Not Quite Dead Yet (Ichido shinde mita)

Not Quite Dead Yet (Ichido shinde mita) Japan (2020) Dir. Shinji Hamasaki Isn’t science great? You can do wondrous things with it and because of it that not only astound the mind but can also defy nature! Shame some people want to take advantage of it for their own personal gain and will stoop to … Continue reading Not Quite Dead Yet (Ichido shinde mita)

Shoplifters

Shoplifters (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Thunderbird Releasing) Running Time: 121 minutes approx. The family that steals together stays together - or something like that. Okay, that isn’t the exact quote but in the context of the latest masterwork from Japan’s top chronicler of modern life in the Land of the Rising Sun, it … Continue reading Shoplifters

While The Women Are Sleeping

While The Women Are Sleeping Japan (2016) Dir. Wayne Wang If this was someone’s first time watching a Japanese film they’d probably think of the main premise “they’re a weird bunch”, so they may be quite surprised to learn that this film is based on a short story by a Spanish writer and directed by … Continue reading While The Women Are Sleeping

As The Gods Will (Kamisama no iu tôri)

As The Gods Will (Kamisama no iu tôri) Japan (2014) Dir. Takashi Miike The king of subversive Asian cinema, Takashi Miike, must have enjoyed his school based Lesson Of Evil so much that he chose to return to the classroom for this live action adaptation of the manga by Muneyuki Kaneshiro and Akeji Fujimura. With … Continue reading As The Gods Will (Kamisama no iu tôri)

Yakuza Apocalypse (Gokudou daisensou)

Yakuza Apocalypse (Gokudou daisensou) Japan (2015) Dir. Takashi Miike You see the name Takashi Miike next to the title Yakuza Apocalypse and you probably have already conjured up an idea of what this film will entail. But in typical Miike fashion, this won’t be what you are expecting even though Miike’s inimitable esoteric style, taste … Continue reading Yakuza Apocalypse (Gokudou daisensou)

Like Father, Like Son

Like Father, Like Son (Cert PG) 1 Disc (Distributor: Arrow Films) Running time: 121 minutes approx. Successful architect Ryota Nonomiya (Masaharu Fukuyama) and his wife Midori (Machiko Ono) are registering their six-year-old son Keita (Keita Ninomiya) for primary school when an anomaly with Keita’s blood test raises some concern. The hospital then breaks the shocking … Continue reading Like Father, Like Son