Reviews

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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Review: Tokyo Idols

10 Nov , 2017  

Kyoko Miyake’s award-winning documentary, Tokyo Idols, offers unique insight into Japan’s pop idol culture and critiques its many problems.

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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.

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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.