With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

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

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Kore-eda's MABOROSI screens at Japan Society NY on March 10th

Japan Society NY
presents
Maborosi © 1995 TV Man Union, Inc.
Maborosi / Maboroshi no Hikari
Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda
With Makiko Esumi, Takashi Naito, Tadanobu Asano
Japan, 1995, 110 minutes
35mm, color, in Japanese with English subtitles

When: Friday, March 10th, 7:00 PM
Where: Japan Society NY
333 East 47th Street, NYC

The first narrative feature by Hirokazu Kore-eda is a contemplative and poetic film about loss and the everpresent specter of death. Yumiko and Ikuo lead a happy life together in Osaka that is suddenly disrupted when Ikuo is killed by a train in an apparent suicide. Although she eventually remarries and relocates to a quiet seaside village, Yumiko is continually haunted by the experience, struggling to understand why it happened. Beautifully shot with an emphasis on silhouettes, shadows and natural light, Maborosi remains one of Kore-eda's most visually striking f ilms and an early testament to his exceptional talents.

Tickets: $13/$10 seniors & students/$5 Japan Society members

Part of Monthly Classics
Year-round screenings of beloved classics, hidden gems and recent discoveries of Japanese cinema. Only $5 for Japan society members!

Friday, February 17, 2017

ZATOICHI THE FUGITIVE coming to Japan Society NY on April 7th

Japan Society NY
presents
Zatoichi the Fugitive © 1966 Kadokawa Pictures, Inc.
Zatoichi the Fugitive / Zatoichi Kyojo Tabi
Directed by Tokuzo Tanaka
With Shintaro Katsu, Miwa Takada, and Masayo Banri
Japan, 1963, 86 minutes
35mm, color, in Japanese with English subtitles

When: Friday, April 7th, 7:00 PM
Where: Japan Society NY
333 East 47th Street, NYC

The fourth episode in the immensely popular 25-film action series features iconic blind swordsman Zatoichi (Shintaro Katsu) going up against a legion of local yakuza henchmen who target him after he defeats them in a wrestling tournament and then kills one of their own in self-defense. To complicate things, a former romantic interest reenters Zatoichi's life and a hot-tempered ronin, to whom she is married, seeks to end it for a reward. Composer Akira Ifukube, most famous for his work on the Godzilla film series, provides a characteristically spare and artful score.

Tickets: $13/$10 seniors & students/$5 Japan Society members

Part of Monthly Classics
Year-round screenings of beloved classics, hidden gems and recent discoveries of Japanese cinema. Only $5 for Japan society members!


Thursday, February 16, 2017

Sentai Filmworks licenses TIME JAM: VALERIAN & LAURELINE


Sentai Filmworks has announced its acquisition of the French-Japanese animated series Time Jam: Valerian & Laureline. This 2007 production is based on the 1967 French comic series that is lauded as a cornerstone for the science-fiction genre, influencing intergalactic masterpieces such as Star Wars and The Fifth Element.

In the year 2417, a dashing space cadet named Valerian travels to the year 912 where he breaks the rules and rescues a beautiful, and highly intelligent, peasant girl named Laureline. When his actions make the Earth disappear from the solar system, as the only humans left in the galaxy, Valerian and Laureline begin a new life as adventurers through time and space in hopes of restoring the Earth. Meanwhile, the two must also work together in a galaxy threatened by the sinister Vlagosian armada!

Action, adventure, romantic rivalry, and mystery abound in Time Jam: Valerian & Laureline! The complete 40-episode series will soon be available through select digital outlets with a home video release to follow.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

BEYOND GODZILLA, seven film series + one lecture, coming to Japan Society NY starting March 24th

Japan Society NY
presents
The H-Man © 1959 Sony Pictures; Blue Christmas © 1978 Toho Co. Ltd.; Invisible Man © 1954 Toho Co. Ltd.
Globus Film Series
Beyond Godzilla: Alternative Futures & Fantasies in Japanese Cinema
When: March 24—April 8, 2017
Where: Japan Society NY
333 East 47th Street, NYC

While Godzilla undoubtedly ranks among Japanese cinema's most well-known and beloved exports, the series of films in which he stars is only one of the many remarkable entries within the rich and varied universe of Japanese tokusatsu ("special effects") films. This seven-film series, a modified version of the program organized for the 2016 Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy by film critic and writer Mark Schilling, goes beyond Toho's superstar monster to introduce a selection of titles that display the wide-ranging imagination of the Japanese sci-fi/fantasy genre, including innovative B-movies, kaiju eiga ("monster movies") and non-Godzilla classics involving director Ishiro Honda and effects maestro Eiji Tsuburaya.

The films to be shown are: The H-Man, Latitude Zero, School in the Cross Hairs, Invisible Man, The Secret of the Telegian, Blue Christmas, and Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris. Beyond Godzilla, a lecture by series curator Mark Schilling, will take place on Saturday, March 25th at 5:00 PM.

Further information, including the full schedule, is available here.

Tickets:
$13/$10 seniors & students/$9 Japan Society members

EXCEPT screening of The H-Man + Opening Night Party: $16/$13 seniors & students/$12 Japan Society members

Special Offer: Buy tickets to at least 3 different films in the same transaction and receive $2 off each ticket.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

SWORD MASTER coming to Digital on March 7th; Blu-ray & DVD debut on April 11th from Well Go USA

Well Go USA
Entertainment
presents
Sword Master / San shao ye de jian
Directed by Derek Yee
Hong Kong/China. 2016, 105 minutes

Hong Kong cinema giants Derek Yee (Triple Tap) and Tsui Hark (Flying Swords of Dragon Gate) join forces for an epic remake of 1977’s Death Duel, when the wuxia martial arts extravaganza Sword Master debuts on digital March 7th and on Blu-ray™ and DVD April 11th from Well Go USA Entertainment.

Visually opulent, the film follows a master swordsman who must once again wield his weapon against those who threaten his desire to live in peace. Sword Master stars Kenny Lin (The Taking of Tiger Mountain), Peter Ho (The Monkey King), Yiyan Jiang (Reign of Assassins) and Mengjie Jiangin (Kung Fu Hero). Bonus materials include the featurette “Mastering the Sword.”

Synopsis:
A powerful swordsman is haunted by the destructive impact his deadly talents have on others. Weary of the bloodshed and violence from the martial arts world, he banishes himself to the humble life of a vagrant, wandering the fringes of society. But his violent past refuses to let him go quietly. The master swordsman must regain the ability to wield his sword and fight those disrupting the peace he so desperately craves.

Bonus Materials Include:
-- “Mastering the Sword” featurette