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Rendezvous

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on May 2010 If you ever wanted to see the cinematic equivalent of a J-pop song, here’s your chance. Rendezvous floats along with a heavy dose of cloying cuteness, clever but predictable hooks, and a faint…

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May 20, 2010

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on May 2010 The Oscar-nominated documentary Burma VJ (2008; pictured) is now screening at Shibuya’s Image Forum (2-10-2 Shibuya; www.imageforum.co.jp). Directed by Anders Østergaard, the film documents the 2007 demonstrations against military rule in Myanmar, during…

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The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on May 2010 Egomaniacal goombah filmmaker Troy Duffy is back ten years later with what amounts to a remake of his only film, a colossally juvenile flop that inexplicably became a cult fave once it got…

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Legion

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on May 2010 You may have seen the trailers with frightening images of a befanged old lady climbing the walls and a freaky stretch-jawed man, and you are presumably supposed to think there’s more such cool…

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Green Zone

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on May 2010 Paul Greengrass imbues this fictional story about the chaotic days after the fall of Baghdad with some strong nonfictional elements, putting forward one of the more credible conspiracy theories. It focuses on the…

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Enter the Void

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on May 2010 A gaijin drug dealer is killed in Tokyo, but comes back to fulfill a childhood vow to watch over his slutty sister (Paz de la Huerta). Apparently, after death people have a lot…

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May 13, 2010

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on May 2010 Asagaya theater Laputa (2-12-21 Asagaya-kita, Suginami-ku; www.laputa-jp.com) is hosting the Laputa Animation Festival 2010 through June 5. The program includes lesser-known animated features and shorts from Europe, all shown with Japanese subtitles. Entries…

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Kawa no Soko Kara Konnichiwa

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on May 2010 The PIA Film Festival has a wonderful tradition of supporting young Japanese filmmakers, and this flick is the 19th in a long line of fine movies made with PFF scholarship money. Sawako (Hikaru…

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From Paris With Love

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on May 2010 Producer Luc Besson checks in with his latest Euro-trash retread involving much shooting of people, chasing of cars and blowing up of things, and apparently can’t decide whether it’s a mindless action comedy…

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Vengeance

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on May 2010 In this “atmospheric” (read: “dreary”) genre piece by Hong Kong action auteur Johnny To, a vaguely menacing French chef travels to Macao and Hong Kong to avenge the murders of his daughter and…

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Sex and the City

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on May 2010 The actresses who play the four lead roles in the popular American TV drama Sex and the City will visit Japan on May 30 to promote the release of the second film version…

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