With MOON So-ri at Asia Society NY

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

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Flora Lau’s BENDS to kick-off MoMA's 7th ContemporAsian film series

MoMA Presents
Written and directed by Flora Lau
With Carina Lau, Chen Kun, Tian Yuan. 
Hong Kong, 2013, 97 minutes
In Cantonese, Mandarin; English subtitles
When: April 21–27, 2014
Where: Museum of Modern Art 
11 West 53 Street, New York
The Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters
Buy tickets here
The seventh season of the Museum of Modern Art's ContemporAsian film series will begin next Monday with a one week run of Flora Lau’s classical drama, which debuted in the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section. The film is a two-character piece in which each personifies the differences between Hong Kong and mainland China, and their somewhat uneasy coexistence.

A wealthy Hong Kong housewife, Anna, lives a spoiled, bored life. When her husband suddenly leaves, taking the money and prestige with him, she refuses to accept her changed circumstances. Her chauffeur, Fai, who lives in an ugly barrack across the border in Shenzhen, is trying to get his wife—whose second pregnancy is a violation of the Chinese one- child policy—over the border so she can give birth in Hong Kong. With beautiful camera work by the incomparable Christopher Doyle, the film’s elegant look and languorous rhythms create an affecting reflection of the characters’ emotional isolation. As they become increasingly desperate, the sharp distinctions between their two worlds become ever clearer. In Cantonese, Mandarin; English subtitles

Monday, April 21 at 7:00 - at this screening the film will be introduced by director Lau, who will also participate in a post-screening discussion
Tuesday, April 22 at 7:00
Wednesday, April 23 at 4:00
Thursday, April 24 at 4:00
Friday, April 25 at 7:00
Saturday, April 26 at 4:00 
Sunday, April 27 at 5:00

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUROUS PLANET now streaming for free on VIZ's Neon Alley


Catch The Entire Subtitled 13-Episode Series FOR FREE
On Neon Alley Online Anime Streaming Platform!

VIZ Media brings the intergalactic action drama – GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUROUS PLANET – to its new Neon Alley FREE online streaming anime platform. The lushly animated 13-episode adventure was created by the famed animation studio Production I.G. and is available today in its entirety at NeonAlley.com. For $7.99 a month, U.S. fans can also access GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUROUS PLANET on mobile and digital devices through the subscription-based Hulu Plus Video-On-Demand service. The premiere of a dubbed version will follow later in the year.

In the distant future, Ledo, a young soldier from space wakes up and finds himself marooned on an ocean planet. Growing up in space, and knowing nothing but battle, he is a stranger in a strange land, full of odd customs and a foreign language, but he’s not alone. Starting a new journey on this verdurous planet, Ledo must find a way to survive and reconcile the fact that he may never be able to return home!

“GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUROUS PLANET is a gorgeous story charting young pilot Ledo’s journey of self discovery as he visits a strange and nature-filled planet ‘Earth’ for the very first time,” says Charlene Ingram, Senior Manager, Animation Marketing. “The evocative adventure delivers a substantial plot, intriguing characters and beautifully rendered animation created by Japan’s most famous anime studios. With the flexibility of the free Neon Alley streaming platform, fans can dive in and marathon the entire series at their leisure!”

Neon Alley delivers the hottest in subbed and dubbed digital anime series, simulcast world premieres, exclusive on-demand access, and a massive legacy catalog of new as well as classic favorites (in HD when available). NeonAlley.com is a premier on-demand, online destination for streaming anime content in the U.S. The service is available for FREE online and also anytime, anywhere across a wide array of different devices, including PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Roku, Chromecast, and a variety of other mobile devices through the subscription-based Hulu Plus Video-On-Demand service. Additional details on Hulu Plus-enabled devices can be found at http://www.hulu.com/plus/devices.

Additional information on Neon Alley is available at www.NeonAlley.com.

For more information on anime titles from VIZ Media, visit www.VIZ.com.

EDGE OF TOMORROW movie tie-in novel and ALL YOU NEED IS KILL graphic novel coming soon

EDGE OF TOMORROW - Movie Tie-In Edition:
©2014 Warner Bros. Ent. All Rights Reserved.

Two New Science Fiction Action Titles Timed
To Release With The Summer Blockbuster Movie 
Starring Tom Cruise And Emily Blunt

VIZ Media’s Haikasoru literary imprint supports the upcoming release of the gripping sci-fi action film, Edge of Tomorrow with the release of an official movie tie-in novel on April 29th. The new EDGE OF TOMORROW paperback release will carry an MSRP of $7.99 U.S. / $9.99 CAN. The book features a cover with the official movie poster featuring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt in their title roles from the film. The EDGE OF TOMORROW novel was written by Japanese author Hiroshi Sakurazaka, and was previously published as ALL YOU NEED IS KILL.

The Haikasoru imprint has also announced the May 6th release of the ALL YOU NEED IS KILL official graphic novel adaptation. Written by Haikasoru editor and noted sci-fi author, Nick Mamatas, and featuring full-color artwork by popular comic book artist Lee Ferguson (Green Arrow, Miranda Mercury), the new graphic novel offers a single-volume retelling of the original ALL YOU NEED IS KILL novel that inspired the EDGE OF TOMORROW movie. The graphic novel carries an MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN, and features an oversized North American graphic novel trim size of 6 5/8" x 10 ¼”. An eBook edition will also be available worldwide for $8.99 (U.S. / CAN) for the Amazon Kindle, Apple’s iBooks Store, Barnes & Noble’s Nook Book Store, and the Kobo eBooks Store. North American fans can also access the graphic novel digitally on the VIZ Manga App as well as through VIZManga.com.

The Edge of Tomorrow feature film is slated for U.S. release from Warner Bros. Pictures on June 6th, and will be presented in 3D and 2D in select theaters, and 3D IMAX. The movie is directed by Doug Liman and stars Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt and Bill Paxton.

The story is set in the future when aliens called Mimics invade. Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. But he dies on the battlefield after only a few minutes, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his 158th iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally – the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji's escape or his final death?

All You Need Is Kill © 2004 by Hiroshi Sakurazaka

In 2009, ALL YOU NEED IS KILL served as the launch title for Haikasoru, a unique imprint developed by VIZ Media dedicated to publishing the most compelling contemporary Japanese science fiction and fantasy for English-speaking audiences. New York Times best-selling author John Scalzi declared ALL YOU NEED IS KILL to be a novel that, "reads fast, kicks ass, and keeps on coming," and it has proven to be one of Haikasoru's most popular titles. Sakurazaka's other novels include Characters (co-written with Hiroki Azuma) and SLUM ONLINE, which was published in English by Haikasoru in 2010.

“Live…die…repeat. ALL YOU NEED IS KILL / EDGE OF TOMORROW delivers a nightmarish, action-packed spin on reliving one’s own triumphs, and failures,” says Nick Mamatas, Editor, Haikasoru. “Catch the original story that inspired the gripping movie with the official movie tie-in edition, and in the Western comic book mode with the ALL YOU NEED IS KILL official graphic novel. Both of these debuts are perfect reads leading up to the highly anticipated theatrical debut of Edge of Tomorrow this summer!”

"The ALL YOU NEED TO KILL graphic novel stays very true to the original source novel," says Joel Enos, editor for the new comic. "We made a conscious effort to create something unique that could stand on it's own away from both the original novel, the film and the upcoming manga, but would nicely complement and pay respects to all three! Lee's retro-futuristic art style especially puts ALL YOU NEED TO KILL as a comic into it's own orbit!"

Author Hiroshi Sakurazaka was born in Tokyo in 1970 and published his first novel, Modern Magic Made Simple, in 2003 with Super Dash Bunko, a popular young adult light novel imprint. There are now seven volumes in the series, and it was adapted as a manga in 2008 and became a television anime series in 2009. His 2004 short story, "Saitama Chainsaw Massacre," also won the 16th SF Magazine Reader's Award. Sakurazaka published All You Need Is Kill with Super Dash Bunko in 2004 and earned his first Seiun Award nomination for best of the year honors in Japanese science fiction. In 2010, Sakurazaka started an experimental digital magazine AiR with fellow author Junji Hotta. He remains one of Japan's most energetic writers of both light novels and adult science fiction.

Haikasoru’s Nick Mamatas is the author of several novels, including The Damned Highway (with Brian Keene) and Love is the Law. His short fiction has appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, Tor.com, Weird Tales, and numerous other venues. He's also written comics for Media Blasters and the Squid Works! Collective and has been nominated for the Hugo, World Fantasy, Bram Stoker, and Shirley Jackson awards.

Artist Lee Ferguson has worked in comics since 2001, when he broke in at Marvel on the 9/11 Heroes tribute book, followed by work on the company's X-Men titles. Since then, he's worked at DC, IDW, and Dynamite, while also putting out Freak, his creator-owned project from Image Comics. His newest book is The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury, co-created with Brandon Thomas and published through Archaia Comics. In 2012, Miranda Mercury was on YALSA’s Best Graphic Novels for Teens list and was also nominated for four Glyph Awards, including Best Artist.

For more information on EDGE OF TOMORROW / ALL YOU NEED IS KILL and the Haikasoru imprint, visit www.haikasoru.com.

For more information on other titles available from VIZ Media, visit www.VIZ.com.

CONFESSION OF MURDER available today on Blu-ray and DVD

Well Go USA
 Confession of Murder / Nae-ga sal-in-beom-i-da
Written and Directed by JUNG Byung-gi
South Korea, 2012, 120 minutes

Confession of Murder is an outstanding action packed mystery thriller. It debuts on Blu-ray™ and DVD today, Tuesday, April 15th from Well Go USA Entertainment.

Between 1986 and 1990, a serial killer committed ten murders. All of his victims were females. There was another woman who disappeared but whose remains were never found; she is believed to probably have been his eleventh victim. The killer was almost captured by Lt. CHOI Hyung-gu (JEONG Jae-yeong, Moss, Our Sunhi), the lead detective on the case, but he got away, leaving CHOI with a physical reminder of their encounter.

Police Lt. CHOI (JEONG Jae-yeong) is hounded by the media

Fifteen years later, after the statute of limitations has run out on the last murder, a book comes out in which the author, a handsome young man named LEE Do-hyuk (PARK Si-Hoo), claims himself to be the killer. His book contains details that seemingly could only have been known by the murderer. He claims that he wrote the book to repent of his crimes. Over three million copies are sold within a month, and a media frenzy ensues. For some in the public, especially younger women, LEE becomes a hero of sorts, an idol.

But for some of the relatives of his victims, LEE must be punished for what he did, statute of limitations be damned. A group of five band together to met out their own form of justice.

LEE Do-hyuk (PARK Si-Hoo) publicizes his book

The situation becomes complicated and rather cloudy when another man who calls himself "J" announces that LEE is a phony and that he, "J," is the real killer. Detective CHOI finds himself caught in the middle of this circus.

Confession of Murder is one of the best thrillers I've seen in a long time. I'm reluctant to write much more about it because I don't want to give anything away, unintentionally or otherwise. It seems obvious that either LEE or "J" is the murderer, but how things play out involves one of the best plot twists I've ever come across. Truly imaginative, yet both intelligent and believable.

And there are some terrific extended action scenes. Early on, in a flashback, CHOI pursues the suspect down streets, through alleyways and across rooftops. Later in the film there's an adrenaline pumping fight between two characters on car moving at high speed. That's right, outside, on the car, not in it!

CHOI (left) confronts LEE

According to IMDb, Confession of Murder is JUNG Byung-gi's feature film debut as both a writer and director. His only previous credit is as director of the documentary Action Boys (2008), which is about some young men trying to become stuntmen in the South Korean film industry. JUNG has demonstrated remarkable talent in Confession and looks to be a bright light who hopefully will shine for many years to come.

Bonus Materials Include:
- a Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
- Interviews with the Cast and Crew
- Trailer

ACF Rating: 4 out of 4 stars; highest recommendation for this really great thriller.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Dante Lam’s action thriller THAT DEMON WITHIN opens this Friday

China Lion
That Demon Within / Mo jing
Directed by Dante Lam
Hong Kong/China, 2014, 112 minutes

That Demon Within a psychological action thriller directed by Dante Lam (Unbeatable, The Viral Factor), will open in North America this coming Friday, April 18th, day-and-date with its Hong Kong release. The movie will screen in major metro areas throughout the U.S. and Canada, including Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Boston, Washington, D.C., Toronto and Vancouver.

That Demon Within stars Golden Horse Award-winner Daniel Wu (Overheard, Hot Summer Days, Control) as Dave Wong, a dutiful police officer who doubts himself after saving the life of a notorious and ruthless killer played by Nick Chueng (On the Edge, The White Storm). Unsure if he did the right thing by protecting a cold-blooded murderer, Wong's actions come back to haunt him when the killer and his gang become the leading suspects in a bloody armed robbery.

Info and video clips at That Demon Within's official website.