Wednesday, April 6, 2011
April has arrived and the Cannes Film Festival is looming.
Although applications have already closed I have heard
rumours that it is favouring everything except Japanese films.
However, I always try to ignore these rumours otherwise
I end wasting time on a wild-goose chase.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Japanese director Takahisa Zeze’s 278-minute opus on crime and punishment.
from The Hollywood Reporter (c) 2010 Heaven’s Project
At the Berlin International Film Festival in Germany,
which has been ended two weeks now, I think it is a bit late to talk about
but maybe I should. Because….
Director Takahisa Zeze’s film HEAVEN’S STORY won the Best Asian Film
Award and the International Critics Association Award.
The film participated in the Forum section, which is for novel films.
Monday 14, February 2011
I thought it was time to go back to my hotel as I was dozing
at my desk in the booth.
Then a female representative from the
Chinese National TV (CCTV) came up to me and said,
“We have New Year’s Day in China now,
so please say Happy New Year to all the people in China”.
So I said “Happy New Year” into the camera,
whilst holding a stuffed soft rabbit toy.
Tuesday, 2 February, 2011
cont’d from previous blog entry.
I really love this “new tiger”.
I bought T-shirts, bags, etc., etc.,
At the New York Film Festival the year before last,
the festival director Marc Walkow and my assistant donned a sumo loincloth.
My assistant sent this as a picture message to me,
and I could see that they were very happy.
It seems that foreigners like the loincloth look.
I heard that Mr Iguchi also wears a loincloth at stage greetings,
wherever and whenever.
Japanese loincloths have lots of overseas fans.
Maybe women cannot understand it,
but at the Rotterdam International Film Festival it was tolerated by audiences
at the freaky performances. The audiences are mixed age groups,
both young and old, but they have a good laugh at the performance, obviously.
In 2009, Joe Odagiri’s debut film directing project
LOOKING FOR CHERRY BLOSSOMS was invited to the festival.
(c) 2008 STYLEJAM, Inc.
Mr Odagiri, Mr Sabu Kawahara and Mr Hiroshi Yamada,
the three main actors, appeared in the style of “A Clockwork Orange”.
They were all dressed in black and wore bowler hats.
The fans in Rotterdam were very happy to see them.
Although they were all wearing the same style,
Mr Odagiri looked in perfect taste,
but Mr Kawahara and Mr Yamada were a bit…
Joe’s interview in Rotterdam by TWITCH
well anyway, they were the funny trio at the festival.
Ooops, I forgot to tell Mr Junichi Inoue, the scriptwriter,
and main actress Kan Hanae-chan
who were invited to attend with the film PURE ASIA,
about the festival atmosphere.
I am sure that Junichi thinks that he regrets like
“Oh… I wanted to do some sort of performance.”
The Netherlands are the land of liberty.
The lack of common sense is no problem!
I like that!