- Guess one of the big news items this week is the end of Midnight Eye, the website that’s been keeping us all informed of the latest in Japanese cinema. Unbelievable that it’s been 15 years. I’m one of those who followed the site from the very beginning, and through it I was introduced to great talents like Kurosawa Kiyoshi and many others. It’s really sad to see another great site go (there have been many others that I followed that are now defunct), but all the best to Jasper Sharp and Tom Mes. Read their final missive here.
- Meanwhile, still on the subject of Japanese films, the anime movie Attack on Titan: Crimson Bow & Arrow, which is the series crammed into a two-hour movie, is surprisingly being screened in Malaysian cinemas right now. If you’re too lazy to sit through hours and hours of the highly-acclaimed series, then here’s the crash course. While you’re at it, you might want to check out the latest Hong Kong trailer of the live-action version.
- Another surprise release in our cinemas here is the monster movie Stung. We’re way ahead of many other countries with this one, even Singapore. Going 80s retro is a big trend right now, and Stung is no different, being an homage to 80s B-movies and using practical effects. Giant mutant wasps should be fun, and it’s got Lance Henriksen in it. A review here will follow soon. Here’s the trailer.