Japan Academy Prize (film award)
The Japan Academy Prize called the Japan Academy Awards or the Japanese Academy Awards, is a series of awards given annually since 1978 by the Nippon Academy-shō Association for excellence in Japanese film. Award categories are similar to the Academy Awards. Since 1998 the venue is the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa of Prince Hotels in Takanawa, Minato-ku, Tokyo. Admission tickets for this award ceremony are sold to regular customers; as of 2015, there is a charge of 40,000 yen which includes a French cuisine course dinner named after the award ceremony. Spectators are expected to attend in semi-formal attire. Elementary school students and younger are not permitted; the award statue. Official website Awards of the Japanese Academy - Overview on IMDb
Tomie (film series)
Tomie is a Japanese horror film series based on Junji Ito's manga of the same name. The series consists of nine installments to date; the series focuses on the titular Tomie Kawakami, a beautiful young girl identified by a mole under her left eye, who drives her stricken admirers to madness resulting in her own death. However, due to her ability of regeneration, she comes back to life to terrorize her killers; each cell of her body has the ability to generate into a full grown independent body, causing several copies of her to be created after each of her deaths. It is unknown how many copies of Tomie exist in the films' universe although in the most recent movie, Tomie Unlimited, Tomie is shown walking through the streets of Japan, with most of the women she passes by being Tomie; the films share no direct storyline connections, all focusing on different Tomies and their stories, except for the first installment and 2005's Tomie: Beginning. Junji Ito has expressed his support for the films attending premieres and personally picking out the actress Miho Kanno for the role of Tomie in the first film and coaching her for the audition.
The film opens with the police investigating the murder of high school girl Tomie Kawakami. They learn that in the months following the crime, nine students and one teacher have either committed suicide or gone insane; the detective assigned to the case learns that three years prior another Tomie Kawakami was murdered in rural Gifu prefecture. Other slain Tomie Kawakamis are discovered stretching all the way back to the 1860s, right when Japan began to modernize; the detective tracks down one of Tomie's classmates called Tsukiko Izumisawa, an art student, being treated for amnesia. She has no memory of the three-month period around Tomie's death. Meanwhile, Tsukiko's neighbor is rearing a peculiar baby-like creature. Over the span of a couple weeks, it grows into a beautiful teenaged girl with orange eyes responding to the name of Tomie Kawakami. Soon afterwards Tomie begins seducing Tsukiko's boyfriend Yuichi. Meanwhile, Tsukiko enters her new neighbor's apartment to investigate. Upon discovering her friend's dead body, she is attacked by her landlord and passes out due to asphyxiation.
She encounters Tomie. Tomie starts abusing Tsukiko and tries feeding her live cockroaches, she begins taking group selfies with her. Soon thereafter, Tsukiko's boyfriend murders Tomie; as they go bury Tomie's headless body in the woods, she comes back to life and Tsukiko runs off further into the woods and finds herself on a boat dock. Tomie appears once again, now regenerated, kisses Tsukiko on the lips, they sets Tomie on fire. Tsukiko is now shown still taking photographs and being interested in art. One day as she goes to develop a picture she took of herself, she notices a mole under her left eye she didn't have before. Tsukiko looks at herself in the mirror in shock as Tomie appears, smiling. An anthology TV series consisting of three episodes was released in 1999; the series was re-edited and released as a feature film. In the first segment, Tomie is introduced as a high school student whose body has just been found on the street with several piles of garbage, she comes back to reunite with her former boyfriend, whose ex-girlfriend is considering starting over with as he had left her for Tomie.
Meanwhile, a man wearing a trench coat and an eye patch is photographing her. The ex-girlfriend exposes Tomie's true nature on the school's rooftop to the boyfriend and in the end, Tomie is thrown from the roof; the two go to bury her in the woods in a deep grave and begin making plans to conceal their work, but as they walk to school in the morning Tomie is miraculously there to confront them. The second episode focuses on a photographer who has lost his passion for photography but regains it when he finds Tomie, this time a model/dancer of a sort at a bar, she resembles the girl from his past who gave him that passion, proceeds to take several photos of her with her permission. The man with the eye patch is still following Tomie during the photoshoots. While Tomie is sleeping in the photographer's bed, he develops the photographs only to find that each one has two faces: Tomie's face and a ghoul's face nearby. Convinced it is not his lens, he tells Tomie this and she tells him to kill her to prove she is not a ghost.
If she was a ghost, she could not die. She does die, but when the photographer is transporting her body in his car she comes back to life and scares him out of the car, his running takes him to the place where he saw the girl from his past, he discovers that both are Tomie when the dead Tomie appears behind him. He falls to his death from the cliff and the dead Tomie stands at his body and making a V sign while the Tomie from his past takes their picture; the final episode has Tomie as a young woman in her early to mid-20s, about to be proposed to by her boyfriend. She is nearly attacked by the man with the eye patch and sends her boyfriend to kill this man in order to prove his love for her. During his showdown with the man, the boyfriend is tasered into submission and we find out the trench coat wearing man, named Oota, is a former coroner for the police department, Tomie was one of the bodies he had to perform an autopsy on, she crawled away. Oota shows the boyfriend several other crime scene photographs.
For losing Tomie's body he was fired, his wife left him
2015 Cannes Film Festival
The 68th Cannes Film Festival was held from 13 to 24 May 2015. Joel and Ethan Coen were the Presidents of the Jury for the main competition, it was the first time. Since the Coen brothers each received a separate vote, they were joined by seven other jurors to form the customary nine-juror panel. French actor Lambert Wilson was the host for the closing ceremonies; the Palme d'Or was awarded to the French film Dheepan directed by Jacques Audiard. On winning the award Audiard said "To receive a prize from the Coen brothers is something pretty exceptional. I'm touched"; the festival poster featured Hollywood star and Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman, photographed by David Seymour. The poster was chosen to pay tribute to Bergman for her contributions to films and who served as the Jury President at 1973 Cannes Film Festival; as part of the tribute to Bergman, the Swedish documentary Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words was screened in the Cannes Classics section. Standing Tall, directed by Emmanuelle Bercot, was the festival's opening film.
This was the second opening film in the festival's history to have been directed by a woman, after A Man in Love by Diane Kurys which opened the 1987 Cannes Film Festival. Ice and the Sky, directed by Luc Jacquet, was the festival's closing film. Both the opening and closing films were selected for the strength and importance of their messages—Standing Tall for the way its themes respond to the Charlie Hebdo shootings and Ice and the Sky for its concern for the future of the planet. French film director Agnès Varda was presented with the honorary Palme d'Or at the festival's closing ceremony, she is the first female filmmaker to receive the award. The Official Selection of films for the 2015 festival, including the line-up for the Main Competition, was announced on 16 April 2015. At the festival, director Thierry Fremaux asked celebrities to abstain from taking selfies on the red carpet. While he did not have the powers to ban the pictures from the red carpet altogether, Thierry Fremaux urged celebrities to resist the temptation.
The full jury for the Main Competition was announced on 21 April 2015: Joel and Ethan Coen, American film directors, Jury Presidents Rossy de Palma, Spanish actress Sophie Marceau, French actress and film director Sienna Miller, English actress Rokia Traoré, Malian singer-songwriter and composer Guillermo del Toro, Mexican film director Xavier Dolan, Canadian film director and actor Jake Gyllenhaal, American actor Isabella Rossellini, Italian-American actress, President Haifaa al-Mansour, Saudi Arabian film director Nadine Labaki, Lebanese film director and actress Panos H. Koutras, Greek film director Tahar Rahim, French actor Sabine Azéma, French actress, President Delphine Gleize, French film director Melvil Poupaud, French actor Claude Garnier, French cinematographer Didier Huck, French Technicolor executive Yann Gonzalez, French film director Bernard Payen, French film critic and curator Abderrahmane Sissako, Mauritanian film director, President Joana Hadjithomas, Lebanese film director Rebecca Zlotowski, French film director Cécile de France, Belgian actress Daniel Olbrychski, Polish actor Nespresso Grand Prize Ronit Elkabetz, Israeli actress and film director, President Katell Quillévéré, French film director Peter Suschitzky, English cinematographer Andréa Picard, Canadian film curator and critic Boyd van Hoeij, France-based Dutch film criticL'Œil d'or Rithy Panh, Franco-Cambodian documentary film director, President Nicolas Philibert, French documentary film director Irène Jacob, Franco-Swiss actress Diana El Jeiroudi, Syrian documentary film producer Scott Foundas, American film criticQueer Palm Desiree Akhavan, American-Iranian film director and actress, President Ava Cahen, French journalist Elli Mastorou, Belgian film journalist Nadia Turincev, French film producer Laëtitia Eïdo, French actress The films competing for the Palme d'Or were announced at a press conference on 16 April 2015.
Two films were added to the main competition line-up on 23 April 2015, Valley of Love, directed by Guillaume Nicloux, Chronic, directed by Michel Franco. The Palme d'Or winner has been highlighted. Indicates film eligible for the Caméra d'Or as directorial debut feature. - film eligible for the Queer Palm. The following films competed in the Un Certain Regard section. Lamb, the first feature film directed by Yared Zeleke, is the first Ethiopian film to be included in the Official Selection. Sweet Red Bean Paste, directed by Naomi Kawase, was announced as the opening film for the Un Certain Regard section; the Un Certain Regard Prize winner has been highlighted. Film eligible for the Caméra d'Or as directorial debut feature. - film eligible for the Œil d'or as documentary. The following films were selected to screen out of competition: indicates film eligible for the Caméra d'Or as directorial debut feature. - film eligible for the Œil d'or as documentary. - film eligible for the Queer Palm. indicates film eligible for the Caméra d'Or as directorial debut feature.
- film eligible for the Œil d'or as documentary. The Cinéfondation section focuses on films made by students at film schools; the following 18 entries were selected out of 1,600 submissions. More than one-third of the films selected represent schools participating in Cinéfondation for the first time, it is the first time that a film representing a Spanish film school had been selected. The winner of the Cinéfondation First Prize has been highlighted. Out of 4,550 entries, the following films were selected to compete for the Short Film Palme d'Or; the Short film Palme d'Or winner has been highlighted. The full line-up for the Cannes Classics section was announced on 30 April 2015. Greek-Fr
The Kiyosu Conference
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Paco and the Magical Book
Paco and the Magical Book is a 2008 Japanese film written and directed by Tetsuya Nakashima, based on a play by Hirohito Goto. It was shown at the Munich Asian Filmfest in 2008 and has been nominated for three awards for the 2009 Asian Film Awards. Actors Kōji Yakusho and Ayaka Wilson and director Tetsuya Nakashima have been nominated for the 2008 Japanese Academy Award; the movie is set in a hospital. One of the older, gruffer patients, is Onuki, a business owner, sent to the hospital after a heart attack, thinks little of the other hospital patients, hopes to die without being remembered by such "worthless" people. Another patient, a young girl named Paco, is in the hospital due to a memory disorder- she can only remember the events of one day at a time; each day she reads a pop-up children's book, asks Onuki to read to her. Each day it is a new story for her; the two of them develop a friendship, Onuki decides to enlist the help of the other people in the hospital to perform a play of the book, hoping it will help Paco.
Ōnuki: Kōji Yakusho Paco: Ayaka Wilson Muromachi: Satoshi Tsumabuki Tamako: Anna Tsuchiya Horigome: Sadao Abe Kōichi: Ryō Kase Masami: Eiko Koike Ryūmonji: Takaya Yamauchi Kinomoto: Jun Kunimura Takita: Gekidan Hitori Asano: Takaya Kamikawa Official Site Paco and the Magical Book on IMDb
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Sabu is a 2002 Japanese film directed by Takashi Miike and adapted from the classic Japanese rite-of-passage novel by Shūgorō Yamamoto. Framed for a crime he did not commit, Eiji is subjected to the harsh realities of the Ishikawa Island workhouse. Sabu, Eiji's longtime friend, must discover, responsible for his incarceration, before prison life consumes him completely. Tatsuya Fujiwara as Eiji Satoshi Tsumabuki as Sabu Tomoko Tabata as Onobu Kazue Fukiishi as Osue Kenji Sawada as Okayasu Naomasa Rokudaira as Matsuda Tatsuo Yamada as Ryojiro Kojima Yoshiki Arizono as Yohei Keisuke Horibe Kenichi Endō as Giichi Naomasa Musaka Mayuko Nishiyama as Osono Ren Osugi as Heizo Hiroshi Tamaki as Kinta Yoji Tanaka as Toku Writing credits: Hiroshi Takeyama: screenplay Shūgorō Yamamoto: novel First assistant director: Masato Tanno Mes, Tom. "Sabu". Agitator: The Cinema of Takashi Miike. Godalming: FAB Press. Pp. 280–285, 397. ISBN 1-903254-21-3. Internet Movie Database