Movie Review – A Girl Missing (Yokogao)

A Girl Missing (Yokogao) Japan (2019) Dir. Kôji Fukada What goes around, comes around is a famous expression to warn people to be conscious of the repercussions of their actions. It’s a more polite way of saying “karma is a bitch” but this implies comeuppance is a one-way street. Sometimes, this isn’t always the case. … Continue reading Movie Review – A Girl Missing (Yokogao)

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)

Anime Review – Human Lost

Human Lost (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 109 minutes approx. Release Date: February 25th “For humans to be humans we need death” Strap yourselves in folks as we have another distinctly Japanese take on the existential dichotomy of humanity vs. technology - i.e. a convoluted sci-fi yarn set in a … Continue reading Anime Review – Human Lost

Movie Review – Me & My Brother’s Mistress (Orokamono)

Me & My Brother’s Mistress (Orokamono) Japan (2019) Dirs. Takashi Haga & Sho Suzuki When someone has an extra-marital affair who is to blame? It seems obvious some is apportioned, but it is mostly aimed at the “other woman” whilst the equally culpable cheating man sometimes gets off comparatively lightly. Is this fair? Yoko (Nanami … Continue reading Movie Review – Me & My Brother’s Mistress (Orokamono)

Anime Review – Hello World

Hello World Japan (2019) Dir. Tomohiko Ito We would all like to go back in time and change something in our pasts but we can’t, and even if we could, there are infinite possibilities to the scope of irreparable damage this could cause for us personally and the world around us. Yet, we never learn. … Continue reading Anime Review – Hello World

Movie Review – Miyamoto aka From Miyamoto to You (Miyamoto kara Kimi e)

  Miyamoto aka From Miyamoto to You (Miyamoto kara Kimi e) Japan (2019) Dir. Tetsuya Mariko “Living life as best I can” As passive as this sounds, it has some validity in today’s world, where having an opinion is the worst thing, what it means to be a man or a woman has changed drastically, … Continue reading Movie Review – Miyamoto aka From Miyamoto to You (Miyamoto kara Kimi e)

Movie Review – Gamera The Brave (Chiisaki yûsha-tachi: Gamera)

Gamera The Brave (Chiisaki yûsha-tachi: Gamera) Japan (2005) Dir. Ryuta Tasaki You can’t keep a good giant turtle down! After a 15 year absence, Gamera returned to the screens in a big budget trilogy in 1995 which ended in 1999, before resurfacing for his 40th anniversary with this even bigger budget outing. In 1973, Gamera … Continue reading Movie Review – Gamera The Brave (Chiisaki yûsha-tachi: Gamera)

Anime Review – The Demon Girl Next Door

The Demon Girl Next Door (Cert 12) 2 Discs Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 302 minutes approx. Release Date: February 8th Puberty! We’ve all been there - going to bed one night as a smooth skinned, worry free callow teenager, then wake up the next morning with horns growing out of our heads and long … Continue reading Anime Review – The Demon Girl Next Door

Movie Review – Tokyo Dragon Chef (Tokyo doragon hanten)

Tokyo Dragon Chef (Tokyo doragon hanten) Japan (2020) Dir. Yoshihiro Nishimura Reputation is everything in cinema. The news that a director has a new film out will either elicit squeals of joy at the potential masterpiece that awaits, or trepidation at what they have concocted from the depth of their aberrant minds. Japan’s king of … Continue reading Movie Review – Tokyo Dragon Chef (Tokyo doragon hanten)

Anime Review – ID: Invaded

ID: Invaded (Cert 18) 2 Discs DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 323 minutes approx. Per Wikipedia: “The Id is the instinctual component of personality that is present at birth, and is the source of bodily needs and wants, emotional impulses and desires, especially aggression” In the future, the Mizuhanome System has been developed which … Continue reading Anime Review – ID: Invaded