Kansai Scene Magazine
 

 

Tangled

Mar 12

What little girl hasn’t dreamed of being a princess? They’ve got it all: fancy floaty dresses, tiny waists, perfect hair and dreamy princes arriving just in the nick of time to save them from certain death/a life of misery — well, until Dreamworks threw a big green spanner in the works in the shape of Shrek’s sassy Fiona. She killed birds with her singing, belched like a viking and was proud of her woman­ly curves. Post-Shrek, animated princesses have had to wake up and smell the coffee.

Last year, Disney gave a new twist to the Brothers Grimm tale The Frog Prince, to mixed box office success. This year, with their 50th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, they are hoping it’s Rapunzel’s time to shine.

Our heroine Rapunzel, unknowingly a princess, has mag­ical hair that grows when she sings. As a baby, she was kidnapped and shut up in a tower for 18 years. While life is pretty cozy in the tower with mother Gothel and pet cha­meleon Pascal, she’s getting cabin fever, so when a thief tumbles into her tower, he proves the driving force behind an escape plan. The thief Flynn may be street-wise but not so bright in other matters, and as he shares danger and discovery with Rapunzel, he’s as much a lead character as our princess.

Adventure, self-discovery and romance blended with comedy and some stunning CGI promise to make this one of the best Disney animations in decades. If you enjoyed the likes of Aladdin and Enchanted, chances are you’ll be swept away by the magic and adventure of this one too. But remember, this is a post-Shrek princess world. So ex­pect some Rapunzel ass-kicking scenes, some comic visual moments from supporting animals Pascal and Maximus, some uplifting music at the key moments and just enough romance to make that inner princess sigh happily ever after.

• Animation/Comedy/Family • USA • English • 100mins • Starring (voices): Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy • Directors: Nathan Greno, Bryon Howard Walt Disney Studios


True Grit

Mar 18

Saddle up the horses, pard’ner, the classic Hollywood west­ern is back, with the wildly inspiring Coen brothers at the reins. But unlike the John Wayne-dominated True Grit of 1969, this version draws more inspiration from the original Charles Portis novel, by placing an unlikely heroine — fourteen-year-old farm girl Mattie Ross— back in her right­ful place in the central role.

Mattie hits the dirt tracks of justice after her dad is killed by a mysterious hired hand. She enlists the help of reck­less, trigger happy US Marshal Reuben J “Rooster” Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) and LaBoef, a Texas ranger (Matt Damon) who is after the killer for his own reasons. As the trio face danger, surprises and the wildest of the wild west on the killer’s trail, their own ‘true grit’ is put to the test.

It takes a lot of grit for a relatively new teenage actress to saddle up next to the likes of Jeff Bridges and hold her own — and the actress was hired after some rare open au­ditions — but as the academy award nominations prove, Hailee Steinfield is clearly a star on the rise. She makes Mattie a tough but believable teen, at times bear­ing the weight of the wild, wild world on her small squared shoulders.

John Wayne fans, rather than bemoan a remake, are prais­ing Bridges for making the role of Rooster Cogburn his own. The role won John Wayne Best Actor award at the Oscars — and Bridges has been nominated for the same. Fans of the western are thanking the Coens for present­ing a grittier, more authentic feeling adaptation of the story while keeping some of the previous movie’s humour. If you’ve never seen a western on the big screen, this might be the best reason in decades to give the genre a go. A perfect addition to the Coens’ fine stable of moviemaking.

• Adventure/Drama/Western • USA • English • 110mins • Starring: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld • Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen • Paramount Japan


Kansai Cinema Listings

OSAKA

TOHO CINEMAS UMEDA

(HEP NAVIO 7~9F)
Tel: 06-6316-1312
• ¥1,000: Wed for women, 1st & 14th of the month
• ¥1,200: after 8pm
http://www.toho.co.jp
www.tohotheater.jp

• Now showing: The Chronicles of Narnia, Morning Glory, The Kings Speech
• From Mar 5: The Tourist, Doraemon 2011, Agora, Wasao
• From Mar 12: Tangled
• From Mar 18: True Grit
• From Mar 19: One Piece 3D-Toriko 3D, Manzai Gang, The Rite
• From Mar 26: The Illusionist, Never Let Me Go, Aftershock


UMEDA BURG7

(South From Hansin Dep. Store, E-MA Build. 7~13F)
06-4795-7602
• ¥1,000: Wed for women, 1st of the month
• ¥1,200: after 8pm
www.t-joy.net

• Now showing: The Chronicles of Narnia, Morning Glory, I Saw The Devil
• From Mar 5: The Tourist, Wasao, Cold Sleep
• From Mar 12:Tangled
• From Mar 19: The Rite, One Piece 3D-Toriko 3D, Manzai Gang
• From Mar 26: Aftershock


UMEDA GARDEN CINEMA

(Umeda Sky Build. Tower East 4F)
06-6440-5977
• ¥1,000: Wed for women, 1st of the month
www.kadokawa-gardencinema.jp

• Now showing: Apart Together
• From Mar 5: Certified Copy
• From Mar 12: Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives
• From Mar 19: Chopin. Pragnienie Milosci
• From Mar 26: The Fighter


CINE LIEBRE UMEDA

(Umeda Sky Build. Tower East 3F)
Tel: 06-6440-5930
• ¥1,000: Wed for women, 1st & 15th of the month
www.cinelibre.jp

• Now showing: Sayonarano Tsubasa
• From Mar 12: The Runaways
• From Mar 26: Badboys


THEATER UMEDA

(Umeda Loft B1F)
06-6359-1080
• ¥1,000: Wed for women, Tue for men, 1st of the month

• Now showing: A Serious Man
• From Mar 5: Antichrist
• From Mar 19: Away We Go, Placido Domingo In Films
• From Mar 26: Na Putu


CINE POP

(1-2-3 Sennichimae 2-11-5 Shikishima Build.)
Tel: 06-6641-3719
• ¥1,000: Wed for women, 1st & 14th of the month
• ¥1,200: after 8pm

• Now showing: The Chronicles of Narnia, Morning Glory, The Kings Speech
• From Mar 5: The Tourist, Doraemon 2011, Agora, Wasao
• From Mar 12: Tangled • From Mar 18: True Grit • From Mar 19: One Piece 3D-Toriko 3D, Manzai Gang, The Rite
• From Mar 26: The Illusionist, Never Let Me Go, Aftershock


TOHO CINEMAS NAMBA

(8F, 3-8-9, Chuo-ku, Osaka)
Tel: 06-6633-1040
• ¥1,000: Wed for women, 1st & 14th of the month
• ¥1,200: after 8pm
www.tohotheater.jp/theater/namba

• Now showing: The Chronicles of Narnia, Morning Glory, The Kings Speech
• From Mar 5: The Tourist, Doraemon 2011, Agora, Wasao
• From Mar 12: Tangled
• From Mar 18: True Grit
• From Mar 19: One Piece 3D-Toriko 3D, Manzai Gang, The Rite
• From Mar 26: The Illusionist, Never Let Me Go, Aftershock


NAMBA PARKS CINEMA

(Inside Namba Park 6F, 8F, 9F)
Tel: 06-6643-3215.
• ¥1,000: Wed for women, 1st of the month
• ¥1,200: after 8pm

• Now showing: The Chronicles of Narnia, Morning Glory, I Saw The Devil
• From Mar 5: The Tourist, Agora, Wasao
• From Mar 12: Tangled
• From Mar 19: Manzai Gang, The Rite
• From Mar 26: Aftershock, Jackass 3D, The Fighter


CINEM@RT

(Inside Big Step 4F)
Tel: 06-6282-0815.
• ¥1,000: Wed for women, Mon for men, 1st of the month

• Now showing: Mad Detective
• From Mar 5: Gonzo
• From Mar 12: Sekaino Dokonidemoarubasho, Au Revoir Taipei
• From Mar 26: Broken Blade


KYOTO

MOVIX KYOTO

(Nakagyo-ku, Shinkyogoku, Sanjyo-sagaru, Sakuranomachi 400banchi)
Tel: 075(254)3215
• ¥1,000: Wed for women, 1st & 20th of the month
• ¥1,200: after 8pm
http://www.movix.jp

• Now showing: The Chronicles of Narnia, Morning Glory
• From Mar 5: The Tourist, Agora, Wasao, Gundam Unicorn Episode 3
• From Mar 12: Tangled
• From Mar 19: Manzai Gang, The Rite
• From Mar 26: Aftershock, The Fighter, Jackass 3D


KYOTO CINEMA

(Cocon Torimaru Bldg. 3F, Shijo-Kudaru, Torimaru-dori.)
Tel: 075(353)4723
• ¥1,000: 1st of the month
• ¥1,300: Wed

• Now showing: Mrs.Palfrey At The Claremont, Secret Reunion
• From Mar 5: Monga, Nude, Food, Inc.
• From Mar 19: Hannali, Desert Flower
• From Mar 26: Soul Kitchen, The Holy Mountain


TOHO CINEMAS NIJO

(Inside BiVi Nijo 4F)
Tel: 075(813)2410
• ¥1,000: Wed for women, 1st & 14th of the month
• ¥1,200: after 8pm

• Now showing: The Chronicles of Narnia, Morning Glory, The Kings Speech
• From Mar 5: The Tourist, Doraemon 2011, Agora, Wasao
• From Mar 12: Tangled
• From Mar 18: True Grit
• From Mar 19: One Piece 3D-Toriko 3D, Manzai Gang, The Rite
• From Mar 26: The Illusionist, Never Let Me Go, Aftershock


KOBE

OS CINE MINT KOBE

(Inside MINT Kobe 9-12F)
Tel: 078-291-5330
• ¥1,000: Tue for women, 1st & 16th of the month
• ¥1,200: after 8pm

• Now showing: The Chronicles of Narnia
• From Mar 5: The Tourist, Doraemon 2011
• From Mar 12: Tangled
• From Mar 18: True Grit
• From Mar 19: IP Man 2, The Rite


KOBE KOKUSAI SHOCHIKU

(Chuo-ku, Goko-dori 8-1-6 Kobe Kokusai Kaikan, 11F)
Tel: 078-230-3580
• ¥1,000: Tue for women, 1st of the month
• ¥1,200: after 8pm
www.shochiku.co.jp/cinema/theaters

• Now showing: Morning Glory, I Saw The Devil
• From Mar 5: Agora
• From Mar 19: Manzai Gang
• From Mar 26: Aftershock


SANNOMIYA CINE PHONEIX

Tel: 078-392-0270
• ¥1,000: Tue for women, 1st of the month

• Now showing: Senkano Nakae, A Better Tomorrow
• From Mar 5: Wasao
• From Mar 19: Closer To Heaven
• From Mar 26: Shiniyukutsumatonotabiji


CINE MOSAIC HARBOR-LAND MOSAIC 3F

(Harborland Mosaic 3f) Tel: 078-360-0700
• ¥1,000: Tue for women, 1st & 16th of the month
• ¥1,200: after 8pm

• Now showing: The Chronicles of Narnia
• From Mar 5: Doraemon 2011
• From Mar 12: SP Episode VI


CINE LIBRE KOBE

(Chou-ku, Namihana-cho 59)
Tel: 078-334-2126
• ¥1,000: Tue for women, 1st & 15th of the month
http://www.nikkatsu.com

• Now showing: The Kings Speech, Sayonarano Tsubasa
• From Mar 5: Postia Pappi Jaakobille’
• From Mar 19: A serious Man
• From Mar 26: Chopin. Pragnienie Milosci


NARA

MOVIX KASHIHARA

Tel: 0744-21-1700
• ¥1,000: Wed for women, Thu for men, 1st & 20th of the month, 3rd Tue of the month
• ¥1,200: after 8pm

• Now showing : The Chronicles of Narnia, Morning Glory, I Saw The Devil
• From Mar 5: The Tourist, Doraemon 2011, Wasao
• From Mar 12: Tangled
• From Mar 19: Manzai Gang, The Rite
• From Mar 26: Aftershock, The Fighter


:: Online Articles

:: FEATURE

Local elections
The Kansai Unity Project

:: STREET

Fun world of cosplay

:: CULTURE

Snacking for success

:: OUTDOORS

Hash House Harriers

:: TRAVEL

Mongolian ger

:: BOOKS

Japanese for All Occasions

:: DRINK

Saint Patrick’s Day

:: Kansai Listings

:: Film

Best film & DVD listings

:: ART

Best exhibitions and listings

:: EVENTS

Best events and listings

:: LIVE

Best gigs and listings

:: CLUB

All the hot picks

:: FESTIVAL

Best festivals and listings

:: Also in this month's mag

:: PERFORMANCE

Gear: Non-verbal performance

:: STYLE

London turns Japanese

:: SUMO

Sumo in a fix

:: FOOTBALL

The new J-League season

:: NEWS

3D Kyoto

:: LINGO

Sporting talk

:: FLEA MARKET

Fun flea markets

:: CINEMA

Best cinema listings

:: DRINK

Cinquecento, Shinsaibashi

:: FOOD

Tewari, Sannomiya