Nikkatsu, the venerable Japanese studio, seems to be on a licensing binge lately. The latest titles to appear are “Pigs and Battleships,” “The Instect Woman” and “Intentions of Murder,” featured in Criterion’s Shohei Imamura box set, and two campy action pictures, Seijun Suzuku’s campy “Detective Bureau 2-3″ and Motumu Ida’s “3 Seconds before Explosion,” both from Kino. Reviews here.
IndieWire has the list of the Cannes award winners, lead by Michael Haneke’s “The White Ribbon.” I thought we were through with that guy after his English language remake of “Funny Games” gave the game away, but apparently Haneke’s brand of finger-wagging sensationalism still wows ‘em on the festival circuit.
In the meantime, Lars von Trier’s “Antichrist” has won an “anti-prize” from the high-minded Ecumenical Jury, suggesting that the great provocateur has once again completely succeeded in his intentions. Alas, IFC has announced that they’ll be issuing a censored cut — what von Trier’s reliably sardonic producer, Peter Aalbaeck Jensen, has referred to as “the Catholic version” — when the film gets to the states this fall.
UPDATE: I’ve heard from IFC’s Ryan Werner, who says that, in regards to “Antichrist,” “In theaters, we will release the Cannes version and the TV version is under discussion not only in American but around the world. Anything done will involve LVT’s supervision.”