To The Ends Of The Earth (Tabi no owari sekai no hajimari) Movie Review

To The Ends Of The Earth (Tabi no owari sekai no hajimari) Japan/Uzbekistan (2019) Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa “Our culture is different from yours” Maybe not something that needs to be made obvious by a native of the country you are visiting but unfortunately, it is a fact often ignored by travellers, not always through ignorance … Continue reading To The Ends Of The Earth (Tabi no owari sekai no hajimari) Movie Review

Serpent’s Path (Hebi no michi)/Eyes Of The Spider (Kumo no hitomi)

Serpent's Path (Hebi no michi)/Eyes Of The Spider (Kumo no hitomi)   Japan (1998) Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa A special “two for the price of one” review since both films are on the one disc and they are essentially companion pieces to each other. Like many directors, Kiyoshi Kurosawa can’t resist a challenge - he was … Continue reading Serpent’s Path (Hebi no michi)/Eyes Of The Spider (Kumo no hitomi)

Before We Vanish

Before We Vanish (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 130 minutes approx. “Then why not act more like an alien? Shoot death rays from your eyes!” If this is our perception of what an alien is, no wonder visitors to earth from another planet are unsure what being human is. Then … Continue reading Before We Vanish

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)

Pulse (Kairo)

Pulse (Kairo) Japan (2001) Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa We can blame the internet for many things but bringing about the end of the world? Actually, the way things are going at the moment, with hostility on social media and corruptive information available at a click, that might not be such a daft notion. Back in 2001 … Continue reading Pulse (Kairo)

Cure

Cure Japan (1997) Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa Over the past 20 years, Asian cinema has proven a dab hand at psychological horror, while Hollywood was already making their own in the guise of serial killer flicks, with the likes of Silence Of The Lambs getting things off to a notorious start. A year before Ringu blew … Continue reading Cure

Daguerrotype (aka Le secret de la chambre noire)

Daguerrotype (aka Le secret de la chambre noire) France/Japan (2016) Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa Leave it to Kiyoshi Kurosawa to be different. While other Asian or non-English speaking directors seek the glamour and big budgets of Hollywood to ply the trade beyond their home markets, Japan’s top psychological horror auteur chose France for his overseas cinematic … Continue reading Daguerrotype (aka Le secret de la chambre noire)

Creepy (Kurîpî: Itsuwari no rinjin)

Creepy (Kurîpî: Itsuwari no rinjin) Japan (2016) Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa People are strange. But I suppose we are all strange in the eyes of others in one way or another. Then there are those whose foibles and idiosyncrasies are the result of a damaged psyche and become dangerous as a result. We read about them, … Continue reading Creepy (Kurîpî: Itsuwari no rinjin)

Journey To The Shore (Kishibe no tabi)

Journey To The Shore (Kishibe no tabi) Japan (2015) Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa Usually when a loved one passes away our initial reaction is want them back. So, what would you do if they did come back to life? Known here in the West for his creepy horror films, Kiyoshi Kurosawa takes this premise and instead … Continue reading Journey To The Shore (Kishibe no tabi)