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6:00 PM on 07.18.2014

Japan Cuts Roundup: The Devil's Path, The Pinkie, and Greatful Dead

It's been a little while since my last one of these, and I'm sorry about that. But I haven't actually died or anything, and there's still more to come! With just three days left in the festival (tonight included), some of the...

Alec Kubas-Meyer


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11:00 AM on 07.11.2014

Japan Cuts Roundup: The Mole Song's Snow White Murder Case

Japan Cuts has officially begun. Last night, the festival kicked off with the latest Takashi Miike film to hit our shores, The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji, and then Sion Sono's Why Don't You Play in Hell, which I've alr...

Alec Kubas-Meyer



Japan Cuts Roundup: Why Don't You Play the Eternal Zero in Hell? photo
Japan Cuts Roundup: Why Don't You Play the Eternal Zero in Hell?
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

Tomorrow marks the official start of the 2014 Japan Cuts film festival, which means today starts our official roundup series. We're kicking things off with two of the biggest films to play at the festival, Sion Sono's brilliant Why Don't You Play in Hell and Takashi Yamazaki's not-so-good The Eternal Zero.

Since not all of the many Japanese films played at the New York Asian Film Festival make the crossover, I've added my thoughts on some of the more compelling NYAFF-only things to come out of Japan this festival season. They may have already come and gone, but you should definitely keep your eye out for them in the future.

So without further ado, let's get's get this party started.

[For the next couple of weeks, Japanator's sister site Flixist will be covering the 2014 Japan Cuts Film Festival. They will be rounding up their coverage here for your convenience. For their full coverage, click hereFor their coverage of the New York Asian Film Festival, which is a Japan Cuts partner, click here. Keep up with the Japanator roundups here.]

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4:00 PM on 07.07.2014

Three cheers for the 2014 Japan Cuts Film Festival!

Hello everyone! Welcome to the third annual announcement of the Japan Cuts film festival by a Flixist writer. For those who don't know, Japan Cuts is the biggest Japan-focused festival in North America, and it has returned wi...

Alec Kubas-Meyer



Let's get HUGE: Japanator rolling out ad-free memberships photo
Let's get HUGE: Japanator rolling out ad-free memberships
by Brad Rice

We here at ModernMethod are rolling out a membership program across all four sites called HUGE. The program is meant to be a game-changer for the entire network, allowing us to bring you better content than you've ever seen before. Right now the program is just available through Destructoid, but we'll be rolling it out on Japanator this week, and any benefits gained from signing up via Destructoid apply across all of our sites.

First, let's talk about what you get. You'll get an ad-free browsing experience on all four of our sites (Destructoid, Japanator, Tomopop, and Flixist). You'll get automatic entry into all of our contests on all four sites. You'll get direct access to staff members. Those are the guarantees, and we're working with some of our partners to provide even more benefits! 

On our end, it allows us to not worry about turning into BuzzFeed or BleacherReport -- putting out articles with a 100-page gallery that forces you to click through over and over again. We'll be able to provide better content, because we are beholden to you, not to pageviews (But don't worry, we'll still run that gallery of embarrassing Elliot photos).

Instead, we'll be able to take a better look at some of the anime and manga out there, raising the discussion to a new level. We'll be able to cover Japanese pop culture more in-depth, and provide some new features that we had only been able to dream about up until this point.

Of course, the first thing to state here is that all of our content will still be free. It's not going behind a paywall or anything cruel like that. We're still committed to providing great content to you, regardless of whether or not you subscribed. If we could move away from advertisers entirely, that'd be the best thing in the world.

So please, go check out the HUGE signup page, and let us know in the comments what you think about it and what you would like to see from us!

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Japan Cuts 2013 (Flixist) Awards and Recap photo
Japan Cuts 2013 (Flixist) Awards and Recap
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

We've reached the end of the road. Above is a video of Hubert and me on the final day of the festival talking about what we saw, what we thought, and whatever else. The actually conversation was about nine minutes longer, but I cut out some of the extraneous banter for the sake of time and relevance. It's about both NYAFF and Japan Cuts, but I think it's still worth your time if you've been invested up until now. Or if you haven't and want a recap of all the craziness you've been missing.

Below you will find our festival awards as well as a full roundup of everything festival related that we've done. That we can put everything into a single (relatively large) text box doesn't seem to do the dozens and dozens of hours we put into all of this justice, but I guess that's just how it goes.

We hope you enjoyed our coverage, and let us know if you did. Festival season is still in full swing, and over at Flixist we begin our coverage of the Montreal-based Fantasia Film Festival on Monday, so check that out. It's a big foreign/genre festival as well, so we've got a number of Japanese film reviews lined up already.

...

I need a nap.

[For the past few weeks, Japanator's sister site Flixist has been covering the 2013 Japan Cuts Film Festival. For their full coverage, click hereFor their coverage of the New York Asian Film Festival, which is a Japan Cuts partner, click here. Keep up with their Japanator writings here.]

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6:00 PM on 07.25.2013

Japan Cuts Roundup: Fly with the Golden Castle of Goodbye

And here we are, folks: the last roundup of the 2013 Japan Cuts film festival. There are three more films we wanted to tell you about before tomorrow comes. What's tomorrow? Well, our final recap/awards post, of course! ...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

8:00 PM on 07.23.2013

Japan Cuts Roundup: It's Me, Bad Forest!

So Japan Cuts has officially ended, but that doesn't mean we're done writing about it. We've still got a few more reviews to do and our massive roundup coming this Friday (a scaled down version of which will be posted here). ...

Alec Kubas-Meyer



Japan Cuts Roundup: A Woman and War is disgusting photo
Japan Cuts Roundup: A Woman and War is disgusting
by Alec Kubas-Meyer

A Woman and War is one of the worst things I have ever seen in my entire life. It is unfathomably bad and has the dubious honor of being the first thing to get a score below 10/100 on Flixist. It's sickening, truly repulsive.

But fortunately it's not the only thing featured in today's roundup. On the other end of the spectrum is the excellent live action adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin, which is every bit as good as I could have hoped for and comes highly recommended from someone who loves the series. Did you know there is essentially a manga reboot that somehow ties into the film? They're rebooting manga now. Is that a thing that I've somehow missed? That's so weird...

Also, our official review of Lesson of the Evil has gone live, if you're interested in a more in-depth look at the film, and there's something called Hentai Kamen: Forbidden Super Hero, which is pretty much exactly what it sounds like.

[For the next week, Japanator's sister site Flixist will be covering the 2013 Japan Cuts Film Festival. They will be rounding up their coverage here for your convenience. For their full coverage, click hereFor their coverage of the New York Asian Film Festival, which is a Japan Cuts partner, click here. Keep up with the Japanator roundups here.]

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10:00 AM on 07.14.2013

Japan Cuts Roundup: Thermae Kirishima Romae

The first weekend of Japan Cuts continues with a long day of movies that run the gamut from adaptations of beloved manga/anime to the aforementioned Citizen Kane of time travel Roman bath house movies. It's certainly going to...

Alec Kubas-Meyer

11:00 AM on 07.12.2013

Japan Cuts Roundup: A Story of Dreams for Helter Skelter

Unlike the New York Asian Film Festival, Japan Cuts is relatively quiet during the week. There are never more than two films in a day, and oftentimes there's only one. On the weekends, though, they make up for it with three o...

Alec Kubas-Meyer





10:00 AM on 07.08.2013

Japan Cuts Film Festival 2013 kicks off in NYC this week

Heya, remember me? Probably not, but that's okay. I write for Japanator's film-obsessed sister site Flixist, and for the second year running, we will be bringing our coverage of the Japan Cuts film festival over here so can g...

Alec Kubas-Meyer