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Interview: Makoto Nagahisa talks ‘And So We Put Goldfish in the Pool’

7 Dec , 2017  

Hieu Chau speaks with Makoto Nagahisa, the filmmaker behind one of this year’s most captivating short films: And So We Put Goldfish in The Pool.

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Review: Tokyo Vampire Hotel

22 Nov , 2017  

Sion Sono turns his nine-part vampire mini-series Tokyo Vampire Hotel for Amazon into a feature-length film, resulting in a messy experience.

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All About Coming-of-Age: The films of Yu Aoi

19 Nov , 2017  

Popular Japanese actress Yu Aoi has embodied the coming-of-age film for years. We look back at her best performances on screen and preview her new film.

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Reel Asian 2017 Review: Bad Genius

1 Nov , 2017  

The high-octaine thrills of a heist caper mixed into a high school setting results in one of the most fun films of the year. This is Thailand’s Bad Genius.

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Breaking the Curse: How Japan gets video game films right

7 Oct , 2017  

Video game films are cursed in the West but it’s a different story in Japan. How does Japan get it right and what makes these adaptations ‘good’?

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A Hell of a Guy: The mischievous legacy of Seijun Suzuki

22 Sep , 2017  

We pay tribute to the late Seijun Suzuki, whose brand of filmmaking has influenced countless others. Filmed in Ether is a proud media partner of JFF 2017.

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Sexism, Seifuku & Sisterhood: A closer look at Tokyo Idols and Japanese Girls Never Die

20 Sep , 2017  

We look at MIFF 2017 films Tokyo Idols and Japanese Girls Never Die and examine how they explore sexism in modern-day Japan through its pop culture.

Reviews

TIFF 2017 Review: The Third Murder

18 Sep , 2017  

Hirokazu Koreeda changes gears from family dramas to courtroom thriller with new film, The Third Murder. Does Koreeda’s style translate well in a new genre?

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KOFFIA 2017 Review: The Day After

29 Aug , 2017  

One of several Hong Sang-soo films to grace cinema screens in 2017, The Day After continues the filmmaker’s thematic reflection over infidelity.

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MIFF 2017 Review: Japanese Girls Never Die

21 Aug , 2017  

Daigo Matsui directs Yu Aoi in Japanese Girls Never Die, the filmmaker’s new and unapologetic assault on misogyny and the patriarchy in modern-day Japan.

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Interview: Director Bong Joon-ho talks ‘Okja’

27 Jun , 2017  

Brooke Heinz caught up with one of South Korea’s modern masters, director Bong Joon-ho, at Sydney Film Festival where they talked about his new film, Okja.

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Juzo Itami vs. The Yakuza

7 Jun , 2017  

Though known for his beloved ramen western Tampopo, Juzo Itami also made enemies after humiliating the yakuza on screen which may have led to his death.