Space Brothers (Uchû kyôdai)

Space Brothers (Uchû kyôdai) Japan (2012) Dir. Yoshitaka Mori There are leaders and followers in this world, and sometimes seniority dictates which of these roles we are to assume, specifically in the case of family. Almost by definition, the first-born is expected to achieve things before their younger siblings do, but since life is unpredictable, … Continue reading Space Brothers (Uchû kyôdai)

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)

Love & Peace

Love & Peace (Cert PG) 1 Disc (Distributor: Third Window Films) Running Time: 118 minutes approx. Japanese maverick Sion Sono had a busy 2015, making no less than SIX films of varying subjects and styles, including the violent satire Tag and this almost unimaginable for Sono family friendly tokusatsu (special effects) fantasy movie, in which … Continue reading Love & Peace

The Tale Of Nishino (Nishino Yukihiko no koi to bôken)

The Tale Of Nishino (Nishino Yukihiko no koi to bôken) Japan (2014) Dir. Nami Iguchi A lot of men like to think of themselves as God’s Gift to Women (and invariably aren’t) but what if a man was somehow irresistible to all females? Is a dream come true or a living nightmare? Hiromi Kawakami’s 2006 … Continue reading The Tale Of Nishino (Nishino Yukihiko no koi to bôken)

Love Strikes! (Moteki)

  Love Strikes! (Moteki) Japan (2011) Dir. Hitoshi Ohne Yukiyo Fujimoto (Mirai Moriyama) is a 31 year-old virgin, his life is going nowhere and is desperate for love. He starts working as a writer for a news site although his colleagues all tease Yukiyo for his involuntary celibacy. While wallowing in self pity via his … Continue reading Love Strikes! (Moteki)