Reviews

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.

Features

Feature: Breaking Taboo – Japan’s Extreme Cinema of Transgression

12 Apr , 2016  

From pink films to something called ‘The Bloody Sword of the 99th Virgin’, we look at the evolution of the transgressive and extreme cinema of Japan.

Features

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.