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Japanese films at Cannes

Yoshito Seino reports on Japanese films in Cannes…

Today (Day 2, 16th May) Japan Special 2013 is presented on Screen International at Cannes. The focus is on the Tokyo International Films Festival, TIFFCOM (international films markets) and Japanese films.

Fortunately, two Japanese films, Wara no Tate (Shield Of Straw) directed by Takashi Miike and Soshite Chichi Ni Naru (Like Father, Like Son) directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda, are selected to compete in this year’s showcase at Cannes. Miike’s films are entertaining, comparable to Hollywood films, while Kore-eda’s films are much more Japanese in style. I hope one of our offerings will win the Palme d’Or, a prize not won since 1997, with Unagi directed by Shohei Imamura.

Meanwhile, various Japanese films will be showcased in market screenings and short films corners. Among which are Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s new films Real and Shinsuke Sato’s new films Library War. I think that’s good opportunity for Director Shinsuke at marketing screening of Cannes. Because, His great Sci-fi entertainment film titled GANTZ will be highlighted again. Also, in short films corner, I’m curious about Inseki to Importance and Mon Pays La vie.

I hope to introduce many impressive Japanese films at Cannes for a broader, global audience through my reviews on easternKicks and CUEAFS in UK.

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Yoshito Seino
My dream is to make Japanese film becoming a mainstream in the world. I want to establish business of Japanese film for international market in the future. Film critics are significant element for getting new audience, I wish to connect with you through reviews... More »
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