by Chris MaGee
Tomorrow one of the Asian film events of 2012 will be kicking off in new York City. The Japan Society Film Program and their Programming Director Samuel Jamier are bringing Love Will Tear Us Apart to the Big Apple. Between March 2nd through March 18th New Yorkers (or those of you lucky enough to be passing through New York) will be able to catch a programme of 22 Japanese and Korean "twisted, obsessive, heart-blazing love stories".
The series kicks off with the U.S. Premiere of Shinya Tsukamoto's latest psychological thriller "Kotoko". This topped both my best of list for last year as well as Matthew Hardstaff's. A very rough but astounding cinematic ride! Two other Tsukamoto films will be joining "Kotoko" in the line-up, "Snake of June" and "Vital". Audiences will also be able to catch the latest film by pink film veteran Koji Wakamatsu, "Petrel Hotel Blue". My own personal recommendations in "Love Will Tear Us Apart" have got to be Hideo Nakata's criminally under-appreciated mystery mind-bender "Chaos" as well as Ryuichi Hiroki's amorous road movie "Vibrator" (above).
Head to The Japan Society's website here for full programme details and info on how to get tickets!