Features

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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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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TJFF 2017 Review: Hime-Anole

7 Jul , 2017  

Hime-Anole’s flips the switch from slice-of-life romantic drama to violent and murderous thriller almost effortlessly and makes it work.

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TJFF 2017 Review: Over the Fence

4 Jul , 2017  

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.

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SFF 2017 Review: Rage

28 Jun , 2017  

Featuring a huge all-star cast of Japanese acting talent, Lee Sang-il’s Rage is more than just a multi-narrative murder mystery.

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TJFF 2017 Review: Birthday Wishes

21 Jun , 2017  

Actresses Aoi Miyazaki and Ai Hashimoto star as mother and daughter in Yasuhiro Yoshida’s (Leaving on the 15th Spring) new drama, Birthday Wishes.

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TJFF 2017 Review: In This Corner of the World

19 Jun , 2017  

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.

Features

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.

Reviews

Review: A Silent Voice

4 Apr , 2017  

Naoko Yamada, director of the K-On! anime series, brings to life acclaimed manga, A Silent Voice, an important film about acceptance and forgiveness.

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Review: Chang-ok’s Letter

1 Mar , 2017  

Japanese writer-director Shunji Iwai directs Bae Doo-na in a heartfelt four-part web series Chang-ok’s Letter, produced by Nescafe.

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JFF 2016 Review: Wolf Girl & Black Prince

13 Dec , 2016  

Ryuichi Hiroki directs Fumi Nikaido and Kento Yamazaki in the popular Japanese shonen manga adaptation, Wolf Girl & Black Prince.