With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

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

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

IRON GIRL: ULTIMATE WEAPON debuts on DVD on December 1st

Section23 Films
Switchblade Pictures
Iron Girl: Ultimate Weapon
Directed by Ken'ichi Fujiwara
Screenplay by Yasutoshi Murakawa
Japan, 2015, 84 minutes
Language: Japanese with English Subtitles
SRP: $19.98

It's the same post-apocalyptic world in this sequel to the original Iron Girl film, and Chris, the mysterious bounty hunter better known as Iron Girl, is still the deadliest fighter on the planet. Unfortunately, she also still has no memory of who she is or where she came from, and, in a land where knowledge is power that means her days could be numbered. Everything may be about to change, however, if she can acquire a priceless memory-retrieving device called The Storage.

But to get it, Iron Girl will have to save a colony and take on both an army of assassins and a renegade group of bandit militia called Sparti United. It's a sequel that's far more than an equal, with more daring stunts, more explosions and more Iron Girl action than ever before as fist, feet, and other body parts go flying in Iron Girl: Ultimate Weapon.

Special features include the Japanese trailer and a 20 minute "Making of Iron Girl" featurette.

Look for a full review here on or just before the December 1st release of this very sexy action film.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

N. American debut of Korean thriller THE PRIESTS on Thanksgiving Day

CJ Entertainment
The Priests
Directed by JANG Jae-hyun
South Korea, 2015, 108 minutes

CJ Entertainment’s latest thriller The Priests  makes its North American debut beginning Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 2015 in Los Angeles and Dallas, followed by a wider release on December 4, 2015 in San Francisco, New Jersey, Honolulu, Seattle, Vancouver, Toronto and more.

The Priests is an exorcism thriller about a young girl who belongs to Father Kim's parish and becomes comatose after a hit-and-run accident. Father Kim and a rebellious young seminarian named Choi believe that she is possessed by an evil spirit. When they try to free her from the demon's powerful hold, they realize that this nameless evil is far more dangerous than they ever thought.

For theater locations, artwork, and more visit http://www.cj-entertainment.com/movies/151116-001/the-priests.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Free screening of CHOI Dong-hoon's ASSASSINATION on December 1st

Korean Cultural Service NY
Asia Society NY
Korean Movie Night New York
Korean Blockbusters Strike Back!
Assassination / Am-sal
Directed by Choi Dong-hoon
Starring : Jun Gianna, Lee Jung-jae, Ha Jung-woo, Oh Dal-soo,
Cho Jin-woong, and Choi Deok-moon
South Korea, 2015, 140 minutes, Digital
In Korean with English subtitles.

When: Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 6:30 PM
Where: Asia Society 725 Park Avenue at 70th Street, NYC

Free Admission; all seating is first come, first served
Doors open @ 6 pm

The master of Korean ensemble blockbusters, director Choi Dong-hoon (The Thieves), is back with a historic espionage action drama set in Shanghai and Seoul in 1933, during Japanese colonial rule. The Korean government in exile has given one of its top undercover operatives, Agent Yem (Lee Jung-jae, New World), a mission: recruit three people to infiltrate occupied Seoul and assassinate the Japanese general along with a Korean collaborator. He selects steely-eyed female sniper Ahn (Gianna Jun, The Thieves), a brawler Big Gun (Jo Jin-ung, A Hard Day), and an explosives expert (Choi Deok-mun). But Agent Yem is a double-agent for the Japanese and he hires a hitman Hawaii Pistol (Ha Jung-woo, The Terror Live, The Chaser), to kill the assassins.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

North American debut of THE WORLD OF KANAKO on Dec 4th

Drafthouse Films
Akikazu Fujishima (Kôji Yakusho) attempts to console Rie Azuma (Miki Nakitani), the mother of one of his daughter’s friends, in Drafthouse Films’ The World of Kanako. Courtesy of Drafthouse Films.
The World of Kanako / Kawaki
Directed by Tetsuya Nakashima
Japan, 2014, 118 minutes

Controversial, ultra-violent thriller from acclaimed
Japanese auteur Tetsuya Nakashima to be released
theatrically and On Demand this December

Drafthouse Films is preparing the North American release of director Tetsuya Nakashima’s (Kamikaze Girls, Confessions) latest thriller, festival sensation and provocative Japanese box office hit The World Of Kanako on December 4th. The film will be simultaneously released in select theaters, as well as available via multiple digital VOD platforms including Amazon Instant, iTunes, Vimeo, VHX and more. A home video release on Blu-ray and DVD is slated for early 2016.

Based on a 2005 novel by Akio Fukamachi, often deemed unfilmable due to the lurid nature of the narrative, and drawing comparisons to groundbreaking Asian cinema genre classics such as Kim Jee-woon’s I Saw the Devil, Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy and Takashi Miike’s Ichi The Killer, The World Of Kanako is an expertly-crafted, relentless sledgehammer to the senses. Critical and popular response to the film in Japan prompted Nakashima to release a statement which helped audiences understand the “grotesque” nature of the film.

In The World Of Kanako, broken ex-detective Akikazu (the prolific Kôji Yakusho; 13 Assassins, Babel, Shall We Dance?) searches for his missing teenage daughter (newcomer Nana Komatsu), only to discover that she may not be the person who he once thought she was a shocking trail of drugs, sex and violence. Kanako is Nakashima’s ninth feature, following the highly acclaimed and equally devastating Confessions, Japan’s submission to the 2011 Academy Awards.

The World Of Kanako had its North American premiere at Toronto International Film Festival in 2014 and has played multiple regional festivals since, including Austin’s Fantastic Fest. Drafthouse Films COO James Emanuel Shapiro believes that the timing was key for the upcoming release: “It’s a Christmas movie for those who require a dose of Asian extreme in their holiday cheer.”

About The World Of Kanako

An uncompromising revenge thriller of operatic scope, The World of Kanako is a non-stop visual and emotional assault to the senses as it follows troubled ex-detective Akikazu (Kôji Yakusho, 13 Assassins, Babel) on the hunt for his missing teenage daughter, Kanako. What he discovers in his search is an unsettling and harrowing web of depravity––surrounding both Kanako and himself. As Akizaku stumbles along a shocking trail of drugs, sex and violence, he finds himself woefully unprepared for the revelations that affect all he holds dear.

Directed by Tetsuya Nakashima (Confessions, Japan’s submission for the Academy’s® best foreign language film in 2011), The World of Kanako is an astonishing tour de force of mystery, beauty and boundary-pushing violence. A wildly kinetic and startlingly venomous throwback to the best that Asian extreme cinema has to offer, The World of Kanako offers a trip right up to the edge of a man's private hell––and over it.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Sentai Filmworks acquires UTAWARERUMONO (OVA)

Sentai Filmworks has announced its latest acquisition, Utawarerumono (OVA). This comedic fantasy anime consists of a group of side-stories to supplement the Utawarerumono universe. Fans of the series will recognize many characters from the series as they run into more adventures and mischief.

Kenichiro Katsura took the helm as director of the episodes, with scripting done by Takamitsu Kouno. Original character designs were provided by Tatsuki Amazuyu, with sound direction by Takatoshi Hamano. Animation production was handled by AQUAPLUS and Chaos Project.

Utawarerumono (OVA) will be available domestically through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.