Review: Grave of the Fireflies

3 Feb , 2015  

Isao Takahata’s heartwrenching war film, Grave of the Fireflies, is one of the best animated features ever produced. But what makes it so special?


News: Melbourne Cinémathèque unveils 2015 screenings

29 Jan , 2015  

Melbourne Cinémathèque’s 2015 screening schedule has been unveiled and reveals some interesting choices from China and Japan.


Review: Waves

28 Jan , 2015  

Set largely on a gorgeous isolated island retreat, indie Filipino drama, Waves, is a revealing study of a couple’s grasp on love and relationships.


Review: 20, Once Again

26 Jan , 2015  

20, Once Again is the Chinese remake of popular Korean comedy, Miss Granny which sees an elderly woman magically turn back into her young former self.


Review: The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

21 Jan , 2015  

Based on a 10th century Japanese fable, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya is one of Studio Ghibli’s final films and is a ravishingly artistic marvel.


Feature: Love & Perversion – Sion Sono’s ‘Hate’ Trilogy

19 Jan , 2015  

Love Exposure, Cold Fish and Guilty of Romance – Japanese auteur Sion Sono examines love, hate, religion, sex and violence in ‘Hate’ trilogy.


Review: Kamikaze Girls

14 Jan , 2015  

Tetsuya Nakashima’s 2004 film, Kamikaze Girls, is a hilarious and affecting story of two girls, their friendship and their fight against the world.


News: ACMI hosts Epic Intimacy: The Cinema of Zhang Yimou & Gong Li

13 Jan , 2015  

From Raise the Red Lantern to their latest collaboration together, Coming Home, ACMI will be soon be screening the films of Zhang Yimou and Gong Li.


Review: Hentai Kamen

9 Jan , 2015  

Japanese superhero comedy, Hentai Kamen, sees a young teenager fight crime by becoming a masked hero who wears women’s panties over his face. Intrigued?


Review: The Wind Rises

8 Jan , 2015  

Jiro dreams of flying in Hayao Miyazaki’s final film, The Wind Rises, a Studio Ghibli-produced biopic about the man who designed Japan’s kamikaze fighters.


Review: The Suspect

2 Jan , 2015  

The Suspect is another in a line of recent Korean action-espionage films to tackle the divide between North and South Korea. Is it as good as the others?


Review: The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

30 Dec , 2014  

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness is a documentary that charts the creative process behind Studio Ghibli’s masters, Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata.