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Feature: Why an Oscar win is important for ‘When Marnie Was There’

18 Feb , 2016  

If When Marnie Was There is to be Studio Ghibli’s final film, we look at why its potential win at the Oscars could be an important one.

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Review: The Boy and the Beast

15 Feb , 2016  

Mamoru Hosoda returns with his latest animated adventure, The Boy and the Beast, a film that’s equal parts martial arts film, coming-of-age and fantasy.

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Review: Evangelion 3.33: You Can (Not) Redo

7 Feb , 2016  

The latest entry in the popular and controversial Evangelion series – Evangelion 3.33: You Can (Not) Redo – is the best yet.

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JFF 2015 Review: Poison Berry in My Brain

4 Jan , 2016  

What if Inside Out was turned into a Japanese rom-com? The result: Poison Berry in My Brain, which follows a novelist who witnesses love at first sight.

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JFF2015 Review: Solomon’s Perjury (Suspicion & Judgement)

22 Dec , 2015  

Featuring an outstanding young cast, two-part film series Solomon’s Perjury follows an investigation into the suspicious death of a high school student.

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JFF2015 Review: Little Forest – Winter & Spring

17 Nov , 2015  

Cooking adventures continue in the final chapter of culinary coming-of-age tale Little Forest: Winter & Spring starring rising actress Ai Hashimoto.

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JFF2015 Review: Pieta in the Toilet

16 Nov , 2015  

Pieta in the Toilet follows a cancer-striken artist turned window washer as he comes to grips with his own mortality in his final summer.

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JFF2015 Review: When the Curtain Rises

15 Nov , 2015  

Featuring the music and idols of Japanese girl group Momoiro Clover Z, When the Curtain Rises is an optimistic slice of life high school drama.

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JFF 2015 Review: Tag

8 Nov , 2015  

It might not look like it but Sion Sono’s Tag is a pro-feminist work and one of the most bleak and bizarre coming-of-age films to come along in some time.

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Review: Audition

29 Oct , 2015  

A staple of Japanese horror, Takashi Miike’s Audition is a searing and unforgettable experience and one of the best Japanese films ever made.

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Review: The World of Kanako

29 Oct , 2015  

Travel down the rabbit hole and find out who Kanako really is in Tetsuya Nakashima’s problematic and deliriously crazed action-thriller The World of Kanako.

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Review: Like Father, Like Son

19 Oct , 2015  

Lives are changed in Hirokazu Koreeda’s touching family drama Like Father, Like Son which asks the question: who can we really consider as family?