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INTERVIEW: Director Yuki Tanada and The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky

Yuki Tanada at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival (L), The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky theatrical poster (R) by…

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Festival Report: Nippon Connection 2012

by Marc Saint-Cyr Those initially scanning the program for the 12th Nippon Connection film festival , hosted in Frankfurt, Germany from...

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NIPPON CONNECTION ’12 REVIEW: Come as You Are

ソーローなんてくだらない (Sôrô nante kudaranai) Released: 2011 Director: Kôta Yoshida Starring:  Tateto Serizawa…

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NIPPON CONNECTION ’12 REVIEW: The Sound of Light

ひかりのおと (Hikari no oto) Released: 2011 Director: Juichiro Yamasaki Starring:  Yoshitomo Fujihisa …

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NIPPON CONNECTION ’12 REVIEW: Die! Directors, Die!

死ね ! 死ね ! シネマ (Shine! Shine! Shinema) Released: 2011 Director: Makoto Shinozaki Starring:  Kyoko Mori …

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NIPPON CONNECTION ’12 REVIEW: The Woodsman and the Rain

キツツキと雨 (Kitsutsuki to ame) Released: 2011 Director: Shûichi Okita Starring:  Kôji Yakusho …

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NIPPON CONNECTION ’12 REVIEW: About the Pink Sky

ももいろそらを (Momoiro sora o) Released: 2011 Director: Keiichi Kobayashi Starring:  Ai Ikeda Ena…

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Nippon Connection Coverage Ahead on the Pow-Wow - Stay Tuned!

by Marc Saint-Cyr It is that time of year again: Pow-Wow editor-in-chief Chris MaGee and I will once more be shortly heading over to Fra...

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New Films from Kôji Wakamatsu and Takashi Miike Included in Cannes 2012 Lineup

by Marc Saint-Cyr This past Thursday, April 19th, the main section lineups for the 65th Cannes Film Festival were finally revealed, sati...

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Check Out the 2nd Block of Films Planned for the 2012 Shinsedai Cinema Festival!

by Marc Saint-Cyr Recently, the Pow-Wow's editor-in-chief Chris MaGee has been hard at work preparing this year's Shinsedai Cinema Festi...

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Cast of Takeshi Kitano's "Outrage Beyond" Announced

by Marc Saint-Cyr PLEASE NOTE - the following story contains spoilers for Takeshi Kitano's "Outrage." It appears that Takeshi Kitano i...

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North American Release Date and Trailer for Hirokazu Kore-eda's "I Wish" Unveiled

by Marc Saint-Cyr Here is some news that is surely getting a lot of Japanese film fans very excited: Apple's trailer website recently post...

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New Trailer for Naoko Ogigami's Latest Film "Rent-a-Cat"

by Marc Saint-Cyr One of the more accomplished filmmakers in the independent Japanese film scene today is Naoko Ogigami. With such films a...

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UK Theatrical Release for "Mitsuko Delivers" set for May 11th

by Marc Saint-Cyr Third Window Films has repeatedly proven to be an absolute gift for eager fans of independent Japanese cinema with its c...

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Katsuhiro Otomo returns to manga... but this time looks to the past instead of the future

by Chris MaGee Katsuhiro Otomo -- the name is synonymous with modern Japanese pop culture. His epic sci-fi manga-turned-anime film "Akira"...

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REVIEW: Post Card

一枚のハガキ (Ichimai no hagaki) Released: 2010 Director: Kaneto Shindo Starring: Shinobu Otake Etsushi Toyokawa Ren Osugi Running time: 11...

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Animator Koji Yamamura teams up with Takeshi Kitano for opening of new TV show

by Chris MaGee Comedian/ actor/ director Takeshi Kitano and animator Koji Yamamura -- these are two men that have a lot of fans around the...

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Weekly Trailers

Ai to Makoto - Takashi Miike (2012) Fans of "The Happiness of the Katakuris" rejoice! Takashi Miike has returned to the most unlikely gen...

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Overseas filming trend continues with Eriko Kitagawa's "Atarashii Kutsu wo Kawanakucha”

by Chris MaGee We've discussed the trend of Japanese films shooting overseas before here on the J-Film Pow-Wow. It seems that recent films...

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An amazing look at Japan's past -- Kendo combat circa 1897 captured on film

by Chris MaGee Japan's cinematic history goes as far back as the genesis of motion picture technology. The first Lumiere Cinematograph (ab...

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Japanese Weekend Box Office, March 31st to April 1st

1. Doraemon The Movie: Nobita And The Last Haven -Animal Adventure* (Toho) 2. We Were There, First Love* (Toho/ Asmik Ace) 3. Sherlock Holm...

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REVIEW: The Naoyuki Tsuji Animation Collection

The Naoyuki Tsuji Animation Collection Released: 1992-2005 Director: Naoyuki Tsuji Running time: 60 min. Reviewed by Marc…

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Teaser Trailer for Abbas Kiarostami's Japanese Film "Like Someone in Love" Emerges

by Marc Saint-Cyr Previously on the site , we've reported the progress in Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami's most recent feature film fo...

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Hirokazu Kore-eda's Latest Film Gets Underway with Masaharu Fukuyama in Lead Role

by Marc Saint-Cyr Great news for fans of contemporary auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda (like myself) recently surfaced at Tokyograph : the directo...

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Online Tributes to Akira Kurosawa for the 102nd Anniversary of his Birth

by Marc Saint-Cyr March 23rd is a particularly noteworthy date for admirers of Japanese cinema, as it marks the birth of one of its most b...

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