A teaser trailer of Studio Ghibli’s adaptation of Joan G. Robinson’s When Marnie Was There directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (Arrietty). It’s from Japanese TV, so there’s all kinds of graphics all over the screen, but hopefully a cleaner version will find its way online soon.
The song, by the way, is “Fine on the Outside,” sung by Priscilla Ahn.
Prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike (Ichi the Killer, Audition) is on a bit of a samurai kick lately. His Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai came out earlier this year in Japan, but in the States, his previous foray in to the genre, the big-budget 13 Assassins, is only just hitting theaters.
The film centers around “a group of unemployed samurai are enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord and prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the country into a wartorn future,” and its 45-minute climactic battle has been hailed as “inventive and ingenious” and “just plain mind-blowing.”
13 Assassins is playing in limited release now â€” and in Chicago at the Music Box Theatre. I’m planning on going to the 2pm showing on Friday. Anyone interested in joining me?