With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

BELIEVER coming to Digital, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack & DVD on Oct. 30

Well Go USA
Directed by LEE Hae-Young
South Korea, 2018, 124 minutes

Directed by Lee Hae-Young (The Silenced), Believer, the stylish, action-packed remake of Johnnie To’s Drug War, hits digital, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD October 30th from Well Go USA Entertainment. While technically a remake, Cary Darling of The Houston Chronicle notes that “Lee Hae-Yeong’s gripping retelling ... stands on its own and is different enough from the original to make it less a clone and more of a genuflection.”

The story follows an investigator who, in an effort to bring down the boss of Asia’s biggest drug cartel, conspires with a lowly member of the gang seeking revenge against the boss. BELIEVER, stars Cho Jin-woong (The Handmaiden), Ryu Jun-yeol (A Taxi Driver), Kim Joo-hyuck (The Servant), Kim Sung-ryoung (The Target), Park Hae-jun (Unforgettable) and Cha Seoung-won (Man on High Heels).

A low-level drug dealer facing prosecution conspires with a dangerously ambitious cop to bring down a major cartel’s psychotic kingpin in this electric crime thriller, based on Johnnie To’s critically-acclaimed Drug War.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Umetsugu Inoue: Japan's Music Man, a three film series, coming to Japan Soceity December 15th and 16th

Japan Society NY
 Umetsugu Inoue: Japan's Music Man
When: December 15-16, 2018
Where: Japan Society NY
333 East 47th Street, NYC
Tickets- $14/$11 seniors & students / $10 members

"A director who had a big impact on Japanese and Hong Kong pop cinema... Inoue's mix of music, action, and hot young talent became a template for a new genre, called Nikkatsu Action."
— Variety

A prolific and versatile filmmaker who worked across a wide range of genres throughout his long career, Umetsugu Inoue (1923-2010) made his mark at Nikkatsu Studios in the 1950s with a series of highly entertaining, genre-blending musical films that captured the explosive energy of Japan's jazz fueled youth culture.

For this weekend film series, Japan Society is proud to present three of Nikkatsu's newly-subtitled, full-color Inoue classics starring heartthrob (and so-called "Japanese Elvis Presley") Yujiro Ishihara, the biggest male singing film star in postwar Japan.

Each film will be screened twice, once each day of the weekend film series:

- The Winner
- The Stormy Man
- The Eagle and the Hawk

Special Offer: Purchase all 3 Umetsugu Inoue films in the same transaction and receive $2 off each ticket!

Friday, October 19, 2018

U.S. Premiere of UNTIL RAINBOW DAWN in New York on Monday, October 29th

Until Rainbow Dawn
Directed by Mika Imai
Japan, 2018, 63 minutes

When: Monday, October 29, 7:30 PM 
Where: LGBT Community Center
208 West 13th Street, New York 
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U.S. Premiere  

Hana Takahashi (Eri Nagai) and Ayumi Hoshino (Haruka Kobayashi), both deaf girls, meet through a sign language group and they fall in love. Hana goes back to her parents and comes out about dating a girl, Ayumi. Her parents ask her to leave. Hana is shocked, lost and feels rejected. Ayumi decides to take Hana to an event in Tokyo, a gathering of deaf LGBTQ. Will Hana find like-minded people, will she open her heart and finally accept herself?

Directed by Mika Imai who is also deaf, the film is told through sign language.

This screening is part of NewFest: New York’s LGBT Film Festival and is presented in partnership by Japan Society NY, NewFest and ReelAbilities Film Festival: New York.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

GIRLS VS. GANGSTERS coming to digital on October 2nd and to DVD on November 6th

Well Go USA
Girls vs. Gangsters / Gui mi 2
Directed by Chun-Chun Wong
China, 2018, 138 minutes

Here's the low down on this comedy coming to digital on October 2nd and to DVD on November 6th from Well Go USA Entertainment:

After a drinking contest with some questionable local spirits at an out-of-control bachelorette party, five friends wake up naked on a beach to discover one of them is handcuffed to a locked suitcase, one has a strange new tattoo, and none of them have any clue what happened the night before in Girls vs. Gangsters, the fun-filled sequel to the over-the-top 2014 romp Girls. They soon become the target of local gangsters as they try to retrace their drunken steps and make it back home and to the alter on time.

Directed by Barbara Wong (Break Up Club, Girls), the film stars Fiona Sit (The Midnight After), Yihan Chen (Spider Lilies) and Ning Chang (Black & White: The Dawn of Justice), with a special appearance from Mike Tyson (Ip Man 3, Kickboxer: Retaliation).

A wild bachelorette weekend in a foreign city spins hilariously out of control in this over-the-top sequel to the box office smash Girls. After a drinking contest with some questionable local spirits, three friends wake up naked on a beach to discover two are handcuffed to a locked suitcase, one has a strange new tattoo, and none of them have any clue what happened the night before. When they soon find themselves pursued by local gangsters, their only shot at making it home - and to the altar - is to piece together the previous night’s events while on the run.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

CURE coming to Japan Society NY on October 26th

Japan Society NY

Cure © 1997 KADOKAWA
Cure / Kyua
Directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa
With Koji Yakusho, Masato Hagiwara, Tsuyoshi Ujiki, Anna Nakagawa
Japan, 1997, 11 minutes 
35mm, color, in Japanese with English subtitles

When: Friday, October 26th at 7:00 PM
Where: Japan Society
333 East 47th Street, NYC
Tickets- $14/$11 seniors & students / $5 members

An international breakout hit that firmly established director Kiyoshi Kurosawa as a master of fear, Cure follows detective Takabe (the great Koji Yakusho) as he investigates a series of gruesome Tokyo murders in which a large X is found carved into the base of each victim's throat. When Takabe confronts the only link to every crime scene, a mysterious drifter who possibly possesses hypnotic powers, he is pulled into an unsettling mind game that risks his own sanity. Utilizing an ingenious visual style that evokes horror in every frame, Kurosawa's deeply unnerving twist on the police procedural suggests modern society's unknowing capacity for unspeakable evil.
18+ This film is unrated, but is not recommended for persons younger than 18 years of age due to violent imagery.