She Has A Name

She Has A Name Canada (2016) Dirs. Daniel Kooman & Matthew Kooman The UN estimates over 2 million children a year are forced in sexual slavery on a global scale, with only 1% of them rescued. This terrifying statistic is shared at the end of this upsetting drama that was made not only to raise … Continue reading She Has A Name

Starfish Hotel

Starfish Hotel Japan (2006) Dir. John Williams No, not that John Williams, or the other one either. This John Williams is a Welsh born Japanese resident, making films just as the Japanese do which is largely unheard of. Starfish Hotel is his second “Japanese” film and my first taste of his work, so I’m curious … Continue reading Starfish Hotel

Red Beard (Akahige)

Red Beard (Akahige) Japan (1965) Dir. Akira Kurosawa Talk about misleading titles; I was expecting this to be a film about a pirate or maybe a savage samurai since this is a Kurosawa/Mifune collaboration. Instead, the eponymous character of this near three-hour epic is in fact a dedicated country doctor in Edo era Japan - … Continue reading Red Beard (Akahige)

Sword Master

Sword Master (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Kaleidoscope Entertainment) Running Time: 108 minutes approx. Director Derek Yee might be more known for his gritty thrillers so a wu xia film seems to be out of his comfort zone. But as Yee’s history reveals that he started out as an actor in classic Shaw Brothers … Continue reading Sword Master