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Movie Review: You Name (君の名は)

Movie Review: You Name (君の名は)

Your Name (Kimi no Na wa / 君の名は) is honestly one of the best Japanese movies I’ve seen – ever. It is engaging, funny, clever, interesting and brilliantly animated – just about everything you could want from a film. It’s no wonder writer and director Makoto Shinkai (新海 誠) has been dubbed the new Miyazaki … Continue reading

Sweet Bean (あん) – A Movie by Naomi Kawase

Sweet Bean (あん) – A Movie by Naomi Kawase

Billed as an “ode to the simple joys in life”, Sweet Bean (あん) directed by Naomi Kawase (河瀨直美) really is just that, and it’s lovely. Sweet Bean is set in a small-town dorayaki (どら焼き) (red-bean pancake) shop run by a grumpy middle-aged man (Sentaro, played by the rather handsome Masatoshi Nagase / 永瀬 正敏) who … Continue reading

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

East Side Stories: Love Strikes! (モテキ)

East Side Stories: Love Strikes! (モテキ)

Love Strikes! (モテキ / Moteki) (2011) Director: Hitoshi One Cast: Mirai Moriyama, Masami Nagasawa, Kumiko Aso, Riisa Naka, Yoko Maki There really is nothing like losing yourself in a movie for a couple of hours, and that’s exactly what I did this afternoon. I went to the Watershed in Bristol to see another of the Japan Foundation’s Touring Film Programme films – … Continue reading

East Side Stories: Otakus in Love (恋の門)

East Side Stories: Otakus in Love (恋の門)

Otakus in Love (恋の門 / Koi no Mon) (2004) Director: Suzuki Matsuo Cast: Ryuhei Matsuda, Wakana Sakai, Suzuki Matsuo, Kiyoshiro Imawano, Hijiri Kojima The second of today’s movies was Otakus in Love (恋の門 / Koi no Mon), based on a manga by Jun Hanyunyuu. As I came out of the cinema I heard a fellow … Continue reading

East Side Stories: Your Friends (きみの友だち)

East Side Stories: Your Friends (きみの友だち)

Your Friends (きみの友だち / Kimi no Tomodachi), 2008 Director: Ryuichi Hiroki Cast: Anna Ishibashi, Ayu Kitaura, Yuriko Yoshitaka, Seiji Fukushi, Naoyuki Morita Today has been ‘cinema Saturday’ for me. This afternoon I went to the Watershed to see another of the Japanese films in the Japan Foundation’s East Side Stories series, and then one more … Continue reading

East Side Stories: Parade (パレード)

East Side Stories: Parade (パレード)

Parade (パレード / Paredo) (2009) Director: Isao Yukisada Cast: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Karina, Shihori Kanjiya, Kento Hayashi, Keisuke Koide I went to see the film Parade (based on the novel of the same name by Shuichi Yoshida) at the Watershed in Bristol with some colleagues after work on Tuesday and have been mulling it over ever since. It’s quite difficult to talk about … Continue reading

The Woodsman & the Rain – A film by Shuichi Okita

The Woodsman & the Rain – A film by Shuichi Okita

The Woodsman & the Rain (Kitsutsuki to Ame / キツツキと雨), directed and written by Shuichi Okita (screenplay by Fumio Moriya) is a heart-warming and funny tale of an unlikely friendship. When we first see 60 -year old Katsu (played by Koji Yakusho) he is hard at work felling trees in the small, peaceful mountain village where he lives … Continue reading

DVD release: Crime or Punishment?!?

DVD release: Crime or Punishment?!?

Tomorrow, 14th May, sees the UK DVD release of Japanese film Crime or Punishment?!?, written and directed by Keralino Sandorovich. Born Kazumi Kobayashi, this writer/director shows his surreal humour even through his Russian-sounding pen-name. Sandorovich is a big fan of German writer Franz Kafka, and admits that his writing of Crime or Punishment?!? has been influenced by … Continue reading

Kamikaze Girls

Recently, I got into a conversation with a nice bloke from Third Window Films. I explained that, when it came to Japanese movies, I really only knew Ghibli movies. I felt like it was time for something new, but I had no idea where to begin. He recommended Kamikaze Girls. (Amazon) That was probably the … Continue reading