Fugue (Fuga)

Fugue (Fuga) Poland (2018) Dir. Agnieszka Smoczynska Memories are important to us all. To lose them is tragic but an unfortunate inevitability as we get older, or suffer temporary memory loss caused by an accident or trauma. But might there be a situation where being free of bad memories is a positive? One morning in … Continue reading Fugue (Fuga)

The Witch: Part 1 – The Subversion (Manyeo)

The Witch: Part 1 - The Subversion (Manyeo) Korea (2018) Dir. Park Hoon-Jung Growing up is hard at the best of times, especially when we hit our teens and begin to develop our identities that will take us into adulthood. Now imagine that you discover one day that your life has been a lie - … Continue reading The Witch: Part 1 – The Subversion (Manyeo)

Be With You (Jigeum Mannareo Gabmida)

Be With You (Jigeum Mannareo Gabmida) Korea (2018) Dir. Lee Jang-Hoon When we make promises, we try to keep them in the realms of achievability especially when they are made to the young. Childish innocence however is a robust and dogmatic form of faith that will not be hindered in expecting one’s word to be … Continue reading Be With You (Jigeum Mannareo Gabmida)

Cure

Cure Japan (1997) Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa Over the past 20 years, Asian cinema has proven a dab hand at psychological horror, while Hollywood was already making their own in the guise of serial killer flicks, with the likes of Silence Of The Lambs getting things off to a notorious start. A year before Ringu blew … Continue reading Cure

A Matter Of Interpretation (Ggumboda haemong)

A Matter Of Interpretation (Ggumboda haemong) Korea (2014) Dir. Lee Kwang-Kuk “I had a strange but lovely time” Whilst I didn’t fully get what was going on this elliptical tale of dreams, their meanings and how they can influence our lives the above line spoken within is a somewhat accurate way of summing up my … Continue reading A Matter Of Interpretation (Ggumboda haemong)

Norn9 Collection

Norn9 Collection (Cert 12) 3 Discs DVD / 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 296 minutes approx. In an ideal world just using the phrase “Based on a video game” should suffice in letting you dear readers know exactly what to expect from an anime series. However, in the case of Norn9, a little … Continue reading Norn9 Collection

Cowboy Bebop The Movie

Cowboy Bebop The Movie (Cert 12) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray Combo (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 115 minutes approx. The first of a trio of re-issues from Manga Entertainment of classic anime films on Blu-ray comes from one of the most popular series ever - Cowboy Bebop! The comic sci-fi action adventures of bounty hunter Spike … Continue reading Cowboy Bebop The Movie

Beyond The Boundary The Movie: I’ll Be Here

Beyond The Boundary The Movie: I'll Be Here Past Chapter/Future Arc (Cert 12) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray Combo (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 83 minutes approx. / 92 minutes approx. Unless you have only watched it recently you’ll have to cast your mind back to January 2016 to when Beyond The Boundary appeared on UK shores, the … Continue reading Beyond The Boundary The Movie: I’ll Be Here

Headshot

Headshot (Cert 18) 1 Disc (Distributor: Arrow Video) Running Time: 118 minutes approx. Recently I reviewed the 2014 Chilean action film Redeemer and commented on how its violence was more gory than most horror films. Trust the Indonesians to make a film that is even more grisly than that! A man is washed up by … Continue reading Headshot

Remember You (Nareul Itjimarayo)

Remember You (Nareul Itjimarayo) Korea (2016) Dir. Lee Yoon-Jung Memories, good and bad, need to be held on to - they make up a part of who we are. Losing them could spell disaster, but is it ever justified withholding a particularly memory, no matter how devastating it might be, from someone who has amnesia? … Continue reading Remember You (Nareul Itjimarayo)