Reviews

JFF 2016 Review: The Actor

20 Nov , 2016  

Rising female filmmaker, Satoko Yokohama, glimpses into the life of small-time actors in Japanese film and theatre with her slice-of-life film, The Actor.

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Review: Anti-Porno

19 Nov , 2016  

One of five films included in Nikkatsu’s Roman Porno Reboot Project, Sion Sono’s Anti-Porno is a straight-up surreal experience. Enter with caution!

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JFF 2016 Review: The Long Excuse

13 Nov , 2016  

A fading celebrity author copes through the loss of his wife by taking care of two kids in Miwa Nishikawa’s intriguing character study, The Long Excuse.

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JFF 2016 Review: The Top Secret: Murder in Mind

2 Nov , 2016  

Keishi Otomo, director of the Rurouni Kenshin trilogy, returns with his blockbuster blend of sci-fi, horror and crime in The Top Secret: Murder in Mind.

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Review: Shin Godzilla

18 Oct , 2016  

Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno restores the King of Monsters to its former glory with the politically intense Shin Godzilla!

Features

Teenage Girlhood in Asia: Our Huff and Puff Journey & What’s in the Darkness

14 Sep , 2016  

The world of the teenage girl is entirely its own and Asia’s appetite for complex films about teenage girlhood has given way to two great films this year.

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Review: Yakuza Apocalypse

25 Aug , 2016  

Takashi Miike’s wild Yakuza Apocalypse is a bizarre film that only escalates in ridiculousness the further it progresses. An oddity for sure.

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MIFF 2016 Review: Our Huff and Puff Journey

17 Aug , 2016  

Our Huff and Puff Journey continues Daigo Matsui’s brand of teenage pop filmmaking with a heartfelt story of fleeting youth and adventure at its core.

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MIFF 2016 Review: Happy Hour

16 Aug , 2016  

At five hours long, Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Happy Hour’s focus on women, communication and emotional intimacy makes it one of the year’s most intriguing films.

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MIFF 2016 Review: After the Storm

13 Aug , 2016  

Hirokazu Koreeda returns with After the Storm, a small yet intimate film about divorce that’s handled with a deeply humanistic grace.

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MIFF 2016 Review: Harmonium

9 Aug , 2016  

Koji Fukada’s Cannes award-winning Harmonium is a family drama centered on repentance and sin but where does it fit in Japan’s history of that genre?

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Revelation Film Fest 2016 Review: The Whispering Star

8 Jul , 2016  

In a departure from Sion Sono’s usual manic craziness, the Japanese director presents the minimal existential science fiction, The Whispering Star.