In the latest issue of Kinema Junpo, Japan’s most venerable film magazine, you can read a lengthy tribute to Gaga, the dogged independent movie distributor that’s marking its 30th anniversary this year. The occasion is certainly worth commemorating: This is the company that released “Seven,” “Talk to Her,” “The Artist” and “12 Years a Slave” in Japan, not to mention all of Hirokazu Koreeda’s recent films. In a movie market strewn with casualties, it’s a genuine survivor.
Alas, the film splashed across Kinema Junpo’s front cover hails from an altogether less exalted pedigree. Gaga may be synonymous with prestigious Oscar bait, but it is also the distributor of C-grade schlock, such as “Pompei,” “Last Knights” and now, just in time to piddle in the birthday punch, “Gods of Egypt.”
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