Erased (Boku Dake ga Inai Machi)

Erased (Boku Dake ga Inai Machi) Japan (2016) Dir. Yuichiro Hirakawa Changing the past is risky business so it is probably just as well none of us are able to do this. But if changing the past is the same as changing the future then maybe it might be worth having this bizarre ability after … Continue reading Erased (Boku Dake ga Inai Machi)

Café Funiculi Funicula aka Before The Coffee Gets Cold (Kohi ga Samenai Uchi Ni)

Café Funiculi Funicula aka Before The Coffee Gets Cold (Kohi ga Samenai Uchi Ni) Japan (2018) Dir. Ayuko Tsukahara If you could go back in time to a specific point in your life, even with the understanding that it can’t change the future, what date would you choose and what would you want to achieve … Continue reading Café Funiculi Funicula aka Before The Coffee Gets Cold (Kohi ga Samenai Uchi Ni)

I Am A Hero

I Am A Hero Japan (2015) Dir. Shinsuke Sato  Aside from the anime High School Of the Dead Japan’s take on the zombie flick has been esoteric at best, rarely resembling the approach we are used to seeing here in the west. In adapting the manga by Kengo Hanazawa, Shinsuke Sato makes a film that … Continue reading I Am A Hero

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)

Flying Colours (Birigyaru)

Flying Colours (Birigyaru) Japan (2015) Dir. Nobuhiro Doi I never got on well at school for a number of reasons, but while some of us struggle, others seem to squander their abilities and hope to coast through school without making an effort. Naturally, that will catch up on you and ruin your post-education prospects. It … Continue reading Flying Colours (Birigyaru)