After The Storm

After The Storm (Cert PG) 1 Disc (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 117 minutes approx. “I wonder why it is that men can't love the present. Either they just keep chasing whatever it is they've lost... or they keep dreaming beyond their reach.” Following the brief diversion from his favoured theme of father and son … Continue reading After The Storm

Our Little Sister

Our Little Sister (Cert PG) 1 Disc (Distributor: Curzon Artificial Eye) Running Time: 127 minutes approx. Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda seems to have found tremendous capital of late in relating stories dealing with divided families, from the whimsical I Wish to the touching Like Father, Like Son. Continuing this run of sublime and affecting outings is … Continue reading Our Little Sister

Like Father, Like Son

Like Father, Like Son (Cert PG) 1 Disc (Distributor: Arrow Films) Running time: 121 minutes approx. Successful architect Ryota Nonomiya (Masaharu Fukuyama) and his wife Midori (Machiko Ono) are registering their six-year-old son Keita (Keita Ninomiya) for primary school when an anomaly with Keita’s blood test raises some concern. The hospital then breaks the shocking … Continue reading Like Father, Like Son

I Wish (Kiseki)

  I Wish (Kiseki) Japan (2011) Dir. Hirokazu Koreeda After the breakdown of their parents’ marriage brothers Koichi (Koki Maeda) and Ryunosuke (Ohshirô Maeda) now live apart from each other. Koichi lives with his mother Nozomi (Nene Ohtsuka) and his grandparents (Isao Hashizume and Kirin Kiki) in Kagoshima, where a nearby volcano regularly erupts leaving … Continue reading I Wish (Kiseki)

Air Doll

Air Doll (Cert 18) 1 Disc (Distributor: Matchbox) Running Time: 116 minutes approx A lonely café worker Hideo (Itsuji Itao) has a lifelike sex doll he has named Nozomi, which he dresses and treats like a real woman. One morning after Hideo leaves for work Nozomi (Bae Doona) magically comes to life, dresses herself in … Continue reading Air Doll