by Chris MaGee
While all of us Canadians were setting off fireworks and drinking a few beers at the cottage for Canada Day yesterday folks down in New York were getting their second blast of Japanese cinema this summer. Co-presented with the New York Asian Film Festival the Japan Society is bringing the Big Apple Japan Cuts, the festival of new Japanese Cinema until July 12th. It's a pretty diverse programme, from the goofiness of Keralino Sandorovich's "Crime and Punishment?!?!" (above) and Kwak Jae Yong's "Cyborg She" (a film I hated, but you can't please everyone) to Ryosuke Hashiguchi's sublime drama "All Around Us" and the international premiere of a film that I've been excited about for a while now, Gen Takahashi's gritty police drama "Confessions of a Dog".
On top of all that Japan Cuts is presenting a programme of the short films of the just plain fun short films of animator UrumaDelvi who has also done up the trailer for this year's Japan Cuts Fest. Check it out below and then head over to the Japan Cuts website to get a look at all the films in the line-up.