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Maeda Atsuko goes Big Screen

Maeda Atsuko’s had miscellaneous roles in several movies and was the protagonist of two dramas, but this ups the ante—she won a lead role for a feature film. The film is called “Moshidora”, short for an extremely long title meaning “If the girl manager of the highschool baseball club would …

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Parade: Review

It’s becoming extremely popular these days in packed, urban communities to have a group of students and young professionals share small apartments to save money, often times illegally.  Such is the situation in ‘Parade’, a film by Isao Yukisada, based on a novel by Shuichi Yoshida. A cramped, two-bedroom apartment …

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AKB48 Documentary Film: Refreshing or Bland?

This film completely slipped my mind, but it’s back on my radar. I’m an absolute sucker for things like ‘Making-Of’s and anything that goes on behind the curtain that the general public doesn’t see. I purchase DVDs almost solely for the special features; if it doesn’t have enough content, I …

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Shinoda Mariko Snags Acting Gig

Tokyo Hive reports that Shinoda Mariko will be in the upcoming film ‘Inu to Anata no Monogatari – Inu no Eiga’, a collection of funny/dramatic short stories involving dogs and their owners.  It’s not confirmed if her role is a large one, but it’s something I’ll keep on my radar …

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Horror Movie, Schmorror Movie.

every idol and their grandma are getting roles in horror movies, but this one, ‘X games’ or ‘batsu games’, actually looks somewhat disturbing.  it looks like it could be campy, cheap fun, but the crazy part is that nakagawa haruka is in this film; one of the most energetic and …

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Gantz: in real life!

those of you who heard the news about the two-parter live action film based on the popular manga and anime series ‘Gantz’, you’ll be glad to hear the first film is on it’s way to release on january, 2011. live action adaptations of anime in japan always tend to be …

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Tokyo Sonata: review

many once-strong economies around the world are trying to recover from recession.   no one is safe from massive layoffs, leaving many to scavenge for lower jobs or become homeless.  ‘tokyo sonata’ shows us a family that is seemingly normal; but under the quiet facade of peace lies a torrent of …

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why world, why

on december 12th, the tenth film from the ‘one piece’ franchise was released in japanese theaters: ‘one piece: strong world’.  it had tons of promotions and hype, as it was the first one piece film to be written and directed by the creator himself: oda eichiro. i eagerly awaited its …

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Summer Wars: review

For the past decade, Hosoda Mamosu has proved himself to be a very capable director.  He debuted with a Digimon short film, ‘Digimon Adventure’, followed by a longer Digimon feature ‘Our War Game’.  I remember seeing both films in grade school and being captivated by their unique visual style.  I’ve …

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Evangelion 2.22: Review

The year of 2007 fulfilled every fan-boy’s dreams with an announcement that a remake would be made of the epic saga known as Neon Genesis Evangelion.  Things could not have sounded better: the creator of the series, Hideaki Anno, would reprise his role after more than a decade to direct …

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