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Thursday, October 9, 2014

WTFW: The Duel Project

What is The Duel Project?  The Duel Project was a challenge issued to Ryuhei Kitamura and Yukihiko Tsutsumi by producer Shin’ya Kawai (Ringu, Rasen, Sky High, Samurai Zombie) during a night of drinking.  The mutual admirers talked late into the night until Yukihiko Tsutsumi threw down the gauntlet and challenged Ryuhei Kitamura to a duel.  Not a traditional 10 paces turn-and-fire duel – but a cinematic battle with rigid rules of conduct.  Each director would make a film in a single confined setting about a duel to the death between two principal actors/actresses in the time span of one week.  Many consider The Duel Project to be a personal best for each director.


2LDK (2003)

  • Genre: Drama – Horror – Thriller
  • Directed: Yukihiko Tsutsumi
  • Produced:
    • Yûji Ishida 
    • Mitsuru Itô 
    • Shin'ya Kawai 
    • Kazuki Manabe 
    • Susumu Nakazawa 
    • Munehiro Umemura
  • Written:
    • Yuiko Miura  
    • Yukihiko Tsutsumi
  • Starring: Eiko Koike, Maho Nonami, Daisuke Kizaki
  • Music: Nobuhiko Morino
  • Cinematography: Satoru Karasawa
  • Editing: Nobuyuki Ito
  • Studio:
    • DUEL Film Partners 
    • Micott 
    • Times In
  • Distributed:
    • Rapid Eye Movies  
    • TLA Releasing  
    • WE Productions
  • Rated:
  • Release Date:
    • 4 October 2003 (Japan) 
    • 13 July 2004 (USA)
  • Running Time: 70 minutes
  • Country: Japan
  • Language: Japanese

Two ambitious actresses, who share an apartment, learn they have been short-listed for the same part and that they have to wait for one more night to see who wins the part.  As they bicker throughout the night, their competitiveness and hidden grudges turn their apartment into a battlefield.

Although aspiring actresses Nozomi and Rana share a Tokyo apartment that's owned by their talent management agency, they're a world apart.  Nozomi is a soft-spoken country girl from Sado Island who prides herself on being demure.  City girl Rana, who grew up in a rough area of Tokyo, is more worldly, experienced and jaded.

Whilst in apartment, they learn they have auditioned for the same part in a highly anticipated film called Yakuza Wives and that there will be a phone call in the morning that will reveal who wins the role.  They decide to stay in for the phone call.

A conversation between two actresses turns sour, bringing their hidden resentment to the surface, which pushes them into committing a series of violent acts against each other while arguing over their backgrounds, lifestyles, choices, and love lives.

As they lay dying from severe injuries they inflicted on each other, their apartment phone finally rings at dawn. When it goes unanswered, it's switched to their answering machine.  A male voice on the machine announces they both won the part.

The title is a Japanese real estate acronym for an 2-bedroom apartment with a Living-room, Dining-room, and Kitchen.


Aragami (2003)

  • Genre: Action – Fantasy – Horror
  • Directed: Ryûhei Kitamura
  • Produced:
    • Yûji Ishida 
    • Shin'ya Kawai 
    • Haruo Umekawa 
    • Munehiro Umemura
  • Written:
    • Shôichirô Masumoto 
    • Ryûhei Kitamura 
    • Ryuichi Takatsu
  • Starring: Takao Ohsawa, Masaya Katô, Kanae Uotani, Tak Sakaguchi, Hideo Sakaki
  • Music: Nobuhiko Morino
  • Cinematography: Takumi Furuya
  • Editing: Shûichi Kakesu
  • Studio:
    • Amuse 
    • DUEL Film Partners 
    • Micott 
    • Napalm Film 
    • napalm FiLMS
  • Distributed:
    • Rapid Eye Movies  
    • Micott  
    • Palisades-Tartan Acquisitions  
    • SBP  
    • WE Productions
  • Rated:
  • Release Date: 27 March 2003 (Japan)
  • Running Time: 78 minutes
  • Country: Japan
  • Language: Japanese

Ancient Japan.  Fleeing from enemies, two wounded samurai arrive at a strange old temple in a remote location in the mountains.  The doors to the place are opened by a beautiful and exotic woman, who beckons them inside.  Unable to walk any further, they collapse from exhaustion.  One samurai awakes to find that not only has his comrade died, but that his wounds have miraculously healed.  He discovers that he has been given the power of immortality by the swordsman, a man once known as the legendary Miyamoto Musashi.  The samurai is persuaded to stay the night.  His host tells him the legend of the "Tengu", a goblin which is said to reside in the mountains dining on the flesh of men.  He goes on to reveal the true name of the Tengu : Aragami.  When the samurai asks if Aragami poses a threat to the temple, his host answers : "I am Aragami".  The only way for the Samurai to leave the temple is to destroy Aragami.

 

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