20 Sep , 2017 Natalie Ng
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.
18 Sep , 2017 Aidan Djabarov
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?
21 Aug , 2017 Hieu Chau
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.
7 Jul , 2017 Brooke Heinz
Hime-Anole’s flips the switch from slice-of-life romantic drama to violent and murderous thriller almost effortlessly and makes it work.
4 Jul , 2017 Aidan Djabarov
Nobuhiro Yamashita’s latest film, Over The Fence, is a gentle exploration into the rarely seen lives of people living on the fringes of Japanese society.
28 Jun , 2017 Brooke Heinz
Featuring a huge all-star cast of Japanese acting talent, Lee Sang-il’s Rage is more than just a multi-narrative murder mystery.
21 Jun , 2017 Aidan Djabarov
Actresses Aoi Miyazaki and Ai Hashimoto star as mother and daughter in Yasuhiro Yoshida’s (Leaving on the 15th Spring) new drama, Birthday Wishes.
19 Jun , 2017 Aidan Djabarov
Like Grave of the Fireflies, In this Corner of the World is Sunao Katabuchi’s heartbreaking tale of the sacrifices made by Japanese civilians during WW2.
7 Jun , 2017 Aidan Djabarov
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.
4 Apr , 2017 Natalie Ng
Naoko Yamada, director of the K-On! anime series, brings to life acclaimed manga, A Silent Voice, an important film about acceptance and forgiveness.
1 Mar , 2017 Hieu Chau
Japanese writer-director Shunji Iwai directs Bae Doo-na in a heartfelt four-part web series Chang-ok’s Letter, produced by Nescafe.
13 Dec , 2016 Theodora Vatubua
Ryuichi Hiroki directs Fumi Nikaido and Kento Yamazaki in the popular Japanese shonen manga adaptation, Wolf Girl & Black Prince.