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From controversial political biopics to manga adaptations and a 3D reboot of Ring, Jason Gray previews Japan’s most promising new titles in official selection and in the market

For Love’s Sake

Prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike returns to Cannes after last year’s sombre Hara-Kiri: Death Of A Samurai with a highly entertaining out of competition midnight title. Based on Ikki Kajiwara’s famed manga, Miike is at his genre-bending best with this tale of undying love between a rough kid from the wrong side of the tracks and the high-school girl he saved as a child. Filled with infectious musical numbers, engag- ing melodrama and bone-crushing gang rumbles, some may need to see it twice just to believe their eyes. The fi lm stars Satoshi Tsumabuki, whose credits include Villain, and irresisti- ble newcomer Emi Takei. International sales Kadokawa

11.25 The Day He Chose His Own Fate

Director Koji Wakamatsu continues his late-career ren- aissance by courting controversy yet again with this por- trait of iconic author, actor and nationalist Yukio Mishima (the subject of Paul Schrader’s Mishima: A Life In Four Chapters). Chameleon-like actor Arata stars in this chronicle of the days leading up to Mishima’s fatal attempt at a coup d’etat. Wakamatsu’s United Red Army (2007) and Caterpillar (2010) both enjoyed award-win- ning success in Berlin, with the latter’s Shinobu Tera- jima also appearing in Fate. The Un Certain Regard slot marks the fi ercely independent director’s return to the Cannes line-up for the fi rst time in 41 years. International sales Wakamatsu Productions +81 3 3341 7328

Blazing Famiglia

Respected independent fi lm-maker Kazuyoshi Kumakiri (Sketches Of Kaitan City) makes his big-budget debut with Toei’s latest fi lm, which returns to the studio’s roots in stylised, violent action dramas. Famed comedian Yoshimi Tokui impresses in his fi rst dramatic lead role as a former motorcycle gang member who reunites his old friends after the release from prison of a former rival sets off a chain of ugly events. Co-starring Jun Murakami, Kento Hayashi, Hiro- fumi Arai and Mitsuko Baisho, Blazing Famiglia’s depiction of masculinity and the meaning of family features a stirring soundtrack and dynamic battles. Buyers can see the fi nished fi lm. International sales Toei May 2012 Screen International 13 ■




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