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Movie Review: A Silent Voice (聲の形)

Movie Review: A Silent Voice (聲の形)

Based on a popular manga comic, Japanese director Naoko Yamada’s (K-On) affecting drama about the tempestuous relationship between a boy who hears and a girl who doesn’t; this is a beautiful Japanese animation which has themes around living as a deaf person at its core. When Shoko, a young deaf student, transfers to a new elementary … Continue reading

Movie Review: Kubo & The Two Strings

Movie Review: Kubo & The Two Strings

“If you must blink, do it now…” What an opening line! I was captivated from the moment the film started, and Kubo & The Two Strings is without a doubt the best animated film I’ve seen this year, and in a long time. Kubo & The Two Strings is not a Japanese film, it’s an … 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

When Marnie Was There (思い出のマーニー)

When Marnie Was There (思い出のマーニー)

Yesterday I went to see the latest Studio Ghibli film, When Marnie Was There (思い出のマーニー) (2014), directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (米林 宏昌). Yonebayashi also directed the Studio Ghibli film Arrietty (借りぐらしのアリエッティ) (one of my favourites), and both films are based on British books. When Marnie Was There is based on the children’s book of the … Continue reading

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016: Pecoross’ Mother and Her Days (ペコロスの母に会いに行く)

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016: Pecoross’ Mother and Her Days (ペコロスの母に会いに行く)

Yesterday I went to see the last of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme films at the Watershed: Pecoross’ Mother and Her Days (ペコロスの母に会いに行く). Pecoross’ Mother and Her Days was directed by Azuma Morisaki (森崎 東) and based on a manga by Yuichi Okano. (Image source) Drawing on social issues in Japan surrounding it’s ageing population and based … Continue reading

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016: Noriben – The Recipe For Fortune (のんちゃんのり弁)

Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2016: Noriben – The Recipe For Fortune (のんちゃんのり弁)

Yesterday I went to see another of the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme films at the Watershed, Noriben – The Recipe For Fortune (のんちゃんのり弁). (Image source) Guaranteed to whet your appetite, this heartfelt human drama traces a single mother’s journey to independence after an appetising revelation sees her decide to pursue the opening of her own bento shop. … Continue reading

Kumiko The Treasure Hunter – A Zellner Bros. Adventure

Kumiko The Treasure Hunter – A Zellner Bros. Adventure

Kumiko The Treasure Hunter (トレジャーハンター・クミコ) (2014), starring Rinko Kikuchi (菊地 凛子), written by David and Nathan Zellner and directed by David Zellner, is an absolute masterpiece. See for yourself: Kumiko The Treasure Hunter is a brilliantly quirky, highly original adventure film about a girl obsessed with finding the treasure she’s seen buried in the 1996 … Continue reading