Who doesn’t love a good blockbuster? Big budgets, thrilling action, and entertaining set pieces will continue to drive audiences to the movies, and for good reason. However, cinema art can also provide us with great moments that capture our curiosity and spark our imagination. In fact, some of the most critically acclaimed movies of all-time, and many Academy Award® winners, could be labeled as “cinema art.”
So, what is “cinema art?” Frequently produced and distributed outside the major studio system on a relatively small budget, cinema art movies typically handle serious matters in an artistic and often experimental way, geared towards more of a niche market rather than for a mass audience. In an artform where social realism takes precedence, on-location filming is favored over studio sets and sometimes amateur actors are even used.
Stretching back to the origin of movies, the genre has provided some of the most recognizable and talented filmmakers in cinema who have put their uncompromising visions onto the screen with a unique flare and style that is all their own. Foreign language movies are also included in this genre, recognizable by many of the same features with the addition of subtitles, although rarely referred to as “cinema art” in their respective countries. Instead, they are more commonly known as “auteur” or “national” cinema, the former originally coined in France to distinguish filmmakers of the French New Wave (a movement and form of European cinema art from the 1950s and 1960s).
Below are a few cinema art movies to keep an eye on this week as they debut in select Regal theatres nationwide:
TOHO Animation / Gkids / Fathom Events
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Runtime: 1hr 51min
Starring: Kenichi Matsuyama, Taichi Saotome, Masato Sakai, Ayane Sakura, Taiten Kusumoki, Ami Koshimizu
Directed By: Hiroyuki Imaishi
Written By: Kazuki Nakashima (original work), Kazuki Nakashima (script writer), Michael Schneider (script adaptation)
Thirty years after the appearance of the Burnish, a race of flame-wielding mutant beings who destroyed half of the world with fire, a new group of aggressive mutants emerge, calling themselves Mad Burnish. An epic battle ensues between Galo Thymos, a new member of the anti-Burnish rescue team, Burning Rescue, and Lio Fotia, the leader of Mad Burnish.
Promare marks the first feature-length collaboration from the acclaimed studio TRIGGER (KILL la KILL, Little Witch Academia) and director Hiroyuki Imaishi (GURREN LAGANN, KILL la KILL) and is. Promare, the spiritual successor to many of director Imaishi’s former works, uses a bold, cel-shaped visual style to tell the action-adventure story.
TOKYO GHOUL ‘S’
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Runtime: 1hr 41min
Starring: Masataka Kubota, Maika Yamamoto, Shota Matsuda
Directed By: Kazuhiko Hiramaki, Takuya Kawasaki
Written By: Sui Ishida (comic "Tôkyô Gûru"), Chûji Mikasano (screenplay)
Kaneki (Masataka Kubota), who is half human and half ghoul (man-eating monsters who must digest human flesh to survive), lives with fellow ghouls like Touka (Maika Yamamoto) as they all try to hide their identities from the police unit CCG (Commission of Counter Ghoul). A gourmet ghoul who loves to taste different “foods,” Shu Tsukiyama (Shota Matsuda), meets Kaneki and becomes obsessed with the half ghoul’s special scent. Kaneki must battle Tsukiyama for survival in the food chain of ghouls and humans.
Tokyo Ghoul ‘S’ is the sequel to the live action movie Tokyo Ghoul (2017), based on the manga that sold over 4.4 million copies. Masataka Kubota reprises his role as the main character, Kaneki, who became a fugitive from the law in the first movie after a ghoul attack rendered him half human and half ghoul.