February 16th, 2014

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Haru Kuroki wins best actress award at Berlin film festival


Source : SHOCHIKUch

Japanese actress Haru Kuroki won the Silver Bear for best actress at the 64th Berlin International Festival on Saturday for her part in director Yoji Yamada's "The Little House."

"I never thought I'd be able to appear on this stage," Kuroki said at the award ceremony. "I owe director Yamada, who made the great movie."

The film, based on the namesake novel by Kyoko Nakajima, depicts a furtive love affair of the wife in a bourgeoisie family set in Tokyo in the 1940s. Kuroki plays Take, the housemaid loyal to the wife.

Source : Kyodo , newsonjapan

fade's Cross Road PV + New Album!

Japanese rock band fade will be releasing their major debut album under UNIVERSAL MUSIC's Thunderball667 label on 26 Feb 2014. The album, "Crossroad~History of fade" is a mix of old and new, with a track list containing previously released songs and three new tracks. The band held a poll for fans to vote what tracks they wanted to see on the new album.

Regular Edition 2500yen
Deluxe Edition 3600yen
Available on Amazon, Yesasia and CDJapan

The deluxe edition contains bonus cover track 'Livin' on a Prayer' and a DVD containing the PVs for leading track 'Cross Road' as well as the Making Of. fade worked with Tooru Yoshida and Silent Hill soundtrack composer Akira Yamaoka on the album, and mixing was done in LA with Jay Baumgardner.

A digital 'Cross Road' EP will also be released on the same day via iTunes etc. and it contains three tracks.

Come March, the band will kick off their album release tour, playing in Nagoya, Osaka and Tokyo.

Watch the PV of 'Cross Road' below, released in two versions, English and Japanese.



English (Short version)


Japanese (Short version)






Sources: UNIVERSAL MUSIC fade page, fadefamily LJ Community, fade OHP


I'm excited about the track Akira Yamaoka produced, "One Shot Dealer", but I wish there were more new tracks on the album. It's been a long 12 years for the band and they're finally making their (long overdue IMO) major debut!