L’Amant Double

L'Amant Double France/Belgium (2017) Dir. François Ozon When a director’s reputation precedes them by a vast distance, reading the summary of their latest film fills you with either a cold dread or perverse excitement. And when that director is maverick auteur François Ozon and one early shot is an extreme close up of lady parts … Continue reading L’Amant Double

A Thousand And One Nights (Sen’ya ichiya monogatari)

A Thousand And One Nights (Sen'ya ichiya monogatari) Japan (1969) Dir. Eiichi Yamamoto Recently reviewed on this site was Cleopatra, the racy, experimental animation from manga legend Osamu Tezuka’s studio Mushi Productions’ Animerama series. A year earlier, A Thousand and One Nights was the first film in this series and the first X-rated animated film … Continue reading A Thousand And One Nights (Sen’ya ichiya monogatari)

Cleopatra (Kureopatora)

Cleopatra (Kureopatora) Japan (1970) Dir. Osamu Tezuka & Eiichi Yamamoto Osamu Tezuka is known as the Godfather of Manga, boasting a prolific 40 year career that spawned such hugely influential works like the seminal Astro Boy. Yet, despite his cheery, avuncular appearance and manga designed to appeal to all ages, Tezuka had a thing for … Continue reading Cleopatra (Kureopatora)

Belladonna Of Sadness (Kanashimi no Beradonna)

Belladonna Of Sadness (Kanashimi no Beradonna) Japan (1973) Dir. Eiichi Yamamoto Aesthetically there is little to suggest that this baffling slice of psychedelic erotica can be classified as anime. But it is part of a trilogy involving the godfather of anime and manga Osamu Tezuka, so who are we to argue? Based loosely on the … Continue reading Belladonna Of Sadness (Kanashimi no Beradonna)

Q (aka Desire)

Q (aka Desire) France (2011) Dir. Laurent Bouhnik If there is one topic in film which will attract one audience and repel another at the same time it is sex. And while it is one thing to be a bit steamy and raunchy in mainstream cinema, it is another to be borderline pornographic, ever if … Continue reading Q (aka Desire)

The Duke Of Burgundy

The Duke Of Burgundy UK (2015) Dir. Peter Strickland The mark of a good filmmaker is often revealed in their versatility and range of styles, themes and genres they tackle. British director Peter Strickland is only three films into his career yet they are all distinctly different. Following his debut, the rural Romanian set Katalin … Continue reading The Duke Of Burgundy

In My End Is My Beginning (Kkotgwa sijak)

In My End Is My Beginning (Kkotgwa sijak) Korea (2013) Dir. Min Kyu-dong Question: When is new film not a new film? Answer: When it is an extended version of a short film which has already been sitting on the shelf for four years. That is the basic deal behind this pseudo-erotic melodrama from Korean … Continue reading In My End Is My Beginning (Kkotgwa sijak)