The Forest Of Love

The Forest Of Love Japan (2019) Dir. Sion Sono “Be careful what you wish for as you just might get it” is an old adage that applies to the latest film from provocative Japanese auteur Sion Sono on two levels - firstly, in regard to the plot of this sprawling epic and secondly, referring to … Continue reading The Forest Of Love


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

Love And Other Cults

Love And Other Cults (Cert 18) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray combo (Distributor: Third Window Films) Running Time: 96 minutes approx. Loosely based on the true story of an unnamed AV actress, Love And Other Cults could cheekily be summarised as Sion Sono’s Love Exposure condensed from 4 hours to 96 minutes. But Eiji Uchida, noted for … Continue reading Love And Other Cults

Lowlife Love

Lowlife Love (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Third Window Films) Running Time: 111 minutes approx. It might not be intentional but Japanese writer-director Eiji Uchida might have made a film which actively dissuades people from entering the film industry, at least in his native Japan, although that is not to dismiss the fact that practices … Continue reading Lowlife Love

The Land of Hope (Kibô no kuni)

Land Of Hope (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Third Window Films) Running Time: 134 minutes approx. In a small rural residential area, Yasuhiko Ono (Isao Natsuyagi) and his wife Chieko (Naoko Otani) run a small dairy farm alongside neighbours Ken Suzuki (Denden), his wife Meiko (Mariko Tsutsui), son Mitsuru (Yutaka Shimizu) and his girlfriend Yoko … Continue reading The Land of Hope (Kibô no kuni)


Himizu (Cert 18) 2 Discs (Distributor: Third Window Films) Running Time: 129 minutes approx. Fourteen-year-old Yuichi Sumida (Shota Sometani) is one of the fortunate survivors of the Japanese tsunami in 2011, although he and his parents now live in the small boathouse shack from which they run their boat rental service near a lake. Yuichi’s … Continue reading Himizu