Friday starts of the Japan Society's Love Will Tear us Apart. Its a series that looks at the bumps in the road of love.
Playing like a greatest hits series from Japan Cuts, The New York Asian Film Festival and the Korean Cultural Service screenings this 16 day series has a large number of winners in it.
Because the series runs counter to several other festivals and series, and because we've already seen many of the films already coverage here at Unseen will be limited. It's not that the films are bad, its just that we've seen many before and even reviewed some here.
Additionally, as with most things at the Japan Society, there is only a single screening for all the films in the series. I love the Japan Society and their film series, I hate that almost always there is only one shot at seeing anything. This one shot approach is what is also keeping us from seeing more than the two or three things we're aiming for.
The series is starting with the US premiere of Shinya Tsukamoto's Kotoko. Tsukamoto is probably best know for the Tetsuo films, but he's an accomplished filmmaker turning in the very good Nightmare Detective films, Snake of June which is also in the series, Gemini, anda few others. His films are always intriguing in the extreme and if it can be arranged one or several of us will take in Kotoko.
What have we seen that we recommend?
Vital,Snake of June, Oasis, Vegatarian, Chaos, In The Realm of the Senses, Dream, Bad Guy, and Time.
If time permits we will try to get some reviews up of some of the films. However I can't promose anything (things are a bit busy right now)
What are we looking to see?
Koyoko, Air Doll, My Dear Enemy, Snakes and Earrings, Tale of Cinema and Villain.
If something tickles your fancy do go.
Details can be found here.