With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

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

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

ACF 031: Japan Cuts

[Desu noto: The last name]
2006, directed by Shusuke Kaneko

This is the follow-up to the same director's Death Note [Desu noto], also 2006. Both films are about a people's hero named Kira who kills off criminals and corrupt politicians, only in the sequel a Kira II appears, doubling the mayhem and the difficulties for detective L, who seeks to discover the hero-murderer's identity.

[Ichijiku no kao]
2006, directed by Kaori Momoi

This film marks the directorial and writing debut of actress Kaori Momoi (she had a small role as Chiyo's mother in Memoirs of a Geisha). She also stars as the frantic mother and devoted wife of the Kadowaki family, whose garden contains the titular tree that watches over the events that befall the family members.

This year's Asian film festival frenzy is fast approaching. As I've already noted in ACF 028 (May 20, 2007) , The New York Asian Film Festival 2007 starts on June 22nd and runs through July 8th at the IFC Center. The last films of that festival will be doing "double-duty," since they will be screened at Japan Society as the start of its Japan Cuts film series beginning July 5th.

Japan Cuts will mark the Society's first large-scale festival of new Japanese film and will run through July 15th. The "Long Cuts" portion will feature over 15 U.S. or New York premieres of feature length films. The "Short Cuts" section will be presented free to the public and will showcase dozens of short films from Japan's foremost independent filmmakers and video artists. And there's more, including a family-friendly free outdoor screening. Over 80 films all told!

If you're in New York, you must make it to some of these fantastic screenings. If you're not here, use the links below to at least learn about some of the great films that have recently come out of Asia.

Links:
Japan Cuts
New York Asian Film Festival 2007 - showtimes recently posted!!!!! Also, when you go to the info page for each movie, there is a link to the film's trailer on YouTube, if one is available.
NYAFF 2007 Official Festival Trailer - don't miss this!!!!!

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