Tokyo Tribe by Japanese director Sion Sono will open the Temps Zéro section, this year celebrating its 10th anniversary. The rap-infused musical is set in a futuristic Tokyo where the gangs that run the city are forced to team up to battle a nasty, nefarious ogre of a mob boss named Big Buppa (Rikki Takeuchi).
In total the festival will offer half a dozen Japanese movies including the latest Shinya Tsukamoto, Takashi Miike, Isao Takahata, and Sion Sono!! Those are all Japanese blockbusters that have been previously screened at other film festivals. I am not planning to attend the festival (because of the lack of time, the unfriendliness of the festival toward small online media but mostly because I must rest after my recent health problems). However, I'll post here all the information I can get for those who will want to attend:
- Fire on the plain (野火 / Nobi): Japan, 2014, 87 min; Dir./Phot./Prod.: Shinya Tsukamoto; Scr.: Shohei Ooka, Shinya Tsukamoto; Cast: Shinya Tsukamoto, Lily Franky, Tatsuya Nakamura.
“The philippines, during the second World War, on the Japanese side. An enlisted man is trying to survive. He has tuberculosis, his intense fever is causing gangrene, he’s hungry. so very, very hungry. He is alive, but already dead. And all around him are horrors, each more terrible than the last.” (from the Festival's website)
Screening as part of the “Temps 0” segment: Sat 10/11 21:30 at Auditorium Alumni H110 (Concordia); Sun 10/12 13:15 at Cinéma du Parc 3.
- Over your dead body (喰女 クイメ / Kuime): Japan, 2014, 93 min; Dir.: Takashi Miike; Scr.: Kikumi Yamagishi (based on a kabuki play by Tsuruya Nanboku IV); Phot.: Nobuyasu Kita; Ed.: Kenji Yamashita; Mus.: Kôji Endô; Cast: Ko Shibasaki, Hitomi Katayama, Ebizô Ichikawa XI, Hideaki Itô.
“Miyuki and her boyfriend Kosuke land the lead roles in a highly anticipated theatre production. Miyuki will play a woman betrayed who seeks revenge from the beyond. Kosuke will play her lover, a devious psychopath. After rehearsals begin, the production is beset by episodes of madness and violence. is life suddenly imitating art?” (from the Festival's website)
Screening as part of the “Temps 0” segment: Mon 10/13 21:15 at Cinéma du Parc 1; Sat 10/18 21:45 at Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin A.
- Still in the water (2つ目の窓 / Futatsume no Mado / Lit. “The Second Window”): Japan, 2014, 119 min; Dir./Scr.: Naomi Kawase; Phot.: Yutaka Yamazaki; Ed.: Tina Baz, Naomi Kawase; Mus.: Hashiken; Cast: Nijiro Murakami, Jun Yoshinaga, Tetta Sugimoto, Miyuki Matsuda, Makiko Watanabe, Jun Murakami, Hideo Sakaki, Fujio Tokita.
“The people of the Amami archipelago in southwestern Japan live in harmony with nature, seeing the divine in the tiniest leaf or smallest twig and celebrating it through traditional song and dance. In this idyllic setting, Kaito, a boy of 14, comes across a man’s body floating in the sea one night. Together with his friend Kyoko (who has a crush on him), he sets out to solve the mystery. But during the course of the investigation and the personal challenges it presents, the two teens discover much more than they had imagined.” (from the Festival's website)
Screening as a special presentation: Sun 10/12 15:20 at Auditorium Alumni H110 (Concordia); Sun 10/19 16:30 at Cinéma du Parc 1.
- The Tale of Princess Kaguya (かぐや姫の物語 / Kaguya-Hime no Monogatari): Japan, 2013, 137 min; Dir.: Isao Takahata; Scr.: Isao Takahata, Riko Sakaguchi; animation by Studio Ghibli (Char. Design: Kenichi Konishi; Art Dir.: Kazuo Oga; Anim. Dir.: Kenichi Konishi); Mus.: Joe Hisaishi; Original Voice Cast: Aki Asakura, Kengo Kora, Takeo Chii, Nobuko Miyamoto, Atsuko Takahata, Tomoko Tabata, Tatekawa Shinosuke, Takaya Kamikawa, Hikaru Ijūin, Ryudo Uzaki, Nakamura Shichinosuke II, Isao Hashizume, Yukiji Asaoka, Tatsuya Nakadai.
“Born inside a bamboo stalk, tiny Kaguya (“radiant princess”) is discovered by an old bamboo cutter, who brings her home. Kaguya grows into a lovely young woman whose beauty is renowned throughout the land. Five noble- men compete fiercely for her hand in marriage, attempting impossible tasks to impress her. But this magical woman’s destiny lies above such mundane concerns.” (from the Festival's website)
Screening as part of the “Temps 0” segment: Mon 10/13 14:00; Fri 10/17 18:30 at Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin A .
- Tokyo Tribe (トウキョウ トライブ / Tōkyō Toraibu): Japan, 2014, 116 min; Dir.: Sion Sono; Scr.: Sion Sono (based on the manga by Santa Inoue); Phot.: Daisuke Sôma; Ed.: Jun'ichi Itô; Mus.: B.C.D.M.G.; Cast: Ryohei Suzuki, Young Dais, Nana Seino, Ryuta Sato, Shoko Nakagawa, Mika Kano, Yosuke Kubozuka, Riki Takeuchi, Takuya Ishida, Shunsuke Daito, Yui Ichikawa, Denden, Shota Sometani, Mao Mita.
“A future Tokyo where gangs reign supreme. A nasty mobster who happens to be an ogre (yes, the kind that eats people) by the name of Big Buppa (Rikki Takeuchi in an instant-classic and thoroughly grotesque performance) wants to take on all the gangs. A young woman on the run finds a solution to the crisis, uniting all of Tokyo against the monster. Gang wars, fratricidal yakuza battles, criminal madness, revenge Tokyo-style. Yes, Tokyo Tribe has all that, but you might be surprised to learn it’s also a musical–all rap, all the time, from the first frame to the last. ” (from the Festival's website)
Screening as part of the “Temps 0” segment: Thu 10/09 19:00 at Auditorium Alumni H110 (Concordia); Fri 10/10 16:30 at Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin B.
- The world of Kanako (渇き / Kawaki): Japan, 2014, 118 min; Dir.: Tetsuya Nakashima; Scr.: Tetsuya Nakashima (based on the novel by Akio Fukamachi); Phot.: Shoichi Ato; Ed.: Yoshiyuki Koike; Cast: Kōji Yakusho, Nana Komatsu, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Joe Odagiri, Fumi Nikaidō, Hiroya Shimizu, Hiroki Nakajima, Ai Hashimoto, Asuka Kurosawa, Miki Nakatani, Jin Hoshino, Mahiro Takasugi, Jun Kunimura, Munetaka Aoki, Aoi Morikawa, Yasuo Koh, Megumi Hachitaya, Shouno Hayama.
“Akikazu, a bitter, hard-drinking cop who was kicked off the police force, is contacted by his ex-wife when their straight-A daughter, Kanako, goes missing. The man embarks on a brutal investigation that goes deep into the heart of a clandestine underworld ruled by violence and murder. As the body count rises, the veil comes off Kanako’s secret life, revealing the horrifying truth.” (from the Festival's website)
Screening as part of the “Temps 0” segment: Wed 10/15 21:15 at Auditorium Alumni H110 (Concordia); Sat 10/18 15:00 at Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin A.