Thursday, November 18, 2010

Masa and Isa go to Okinawa


My good friends Masa and Isa took a break from Tokyo and visited Okinawa for the first time. Masa was generous enough to let me post his fabulous photos and commentary on my Okinawa blog. Check out their adventures here!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Robot Actress Steals the Show

Creepy yet compelling: the latest stage star in Japan, Geminoid-F, is a robot. "Androids can look very similar to human actors, but more than that, we can technically create a superior actor."

Via Reuters

Friday, November 12, 2010

Born a ninja. Die a ninja: The Legend of Kamui

The Red Lantern and VCinema start the first in their movie series with the 2009 Japanese film The Legend of Kamui aka Kamui Gaiden, a live-action adaptation of the best-selling manga by Sampei Shirato. This is the West Coast premiere of the film.  

In 17th century Japan, disillusioned ninja Kamui finds himself on the run, in search of freedom. However, he discovers he's being hunted by members of his former clan who want to assassinate him for the clan secrets that he possesses. When he finally settles down in a small fishing village, Kamui finds himself face to face with an old nemesis whom he must deal with along with the ninja hunting party who are hot on his trail.

The Legend of Kamui is a thrilling action movie starring some of the hottest talent in Japanese cinema today: Japan Academy Award winner Kenichi Matsuyama (Detroit Metal City, Death Note), Koyuki (The Last Samurai), Anna Tsuchiya (Kamikaze Girls), and Suzuka Ohgo (Memoirs of a Geisha). The film is directed by Yoichi Sai whose 2004 film Blood and Bones garnered four Japan Academy Awards.

The film will be shown at VIZ Cinema in San Francisco's Japantown on November 19, 7:15 pm.  Tickets will be $10 and will include a screening of the film as well as an post-movie reception with food and drinks and other goodies. This event is open to the general public.

The Red Lantern is an Asian cinema meetup group located in the San Francisco Bay Area.

VCinema is an Asian cinema podcast also located in the San Francisco Bay Area.