Bright Future (Akarui mirai)

Bright Future (Akarui mirai) Japan (2002) Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa Only in Japan could a jellyfish be a symbol for a disenchanted young man to find his place in the world. Although this is a work from Kiyoshi Kurosawa and he is at his most obtuse with this slow, brooding arthouse drama. Yuji Nimura (Joe Odagiri) … Continue reading Bright Future (Akarui mirai)

Her Love Boils Bathwater (Yu wo wakasuhodo no atsui ai)

Her Love Boils Bathwater (Yu wo wakasuhodo no atsui ai) Japan (2016) Dir. Ryota Nakano The title of Japan’s official entry for the 2018 Best Foreign Language Oscars may sound delightfully whimsical and certainly not out of place as a song on Love’s classic Forever Changes album, but the subject matter of this film doesn’t … Continue reading Her Love Boils Bathwater (Yu wo wakasuhodo no atsui ai)

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)