Movie Review – Tezuka’s Barbara

Tezuka’s Barbara (Cert 18) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray Combo (Distributor: Third Window Films) Running Time: 100 minutes approx. Release Date – June 28th “A woman like the city’s excrement from the millions of people that it consumed and digested. That was Barbara.” Not the most flattering way to describe the woman who is about to change … Continue reading Movie Review – Tezuka’s Barbara

Movie Review – Little Miss Period (Seiri-chan)

Little Miss Period (Seiri-chan)  Japan (2019) Dir. Shunsuke Shinada Menstruation. When was the last time you saw a film on this subject? Not just featuring a scene involving it, I mean a whole film? Probably never? Well, if there is one country we can rely on to break this taboo it is of course Japan! … Continue reading Movie Review – Little Miss Period (Seiri-chan)

Someone (Nanimono)

Someone (Nanimono) Japan (2016) Dir. Daisuke Miura For all their idiosyncrasies there is no denying the Japanese are an industrious lot; their indomitable work ethic is legendary. But it has also given rise to an unfortunate and avoidable modern phenomenon “death by overwork”. Quite why anyone would willingly slog their guts out for a spot … Continue reading Someone (Nanimono)

Hibi Rock: Puke Afro And The Pop Star

Hibi Rock: Puke Afro And The Pop Star Japan (2014) Dir. Yu Irie Kids and their music dreams, a popular concept to explore in the arts, quite often a chance to either indulge in the tawdry excesses of chasing the rock’n’roll dream or to satirise the music industry in the process. This film is a … Continue reading Hibi Rock: Puke Afro And The Pop Star

Au revoir l’été (Hotori no sakuko)

Au revoir l'été (Hotori no sakuko) Japan (2014) Dir. Kôji Fukada A Japanese film with a French title conjures up a number of possibilities of what it could entail, yet conversely the content of a French film with a Japanese title would be blindingly obvious. In this instance we are given two clues as Au … Continue reading Au revoir l’été (Hotori no sakuko)

My Man (Watashi no otoko)

My Man (Watashi no otoko) Japan (2014) Dir. Kazuyoshi Kumakiri In this day and age it seems that just about every taboo has been broken in film yet some still have the power to engender concern and appal. My Man is a film which explores one such taboo but manages to humanise it as much … Continue reading My Man (Watashi no otoko)

The World Of Kanako (Kawaki)

The World Of Kanako (Kawaki) Japan (2014) Dir. Tetsuya Nakashima This is not an easy film to watch. I appreciate that is not the first thing one wants to read in a review but it has to be said. Tetsuya Nakashima has left the colourful bubblegum world of his breakthrough hit Kamikaze Girls behind in … Continue reading The World Of Kanako (Kawaki)

Lesson Of Evil

Lesson Of Evil (Cert 18) 1 Disc (Distributor: Third Window Films) Running Time: 129 minutes approx. When the novel Aku no Kyoten by Yusuke Kishi – of recent anime hit From The New World fame – was published in 2010 it caused some consternation. So, like a moth to a flame prolific and controversial in … Continue reading Lesson Of Evil

Why Don’t You Play In Hell? (Jigoku de naze warui)

Why Don't You Play In Hell? (Jigoku de naze warui) Japan (2013) Dir. Sion Sono You’re going to have to bear with me on this one because the plot to Sion Sono’s latest cinematic subversion is not that easy to simplify, at least not without giving away too much - or too little… A group … Continue reading Why Don’t You Play In Hell? (Jigoku de naze warui)

Himizu

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