VIDEO:NYC·Japan Society's Film Series English Subtitled Trailers

"Kick-Heart," "Hentai Kamen" and live action "Kenshin" among showcased programming

This July, New York's Japan Society will be presenting the 2013 edition of their Japan Cuts film series, and to prep global cinema fans for the electric programming, they've posted a selection of trailers for movies including crowd-funded anime Kick-Heart, trangressive manga adaptation Hentai Kamen, live action Kenshin and more.


Kick-Heart - trailer (english subs)

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2013

Saturday, July 20, 1 PM

East Coast Premiere
Introduction with Producer Justin Leach

Produced through crowd funding via Kickstarter, this madness-filled short film by Masaaki Yuasa, the creator of Mind Game, is a love story between two people who each have a secret to hide. One is a pro-wrestler, the other a nun. Their encounter in the ring sparks magical moments and, as the filmmakers put it, "Losing never felt this good."

Japan. 2013. 12 min. BD, in Japanese with English subtitles.

Selected for the Short Film Competition for the Annecy International Animation Film Festival



Rurouni Kenshin - trailer (english subs)

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2013

Sunday, July 14, 2:30 PM

New York Premiere
Co-presented with the New York Asian Film Festival

Japan's number one box office hit of the year, this live action adaptation of a manga about a Meiji era assassin who leaves his life behind to become a protector of the common man has sold 55 million copies as a manga, and spawned several wildly popular animated adaptations. And it's one hell of a sword fighting movie.

Japan. 2012. 134 min. 35 mm, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Keishi Otomo. With Takeru Satoh, Emi Takei, Koji Kikkawa, Yu Aoi, Munetaka Aoki.



Hentai Kamen: Forbidden Super Hero - trailer (english subs)

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2013

Friday, July 12, 9 PM

North American Premiere
Co-presented with the New York Asian Film Festival

Kyosuke (Ryuhei Suzuki) is the best member of his high school martial arts club, but when he indulges in his passion for wearing women's underwear he becomes the panty-masked superhero Hentai Kamen. Based on a wildly popular manga series, Hentai Kamen may not be the hero we deserve, but he's the hero we need.

Japan. 2013. 105 min. HD CAM, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Yuichi Fukuda. With Ryohei Suzuki, Fumika Shimizu, Tsuyoshi Muro, Ken Yasuda, Nana Katase.


The Warped Forest

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2013

Sunday, July 14, 12:30 PM

U.S. Continental Premiere
Co-presented with the New York Asian Film Festival

Six years ago, directors Shunichiro Miki, Katsuhito Ishii and Hajime Ishimine teamed up to deliver Funky Forest: The First Contact, a movie so weirdly beautiful, so deeply imagined and so hilariously surreal that it changed lives, cured disease and turned water into unicorn milk. Now Shunichiro Miki, flying solo this time, is back to deliver a film full of nipple guitars, giant store owners, weiner guns and the Pinkie Pankie monster.
Japan, 2011, 82 min. HD Cam, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Shunichiro Miki. With Rinko Kikuchi, Fumi Nikaido, BOBA, Kanji Tuda, Yoshiyuki Morishita.


The Ravine of Goodbye - trailer (english subs)

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2013

Friday, July 19, 7 PM

North American premiere

Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Shuichi Yoshida. The body of a child is found near the house of a seemingly ordinary couple: Shunsuke (Shima Onishi, the limbless soldier in Caterpillar) and Kanako Ozaki (star actress Yoko Maki). The baby's mother Satomi Tachibana (Anne Suzuki) is arrested as the prime suspect, but it doesn't take long for the police to consider Shunsuke a person of interest: Satomi claims she was having an affair with him. Looking into the case, weekly tabloid reporter Watanabe (Nao Omori) digs up more dirt and finds out another shocking crime in Shunsuke's past. Fifteen years ago, when he was in college, Shunsuke was involved in the gang rape of a woman....
Japan. 2013. 117 min. HD CAM, in Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Tatsushi Omori. With Yoko Maki, Shima Onishi, Nao Omori, Anne Suzuki, Jyo Hyuga, Arata, Hirofumi Arai.


I'M FLASH! - trailer (english subs)

Part of JAPAN CUTS 2013

Thursday, July 11, 8:30 PM

Opening Film
U.S. Premiere
Introduction and Q&A with Director Toshiaki Toyoda
Co-presented with the New York Asian Film Festival

Wild boy director Toshiaki Toyoda has been a NYAFF and JAPAN CUTS favorite, releasing UFOs (unidentified film objects) like his samurai arthouse experiment, Blood of Rebirth and the Unabomber biopic Monsters' Club, but now he returns to deliver a sun-drenched gangster thriller somewhere between early Takeshi Kitano and a diurnal version of Winding Refn's Drive. Donning a rockstar suntan and obscenely good looks, Tatsuya Fujiwara plays Rui Yoshino, the charismatic leader of a religious sect calling itself "Life is Beautiful." Life is indeed beautiful for the cocky cult leader, whose many followers (particularly the female ones) treat him as a role model, escape route and god. One hot night, he picks up a young woman called Rumi (Kiko Mizuhara) and takes her out on a drunken drive that turns out to be less of a cruise to short-term earthly pleasures than a fateful ride: they crash the fancy sports car and kill a motorcyclist, leaving Rumi in a coma and Rui in deep trouble. The young guru miraculously escapes unscathed, but during that brief ride some kind of restlessness has stirred within his soul. And that's when events start to spin out of control.

Japan. 2012. 91 min. 35mm, in Japanese with live English subtitles. Directed by Toshiaki Toyoda. With Tatsuya Fujiwara, Ryuhei Matsuda, Kiko Mizuhara, Shigeru Nakano, Kento Nagayama.

Followed by the I'm Flash Opening Party!


Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.



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