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This article was written By Jon Jung on 11 Nov 2010, and is filed under Trailer Thursday.

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About Jon Jung

Jon Jung (aka “Coffin Jon”) is the producer and host of the VCinema podcast and editor-in-chief of the VCinema blog. He contributed several essays to World Film Locations: Tokyo (Intellect, 2011). Jon lives in San Francisco, but wishes he was back in Japan where he lived for seven years.

Trailer Thursday: Kamui Gaiden (2009)

Normally, I use Trailer Thursday as a way to inform, discuss, ruminate, and educate people about films  from the Asian region via their trailers.  This week, I will use this weekly feature to promote.

More specifically, we’re promoting a film whose screening that we are sponsoring in the San Francisco Bay Area next Friday (details below).  What really struck me about this film when it was first offered to us for this event was its strong pedigree: two Japan Academy Award winners (director Yoichi Sai, for 2004’s Blood and Bones and lead Kenichi Matsuyama, for 2008’s Detroit Metal City) plus a cast that reads like a who’s who of up and comers: Matsuyama, super pop star Anna Tsuchiya (Kamikaze Girls), Koyuki (The Last Samurai), and adapted by Kankuro Kudo (Yaji & Kita: The Midnight Pilgrims, Ping Pong) from a best-selling Sampei Shirato-penned manga from the ’70s (which practically guarantees badassery at some level).  The question is does it all work?  You’ll have to join us next week to find out (or wait for the FUNimation DVD release).

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2010 Year-End Wrap-Up, Part Three
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The Week Hong Sangsoo Arrives

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