Movie Review – The Invisible Man vs. The Human Fly (Tômei ningen to hae otoko)

The Invisible Man vs. The Human Fly (Tômei ningen to hae otoko) Japan (1957) Dir. Mitsuo Murayama We can only presume Daiei Film’s first foray into sci-fi (and indeed Japanese cinema’s first entry into this genre) was such a huge success that they had to wait eight years before attempting a sequel. Or maybe it … Continue reading Movie Review – The Invisible Man vs. The Human Fly (Tômei ningen to hae otoko)

Movie Review – Giants & Toys

Giants & Toys (Cert 12) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Video) Running Time: 95 minutes approx. Release Date – May 10th Sex sells, we all know that but if that isn’t an acceptable route to take then how about using a celebrity instead? And if you can’t get a celebrity to sell you products then … Continue reading Movie Review – Giants & Toys

Anime Review – Chidori RSC Collection

Chidori RSC Collection (Cert 15) 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 297 minutes approx. Release Date: April 12th Japanese high schools must be the most active places on earth even for those with the most obscure interests. As we have seen via anime, they have after school clubs for chess, music, sports, tea drinking, … Continue reading Anime Review – Chidori RSC Collection

Movie Review – Love Letter

Love Letter Japan (1995) Dir. Shunji Iwai Unisex names are rare but not unusual - men and women can be named Tony/Toni, Leslie/Lesley, or more annoying, Jamie/Jamie. Less likely is both names shared by both genders - for example, a male and female Leslie Howard or Tony Hart. How confusing would that be? Hiroko Watanabe … Continue reading Movie Review – Love Letter

Movie Review – The Burning Buddha Man (Moeru butsuzô ningen)

The Burning Buddha Man (Moeru butsuzô ningen) Japan (2013) Dir. Ujicha “There are many strange things happening in this world”, says the young lady who stars in the live action bookends of this Gekimation opus, and most of these strange things happen in this film! In a family run temple in Kyoto, the current residents … Continue reading Movie Review – The Burning Buddha Man (Moeru butsuzô ningen)

Anime Review – Children Of The Sea

Children Of The Sea (Cert PG) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray - 2 Discs Ltd Ed Combo (Distributor: Anime Ltd) Running time: 111 minutes approx. Release Date: March 8th Yes, I know there is a Dio-era Black Sabbath song of the same name so to save anyone time, it does not appear anywhere in this film, although … Continue reading Anime Review – Children Of The Sea

Movie Review – Violence Voyager (Baiorensu boijâ)

Violence Voyager (Baiorensu boijâ) Japan (2018) Dir. Ujicha If you go down to the woods today, you won’t find teddy bears having a picnic; instead something far more sinister awaits, making the surreal sight of stuffed toys feasting on sandwiches and cakes a positive relief compared to what else is out there. American boy Bobby … Continue reading Movie Review – Violence Voyager (Baiorensu boijâ)

Anime Review – Colorful (Karafuru)

Colorful (Karafuru) Japan (2010) Dir. Keiichi Hara According to Monty Python’s classic ditty Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life death is the final word - but what if it isn’t? One of life’s greatest mysteries is what happens to us once we pass on, whether there is an afterlife - heaven or hell … Continue reading Anime Review – Colorful (Karafuru)

Anime Review – Summer Days With Coo

Summer Days With Coo (Kappa no Kū to Natsuyasumi) Japan (2007) Dir. Keiichi Hara It was a few million years ago when humans took over the planet and made it their own. Unable to communicate with the animals that existed at the time this was something of a hostile takeover. Have you ever wondered, if … Continue reading Anime Review – Summer Days With Coo

Movie Review – Mrs. Noisy

Mrs. Noisy Japan (2020) Dir. Chihiro Amano There are two sides to every story. Before you make up your mind about who is in the right or in the wrong, it is vital to have all the facts and information at your disposal. The consequences for taking everything at face value could be far-reaching, harmful, … Continue reading Movie Review – Mrs. Noisy