Tag Archives: Japan

PLAYISM to livestream & spotlight up-and-coming videogames!

18 Sep
PLAYISM (@playismEN) | TwitterSept. 25, 2021 at
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PLAYISM, Japan’s oldest indie game publisher, renowned for some of the most anticipated upcoming titles and popular recent releases including Bright Memory: Infinite, Gnosia and Mighty Goose, announces the second annual PLAYISM Game Show: Premium Edition (PGS). This live event will include world premieres and all-new information for both upcoming and previously-released games in both English and Japanese on YouTube.
PGS is where this company will showcase titles that will take part in the Tokyo Game Show (TGS), Asia’s premier video game event. The show will also feature announcements for the upcoming Bright Memory: Infinite, along with updates on Gnosia, Record of Lodoss War -Deedlit in Wonder Labyrinth-, The Sealed Ampoule, and many more.

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When Eastern Traditions Spells Out K.I.L.L. in Ouija Japan’s Trailer

10 Sep

Leomark Studios and TokyoSHOCK Japan
Coming to Amazon Prime & Blu-ray Oct 19, 2021 (Preorder on Amazon USA here)

Autumn will soon be upon us, and for many, that means preparing for Halloween! This includes looking for all-new horror films to enjoy, and when some fans love a bit of that Asian flair in the work, Ouija Japan may well spell doom for Karen, an American housewife living in Japan who desperately wants to fit in with her Japanese community.

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[Fantasia 2021] When the Future is in the Hands of “Yakuza Princess”

17 Aug

Yakuza Princess poster.jpgBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Fantasia Film Festival 2021
Available Aug 18 & 20, 2021
to Stream On Demand

Coming to theatres & VOD
on Sept 3rd. Please check local listings.

Tickets can be purchased here

There is no honour amongst thieves in the families vying for absolute leadership in Yakuza Princess. This stylish neo-noir revenge thriller establishes that a very young girl, Akemi, will inherit a regime. But after a huge assassination attempt to which many members of the Takikawa clan get slain, she’s taken into hiding.

Instead of a feudal setting, this story by Vicente Amorim (director), Kimi Lee, Tubaldini Shelling and Fernando Toste (writers) sets the tale in modern times and in a world not everyone is familiar with. Akemi (MASUMI) is all grown up now and is being hunted in São Paulo, Brazil. She doesn’t know why until she questions a few people and learns about her heritage. Those that are after her knows she’s the true heir of the Yakuza crime syndicate. They won’t settle for controlling half of the organization and need to dispose of her.

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How to Bridge a Peace in Beasts of Burden: Occupied Territory #3

4 Jun

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Dark Horse Comics
Available Now

Spoiler Alert

The many yokai that Emerys has to face in Beasts of Burden: Occupied Territory shows that not even the weight of the world can stop him in his obligation to keep the humans safe. I’ve skipped looking at an issue because there’s still a lot to address in this mini-series and I knew #3 will focus on more than the rising action. This latest tale by Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer nicely introduces readers to the supernatural side of Japan. Benjamin Dewey’s style remains beautifully solid, and this latest shows he can bring a tear to this reader’s eye.

The first issue was merely a tease, the second dealt with tanukis and witches, the third goes deep with Kappas, Kitsune, Yamawaros and many more. This release may well be the Mononoke Hime of the franchise, as it deals with some overarching themes from the Ghibli anime in a subtler context.

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Fantasia’s 25th Anniversary Goes Virtual!

21 May

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

For the latest updates, please visit the official website.

Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival is going half and half, with a mix of physical events and digital for the genre enthusiast. The 25th Anniversary can’t be just one without the other because of the current global medical crisis, and the organizers can’t say for certain if the pandemic can be contained by the time summer rolls around. This event will include scheduled screenings and premieres, panels, and workshops, with films once again hosted on the leading-edge platform created by Festival Scope and Shift72. The number of physical events will be based on what the province’s health authority says, and this news don’t drop until closer to the event.

In what’s known is how important Japan’s culture has played across Fantasia’s history. There’ll be an enhanced focus, and this enthusiast can’t wait to see what’s coming! I hope they can secure the rights to show the full run of Evangelion films in its entirety! 

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