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Tony Leung And J-Horror Master Kiyoshi Kurosawa Team For Upcoming Japanese-Chinese Period Drama '1905'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 10, 2012 11:15 AM
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It wasn't that long ago we were questioning what had become of J-Horror legend and all-round genre blending/bending Kiyoshi Kurosawa after his 2008 family drama "Tokyo Sonata." Things turned around fairly quickly with his latest 4.5 hour drama "Penance" premiering at Venice merely days ago (even though it didn't totally sweep our man on the ground at Venice off his feet), with the helmer also lining up a sci-fi drama "The Day Of The Real, Perfect Plesiosaur" in the near future. Kurosawa, though, is now set to team with one of Asia's finest modern actors in Tony Leung Chiu-wai for period drama "1905," the latter starring in his first-ever Japanese picture.

Venice Review: Kiyoshi Kurosawa's 'Penance' Is An Absorbing 4 1/2 Hour Drama That Falters At Its Ending

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 28, 2012 2:57 PM
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  • 7 Comments
For all the talk of auteurs working on the small screen, and helping to bring in a new golden age of television – Martin Scorsese, Michael Mann etc. – it’s hardly a phenomenon only made up of HBO’s current output. Ingmar Bergman and Rainer Werner Fassbinder both turned to television in the 1980s, for instance, and more recently British filmmakers Shane Meadows and Michael Winterbottom have both worked regularly on U.K. TV. The latest international filmmaker to follow in their footsteps is Kiyoshi Kurosawa, the Japanese filmmaker best known for his millennial horror masterpiece “Pulse.”

'Tokyo Sonata' & 'Pulse' Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa Returns With Sci-Fi Drama 'The Day Of The Real, Perfect Plesiosaur'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 18, 2012 7:44 PM
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Ask and you shall receive? Something like that anyway....It was just last month that we openly wondered about what was going on with Kiyoshi Kurosawa, who featured on our What Ever Happened To These 5 Foreign-Language Filmmakers? list, and lo and behold, he's back with a new feature.

What Ever Happened To These 5 Foreign-Language Filmmakers?

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 18, 2012 2:54 PM
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  • 14 Comments
Generally you can find plenty of information about your favorite stateside filmmaker, and depending on who they are (see: David Gordon Green), you can find a long list of potential upcoming projects to investigate. But being head-over-heels for a foreign director is a different story -- without the Hollywood system or independent film cliques to generate word of mouth or gossip, you can spend years without hearing a peep from even the biggest festival sweethearts, and only last week were were discussing around the Playlist water cooler where some of our favorite international filmmakers had gone in the last few years.

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