Shinsedai Festival: Tentsuki

Title: Tentsuki (aka Tenshi Tsukinuke 6-Chome) Director: Masafumi Yamada Starring: Taku Manabe, Natsumi Seto, Ryuzaburo Hattori, Akira Emoto, Akaji Maro MPAA Rating: NR Running time: 96 min. After escaping from some yakuza guys who want to collect from his now-bankrupt employer, Igarashi manages to make it to an apartment complex managed by a friend, somewhere...

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Shinsedai Cinema Festival: Battle Girls & Bondage: A Pink Film Double Bill

Filling the late night Saturday slot at the Shinsedai Cinema Festival is a double bill of ‘pink’ films. For those of you unaware of the sub-genre, pink films are short Japanese erotic productions. These were long ignored in the West, with most dismissing them as nothing but pornography, but have fairly recently been seen in a different light through...

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Shinsedai Festival: End of the Night

The epigraph of Daisuke Miyazaki’s post-noir End of the Night is a quote from Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, a story of obsession and madness: “It was written I should be loyal to the nightmare of my choice.” And indeed, perhaps it is appropriate to see End of the Night as a dream, the story of a young hitman that slowly but...

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Shinsedai Festival: Hiroshima Nagasaki Download

Title: Hiroshima Nagasaki Download Director: Shinpei Takeda MPAA Rating: NR Running time: 72 min. Everyone knows about the tragedy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but not too many people can really understand it; feel it. Director Shinpei Takeda strives to give us just that: a more sympathetic view to the historic event(s) that killed hundreds of thousands of people...

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Shinsedai Cinema Festival: Ringing In Their Ears

Title: Ringing In Their Ears Director: Yu Irie Starring: Fumi Nikaido, Kurumi Morishita, Uji Kiyotaka, Yui Miura, Tatsuya Sakamoto, Mikihito Tsurugi, Toru Nomaguchi, Keisuke Horibe Running time: 89 min.   There are countless clich├ęs and adages that revolve around music – ‘the power of rock ‘n’ roll,’ ‘music saves...

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Win passes to Shinsedai’s opening night

Opening night. Press in attendance. Director in attendance. Anticipation for the festival. And a great film being screened. It’s yours for the taking! The fine folks at the upcoming Shinsedai Cinema Festival are offering three double passes to RowThree readers to attend the opening night screening of Ringing in Their Ears. Director Yu Irie will also be in...

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Shinsedai Cinema Festival 2012 – Preview

I‘m very biased towards the Shinsedai Cinema Festival. Our good friend Chris MaGee is one of the founders of the fest (along with Jasper Sharp of Midnight Eye) and we’ve seen them work their butts off to make the festival not just successful, but relevant. As it prepares for its 4th year (the festival starts in 1 month and tickets go on sale on June...

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Trailer: 2012 Shinsedai Cinema Festival

Absolutely stellar work on the trailer for this year’s Shinsedai Cinema Festival:     Yeah, I want to see each one of those right now too…The full lineup has now been announced and tickets go on sale June 21st, so go browse the titles and see if you can match up trailer clips to their movies. A preview post of the festival should be...

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