicate. Seeing as this more obscured title arrived just a year prior to 1953’s ineffably devastating Tokyo Story (review), with its poignant intergenerational rifts, makes the latter title all the more unprecedented. Likewise, the coterie of titles marked by seasonal or time-oriented motifs which would follow in quick succession (Early Spring; Tokyo Twilight; Equinox Flower; Good Morning; Late Autumn; The End of Summer; An Autumn Afternoon) speaks to Ozu’s own dislike for the themes and motifs used here.…
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Film Review: The Way We Are (2008) by Ann Hui

In a style very close to the one of documentaries, Ann Hui takes a look at life in Tin Shui Wai, an area in the New Territories which was built in the 80s for the poorest Hong Kong inhabitants, and soon became a ghetto, filled with stories of crime, violence and tragedy in general. The tabloids picked up quickly and the area was frequently present in the news, which referred to it as “city of sadness”, focusing on all the “sad” events that took place there. Hui, on the other hand, chooses to show a more “normal” side of the area.

“The Way We Are” screened at Five Flavours

Cheung is a middle-aged widow, who works in a supermarket in order to support herself and her son Ka-on, who is spending his time doing nothing, just expecting the results of his exams. Cheung soon befriends Ms Kwai, an older woman
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Shochiku Backs U.K.’s Number 9 Films With First-Look Deal

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Number 9 Films has signed a first-look distribution deal for its films in Japan with Japanese studio Shochiku, the British independent announced Wednesday. As part of the multi-year deal, which will focus on Number 9’s slate of theatrical films, Shochiku will contribute to the production company’s overhead as well as development funding.

The first title to release through Shochiku has yet to be announced. Number 9’s development slate currently includes futuristic drama “The Assessor,” written by Nell Garfath-Cox and David Thomas, and “Mothering Sunday,” an adaptation of Graham Swift’s novel written by Alice Birch. Both projects are expected to go into production early next year and are being backed by the U.K.’s Film4.

Co-founded by Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen (pictured) in 2002, Number 9 Films has produced a roster of acclaimed titles, specialising in female-led stories. Recent projects have included Todd Haynes’ multi-Oscar nominated “Carol,” starring Cate Blanchett
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‘Carol’ producer Number 9 Films signs first-look deal with Japan’s Shochiku (exclusive)

The Japanese company is looking for female-led prestige dramas.

Number 9 Films, the London-based producer behind Carol and Colette, has struck a first-look deal with Japanese studio Shochiku, which will have first option for distribution rights in Japan on its future titles.

The unusual pact follows Shochiku’s identification that prestige English-language, female-led titles perform well theatrically in Japan. Shochiku has had recent hits with Aisling Walsh’s Maudie, starring Sally Hawkins, and Bjorn Runge’s The Wife, with Glenn Close, both of which grossed around $1m in the territory.

It is the first deal of its kind for Shochiku outside Japan.
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Film Review: Shoplifters (2018) by Hirokazu Kore-eda

“I thought she’d return to her home.”

Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda has been a guest at many international film festivals, but 2018 might go down as perhaps the most successful of his career. His 13th feature film “Shoplifters” has received not only the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, but as the year reached its end, it was found in many top-ten lists, from critics to general film fans alike. Even though the definition of the family unit with regards to outside factors such as poverty has been at the heart of Kore-eda’s body of work, “Shoplifters” has struck a chrod with many viewers.

But for its director the inspiration came while working on another film. During the production of “Like Father Like Son” (2013), he began to think about what actually makes a family. The film, which is about two families finding out their sons have been
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‘Welcome Back, Tora-San’ Set as Tokyo Film Festival Opener

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‘Welcome Back, Tora-San’ Set as Tokyo Film Festival Opener
“Welcome Back, Tora-san,” by veteran director Yoji Yamada, has been set as the opening title of this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival. The title is a 50th anniversary instalment in the long-running “It’s Tough Being a Man” film franchise.

The “It’s Tough Being a Man” (aka “Otoko wa Tsurai yo”) films follow the travels of a kind-hearted vagabond, Torajiro Kuruma (aka Tora-san) who is always unlucky in love. Each film features a different leading lady, called a Madonna, and a different region of Japan.

There were 49 previous “Tora-san” movies, with the last appearing in 1995. “It was always very exciting to anticipate the latest work in this series every summer and New Year holiday. The ‘Tora-san’ series was a nationwide favorite, and looking back, it also captures the history of popular actresses in Japan,” said Tokyo festival director Takeo Hisamatsu.

The new film focuses on Tora-san’s nephew Mitsuo,
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Water Cooler: Game of Thrones, Barry, Star Wars, Guava Island, Veep, Dark Side of the Ring, Detour, Little, Twilight Zone, Tokyo Story

Water Cooler: Game of Thrones, Barry, Star Wars, Guava Island, Veep, Dark Side of the Ring, Detour, Little, Twilight Zone, Tokyo Story
On the April 17 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor in chief Peter Sciretta is joined by managing editor Jacob Hall, weekend editor Brad Oman, senior writer Ben Pearson and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to talk about what we’ve been up to at the Water Cooler. You can subscribe to /Film Daily […]

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Artists’ Choice #11: Kanji Furutachi (actor) lists his 10 Favorite Japanese Movies

Kanji Furutachi is best known for playing Toshio, one of the leading roles in “Harmonium”, directed by Koji Fukada, which won the Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

He has also appeared in numerous plays in Japan, including the title role for the play “The Treasured Son”, which won Japan’s most prestigious drama award: The Kishida Drama Award.

His many film appearances include “Hospitalité” and “My Back Page” (for which he won the Best Supporting Actor Award from the Takasaki Film Festival and the Best New Comer Award at the Tama Cinema Forum). He studied acting with Uta Hagen, Carol Rosenfeld, and many others at Hb Studio in New York City.

Here are his ten favorite Japanese films, in no particular order

1. Tokyo Story

2. High and Low

3. Rashomon

4. Seven Samurai

5. The Yellow Handkerchief (Yoji Yamada,
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The Casual Cinecast reviews Tokyo Story

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In our newest Casually Criterion episode, we finally dive into Ozu's undisputed classic Tokyo Story! We aslo discuss the newest Criterion Collection announcements, goft ideas for movies nerds, and more!

Last month, we had a Twitter poll that allowed users to vote on which Criterion film we reviewed next. You voted and that film ended up being Tokyo Story (Spine #217)! Listen as we try to break down this classic, heartbreaking film. Does this film end up being as emtional as everyone says? Find out what we thought!

We also discuss the upcoming Criterion Collection releases that have been announced, the death of Filmstruck, upcoming gift ideas for the movie nerd in your life, and more! Be sure to listen to the end episode to the end to hear which movies we chose as the options for our next Casually Criterion episode!

Let us know if you agree with out review in the comments below!
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Seven Samurai tops critics' poll of best foreign-language films

Akira Kurosawa epic beats Bicycle Thieves to top of BBC’s 100-strong list that includes just four female-directed films

A critics’ poll conducted by the BBC has voted Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 swordsman epic Seven Samurai as the greatest ever non-English-speaking film.

The BBC culture website polled more than 200 “film experts” from more than 40 countries, including critics, academics and curators to create a top-100 list. Seven Samurai beat Bicycle Thieves (1948) and Tokyo Story (1953), which came in second and third respectively. Another Kurosawa film, the multi-perspective crime fable Rashomon (1950), was in fourth place, while his Ikiru (1952) and Ran (1985) also made the list, at 72 and 79.
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BBC’s 100 Greatest Foreign-Language Films Ever: 209 Film Critics Crown ‘Seven Samurai,’ ‘In the Mood for Love,’ and More

BBC’s 100 Greatest Foreign-Language Films Ever: 209 Film Critics Crown ‘Seven Samurai,’ ‘In the Mood for Love,’ and More
The BBC Culture annual critics’ poll has become one of the most anticipated film lists over the last three years. After asking critics to weigh in on the best American films (“Citizen Kane” topped the list), the best films of the 21st century (“Mulholland Drive” in first), and the best comedy movies (“Some Like It Hot” crowned the best), the BBC Culture has turned this year to the 100 greatest achievements in foreign-language film.

This year’s list was curated from top 10 lists from 209 film critics across 43 countries, including IndieWire’s own Kate Erbland and Christian Blauvelt. BBC Culture awarded 10 points to each critics’ first-ranked film, 9 for the second-ranked, and so on down to one. The finalized top 100 list was curated based on this point system.

Sitting on the top of the BBC Culture list is Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai.” The film’s breathtaking scope and intimate character work has
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Programme Announced for the 13th London Korean Film Festival 1 – 25 November

Running from 1- 14 November in London before taking highlights around the country with its annual UK Tour, the festival will feature an in-depth special focus entitled A Slice of Everyday Life, along with an exciting mix of UK and International premieres, guests and events across a diverse set of strands; Cinema Now, Women’s Voices, Indie Firepower, Contemporary Classics, Artists Video, Animation and Shorts.

Korea is regularly in the world news cycle of late due to some tense international political

machinations. This year’s festival moves from this global outlook to an intimate view of the dayto-day lives and struggles of the people of the country on the ground. The 13th London Korean Film Festival proudly presents a programme that incorporates and engages with many of the topical conversations taking place in society today, through the international language of cinema.

Highlighting the festival’s dual commitment to championing the work
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Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: Paul Schrader, Private Eyes, and Paul Verhoeven

Somehow, it is now late summer 2018. While the release of films like Solo: A Star Wars Story and Avengers: Infinity War seems long ago, they are represented in this latest rundown of books connected to the world cinema. But there is plenty else, including a classic from Paul Schrader, a juicy look at the Sumner Redstone empire, and a must-buy for fans of Clint Eastwood. Note that this summer also saw the release of David Lynch’s Room to Dream, a memoir co-written with journalist/critic Kristine McKenna. Nick Newman covered the insightful and surprisingly comprehensive book in June, and explains why Dream’s “enlightened restlessness” is so appropriate.

Transcendental Style in Film by Paul Schrader (University of California Press)

With First Reformed still making critical waves and Taylor Swift concert pics going viral, we are in the midst of a Paul Schrader renaissance. (A Schrenaissance!) It is an ideal time,
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Film Analysis: Tokyo Story (1953) by Yasujiro Ozu

By Jaim Cleeland

In discussing the statement ‘Ozu is the most Japanese of all directors’ it is worth noting that Japanese intellectuals at the end of World War II had a “desire to understand why Japanese people, especially intellectuals, had been so willing to accept” a nationalistic militarism leadership. The intellectuals saw “their task as re-shaping Japanese society […] that would protect it against fascism”.. The art-critic Hijikata Teiichi thought that after “the disastrous war […] the Japanese state domestically and the Japanese people as individuals both” had to develop independence. A move towards individual independence was that in the December after the war, women gained the right to vote. The following year in April 1946, “thirty-nine women were elected to the upper house of the Diet.”. The popular magazine for women Fujin kôron published an article by the socialist-feminist Amakawa Kikue who “presented women’s suffrage as the symbol of freedom of
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