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May 30, 2006

LITTLE NUGGETS

super-big-budget, mega-disaster spectacle, JAPAN SINKS!A long review of Ryu Seung-Wan's CITY OF VIOLENCE is up over on KoreanFilm.org. This is the first long review I've seen online - it looks like Variety and the other sites haven't bothered to post theirs yet. It wasn't part of the competition, but it was a major film by an important international director, so it'd be nice to see something else from someone somewhere.

FANAA, the Aamir Khan Bollywood romance featuring the return from retirement of leading lady Kajol, has broken records across India. Mumbai theatres have been selling out like mad, and the film has recorded the third best opening in this decade, as well as the best opening day gross collections ever. There are some reports that posters of Aamir, who's been politcially outspoken recently, have been burned outside theaters in Mumbai and Jabalpur but otherwise all is quiet save for the sound of making money. That's pretty good for a movie that the multiplexes boycotted claiming that the distributor, Yash Raj Films, was asking for too big of a slice of the profits. Less than 24 hours before the release of FANAA an agreement was worked out, but no details were released.

Tetsuya Nakashima follows up his KAMIKAZE GIRLS with MEMORIES OF MATSUKOThe Daily Yomiuri reviews MEMORIES OF MATSUKO, the new movie from the director of KAMIKAZE GIRLS. It sounds delicious and crunchy, like bacon, and the best description I can walk away with is: CITIZEN KANE via shojo manga.

Ryuangi links to Jason Gray's blog which contains exclusive coverage of the press premiere for the super-big-budget, mega-disaster spectacle, JAPAN SINKS!

And, finally, Wong Kar-wai is going into preproduction for MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS with a confirmed cast of Norah Jones, Jude Law, Rachel Weisz and Natalie Portman.

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What's with the burning-the-posters-of-Aamir thing? I know he's been politically outspoken but I haven't read anything he's said that would be controversial anywhere outside, say, a fifty-foot radius around the White House.

Posted by: Jessica | May 31, 2006 6:44:52 AM

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