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8:00 PM on 09.02.2013

Let's get HUGE: Japanator rolling out ad-free memberships

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 b...

Brad Rice


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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

3:01 PM on 02.17.2012

It's Ghibli Week at Flixist, and go watch Arrietty!

Just in case you didn't know, we've got a great sister site over at Flixist, blogging up all your movies. And guess what, Studio Ghibli makes a lot of movies! To celebrate that and the US release of Arrietty, they've been wri...

Jeff Chuang

Japanator Kind of Recommends: The Quiet Don 1 photo
Japanator Kind of Recommends: The Quiet Don 1
by OxKing

[Japanator and our good buddies at Flixist have collaborated together to branch out and bring you reviews of the great, weird, and sometimes terrible examples of Japan cinema through the streaming site JapanFlix. Catch both our own review here, as well as Tom Fronczak's opinion on the film over on Flixist now! Yes, as in right now! Tonight, we review the quirky Yakuza thriller, The Quiet Don Vol. 1 - The New Chapter.]

There's something about a film as quirky as The Quiet Don that excuses the flaws that technically make it a terrible film. Big budget or not, it's noteworthy how a film I'm so divided about can still manage to be as oddly entertaining as this film has been. A lot of seemingly poor choices were made in the making of this film, and I'm still not sure as to which of those choices were intentional or not, but The Quiet Don manages to surprise me in thinking it's hilariously written at some points, hilariously bad in others, and moments where I can't really decide at all what to think anymore.

Hit that jump for the full review of a film that, even after expecting a ridiculous premise, is still not quite what's expected.

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3:00 PM on 07.20.2011

NYAFF 11: A quick recap, in case you missed it

Alec Kubas-Meyer over at Sister Site Flixist covered New York Asian Film Festival over the course of two weeks, providing lots of great news, reviews and highlights throughout the event. If you're interested in this sort of t...

Kristina Pino

5:00 PM on 10.20.2010

Flixist is live, mankind is saved!

You like movies, right? I mean, sure, there's always the classics of Japanese cinema like Rashomon and Stray Dog, along with the anime classics Ghost in the Shell and Grave of the Fireflies.Well, you're in luck, because our l...

Brad Rice