There’s something to be said about actress and action specialist Ayane’s debut in Reiki Tsuno’s Mad Cats.
I’ve been living under a rock of immense work and with very little help, so I completely missed the announcement just over a month ago when Reiki Tsuno’s action comedy, Mad Cats, was acquired by Cineverse to begin streaming exclusively on Midnight Pulp in late 2023.
The newest official poster and trailer assets are out for Mad Cats, the latest from writer/director Reiki Tsuno and starring Sho Mineo and debut actress and rising action talent, Ayane. The film is currently making the international festival rounds following its world premiere at Slamdance earlier this year and is poised for a Japan release in September.
International sales agent Third Window Films has affirmed its next steps forward with Reiki Tsuno’s fantastically entertaining action comedy adventure thriller, Mad Cats. The film is currently poised to screen for the White Raven Competition of the 41st BIFFF in Brussels next month. Further festival dates and commercial release announcements remain pending as well, and those updates can’t come soon enough.
Slamdance 2023 Review: Reiki Tsuno’s MAD CATS, An Endearing Road Adventure That Hails The Arrival Of A New Martial Arts Action Star
If you regularly take in Asian movies, then you can certainly understand director Reiki Tsuno’s logic and motivation of late. Citing a need for Japanese filmgoing audiences to enjoy “fun movies that make you feel happy,” it comes as no surprise that he would create a film that centers its narrative on one of the most enigmatic yet culturally beloved domestic mammals, particularly in Japan. What’s impressive, of course, is the degree to which Tsuno pulls this feat off in his feature directorial debut, Mad Cats, which screens for Slamdance this weekend.
“I had wondered why Japanese movies are so sad, serious, and depressing most of the time. I came to think that it’s the budget. Budgets for indie movies in Japan are actually much smaller than ones in overseas. It is very difficult to make something exciting and flashy because they simply cost a lot.I wanted to change that…”
The past few years have been electric for director Reiki Tsuno and producer Daisuke Urano. After successfully gaining some momentum in the horror arena with ALTER’s online release of Tsuno’s 2020 short, Crying B*tch, his efforts soon turned to rev up his feature debut with action horror comedy, Mad Cats, starring Sho Mineo, Yuya Matsuura, So Yamanaka, and action actress Ayane, and featuring action sequences by the famous Japan Action Club.