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Isn’t Anyone Alive? (生けているものはいないのか)

Isn’t Anyone Alive? (生けているものはいないのか)

(Image source) On a bleak Sunday morning with the wind howling around my building and rain lashing against the windows, I got under a blanket and decided to watch Isn’t Anyone Alive (生けているものはいないのか / Ikiteiru mono wa inai no ka), a film directed by Gakuryu Ishii (石井 岳龍). Gakuryu Ishii, formerly known as Sogo Ishii (石井 聰互), is usually known for … Continue reading

The Railway Man

The Railway Man

I’ll be honest right from the start – there are three reasons I took myself to see The Railway Man at the cinema today: 1) The Japan connection (of course!) 2) Colin Firth (Mr Darcy has always been a guilty pleasure of mine) 3) Tanroh Ishida At the Japan Matsuri last year I became captivated … Continue reading

47 Ronin

47 Ronin

Do you know the story of the revenge of the Forty-seven Ronin (四十七士) which took place in Japan at the start of the eighteenth century? It’s not a story I know well, but I’ve spent the last few days reading various accounts of it. Why? Because Keanu Reeves’ new movie 47 Ronin came out on … Continue reading