With MOON So-ri at Asia Society NY

With MOON So-ri at Asia Society NY
With MOON So-ri at Asia Society NY

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Free screening of Nora NOH in NYC next Tuesday, April 29th

Korean Cultural Service New York
Korean Movie Night 2014
Series Two
Korean Girl Power: Embracing What Matters
 Nora NOH
Directed by KIM Seong
South Korea, 2013, 93 minutes
When: Tuesday April 29, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
Doors open: 6:30 PM
Where: Tribeca Cinemas 54 Varick Street, on the corner of Canal, NYC
Near the A, C, E @ #1 Canal Street subway stops
Admission: FREE!!!
North American Premiere

Nora NOH was considered one of the Korea’s greatest fashion designers, and dominated the Korean fashion scene – and culture – of the 1980s. She was the first person to host a fashion show in Korea, brought miniskirts to the forefront of fashion, and became the first Korean designer to secure placement in Macy’s department store. Join us for this exhilarating story of a trailblazing feminist’s struggles and successes – brought to life through interviews, rare photos, and absolutely amazing footage. This celebratory documentary from director KIM Sung is a special kind of film that young and old, men and women, simply cannot miss.

[Note; Although this trailer does not have them, the
film that will be shown does have English subtitles]

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sentai Filmworks announces acquisition of THE COMIC ARTIST AND HIS ASSISTANTS

In this office the assistants hold the whip, and nothing will keep them from meeting their deadlines in Sentai Filmworks' latest acquisition, The Comic Artist and His Assistants. This slice of life comedy series is directed by Takeshi Furuta (Tiger & Bunny, Place to Place) with series composition by Aki Itami (Flowers of Evil, Fruits Basket), character design by Hitomi Tsuruta (Gintama, Cyberteam in Akihabara) and animation production by ZEXCS (Say, “I Love You”, Chu-Bra!!).

Synopsis: The life of an artist can be hard: Long, laborious hours working in a studio with only your thoughts and assistants to keep you company. In the case of overworked mangaka Aito Yuuki his attempts to merge the two are so far unsuccessful. With so many lovely ladies around, Aito’s stream of consciousness tends to quickly get off the rails and take a turn for the perverse. His priorities are askew and subjecting his assistants to his fantasies has taken precedent over work.

Despite Aito’s blatant abuse of power, his beautiful, talented assistants are willing to play along if it means that their work will be successful. It’s all for the sake of the manga, right? At least, that’s what they tell themselves until Aito’s gets a little grabby. Thankfully, editor Mihari is there to keep him in line, from threatening to fire him to physical punishment. Will Aito’s abuse of power result in romance or rough treatment? Find out in this comedy slice of life - The Comic Artist and His Assistants. 

The Comic Artist and His Assistants will be available soon through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Birthday wishes to Johnnie To

Writer, producer and director Johnnie To was born in Hong Kong on April 22, 1955. He's probably best known for his crime/action or policier films. Among the more than 50 movies he's directed are:

The Mission (1999
PTU (2003)
Drug War (2012)

Such well known Hong Kong stars as Simon Yam, Andy Lau, and Suet Lam frequently star in To vehicles.

So Happy 59th Birthday wishes to you Johnnie. Looking forward to more great films from you in the future.

Remembering Kaneto Shindo

Japanese writer/director Kaneto Shindo was born on April 22 1912 in Hiroshima prefecture. He died of natural causes on May 29th, 2012, at the age of 100.

Shindo is credited at IMDb with directing 45 titles writing 168. His career began in 1941; his last film, Postcard, which he also directed and wrote the screenplay for, was released in 2010. He won 30 awards and received 15 other nominations.

He is perhaps best known for his screenplays of Hachi-ko (1987) and its American remake Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009) and for writing and directing Onibaba (1964) and Kuroneko (1968), the latter two films both being available in The Criterion Collection. Shindo's last film, Postcard, which he also directed and wrote the screenplay for, was released in 2010.

Monday, April 21, 2014

WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP "Jump Pack" Issue 2 is available now

NARUTO © 1999 by Masashi Kishimoto/SHUEISHA Inc.
BLEACH © 2001 by Tite Kubo/SHUEISHA Inc.
ONE PIECE © 1997 by Eiichiro Oda/SHUEISHA Inc.
ALL YOU NEED IS KILL © 2014 by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, Ryosuke Takeuchi, yoshitoshi ABe, Takeshi Obata/SHUEISHA Inc.

New Print Issue Features 100+ Pages Of Manga Content,
A 3-Month Digital Subscription And An Exclusive
Blue-Eyes White Dragon YU-GI-OH! Collectable Trading Card

VIZ Media’s WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP manga (graphic novel) magazine returns to its roots in print as it gives North American fans a special treat with the release of the WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Jump Pack 2014, Issue 2 available now. The jam-packed print edition contains more than 100 pages of the world’s most popular featured series and is an ideal way to check out what the digital WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP magazine offers.

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