With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

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

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Beloved classic Japanese youth film LINDA LINDA LINDA coming to Japan Society on September 7th

Japan Society NY

Linda Linda Linda © "LINDA LINDA LINDA" Film Partners
Linda Linda Linda
Directed by Nobuhiro Yamashita
With Doona Bae, Aki Maeda, Yu Kashii, Shiori Sekine
Japan, 2005, 114 minutes
35mm, color
In Japanese with English subtitles

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

When two members of a five-girl band call it quits days before their high school's music showcase, the remaining members scramble to reorganize in time to perform. They find inspiration in the 1987 single "Linda Linda" by Japanese punk band The Blue Hearts and decide to cover it as a new group. For their lead singer, the girls spontaneously enlist Korean exchange student Son (Doona Bae, Cloud Atlas), who speaks just enough Japanese to memorize the lyrics.

One of the most beloved Japanese films of the 21st century, director Nobuhiro Yamashita's low-key teen comedy is a pitch-perfect ode to youth, female friendship and rock music.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

BROTHERS coming to Digital and DVD on September 4th, 2018

Well Go USA
Directed by Kiefer Liu
China, 2016, 94 minutes

Here's what Well Go has to say about this upcoming release:

The close relationship between two brothers is ripped apart during the 1936 Chinese civil war when they end up on opposite sides of the conflict in the action drama Brothers, debuting on digital and DVD September 4 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Directed by Kiefer Liu (Don Quixote), the film fetures a striking visual look with black and white images interspersed with random flashes of color and pared-down CGI backgrounds. Brothers stars Ethan Li (The Blue Cornflower), Peter Ho (The Monkey King) and Xia Zitong (The Monkey King).

Once a poor vagrant, Chen Tiejin has risen through the ranks of the Red Army and is now a brave and experienced company commander. During a dangerous rescue mission, Commander Tiejin and his Red Army troop are locked in heated battle with the Kuomintang soldiers. Raising his weapon to deliver the final blow, he stops dead – the solider is none other than his brother he lost five years before, now working alongside the enemy. In a time of hardship and war, can brotherly love bridge the divide to find peace? 

I've watched my review screener and will be posting my review on, or just before, the September 4th release date.