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)

Kids On The Slope (Sakamichi no Apollon)

Kids On The Slope (Sakamichi no Apollon) Japan (2018) Dir. Takahiro Miki Another live action adaptation of a successful and in this writer’s opinion top shelf anime series, meaning it has a LOT to live up to. But unlike other anime properties, being a slice of life show means it has less visual spectacle to … Continue reading Kids On The Slope (Sakamichi no Apollon)

Terra Formars

Terra Formars (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Video) Running Time: 109 minutes approx. If there is an anime or manga most people would not think of trying to adapt into a live action film you can always count on Takashi Miike to step up. Whether it is the camp silliness of Yatterman, the … Continue reading Terra Formars


Bleach Japan (2018) Dir. Shinsuke Sato  I apologise for the ensuing fan boy ramblings you are about to read, but Bleach is one of my favourite ever anime series, making it very difficult to appraise this live action adaptation without regular comparisons to the expected differences and liberties taken during the transition between the two … Continue reading Bleach

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

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running Time: 119 minutes approx. Having seen the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure anime, the notion of a live action version is preposterous - until we remember Takashi Miike exists! Already with many anime and manga adaptations in his vast catalogue, including Yatterman, … Continue reading JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable

Fullmetal Alchemist (Hagane no renkinjutsushi)

Fullmetal Alchemist (Hagane no renkinjutsushi) Japan (2017) Dir. Fumihiko Sori It’s taken a while but after many false starts, not to mention a patient wait for the special effects technology to get up to speed, another hugely popular manga and anime property makes the leap to live action. Hiromu Arakawa’s Fullmetal Alchemist manga ran from … Continue reading Fullmetal Alchemist (Hagane no renkinjutsushi)

Chihayafuru Part II (Chihayafuru: Shimo no Ku)

Chihayafuru Part II (Chihayafuru: Shimo no Ku) Japan (2016) Dir. Norihiro Koizumi This second part of this live action trilogy adaptation of Yuki Suetsugu’s manga and the very popular anime TV series wastes no time in getting right back into the story, so newcomers will find themselves at a huge disadvantage. Or they could check … Continue reading Chihayafuru Part II (Chihayafuru: Shimo no Ku)

Ghost In The Shell

Ghost In The Shell (Cert 12A) US (2017) Dir. Rupert Sanders So, here we are with one of the more controversial films of the year - the live action version of the seminal Cyber Punk manga and anime franchise Ghost In Shell. There was always concern over how it will be handled, but the casting … Continue reading Ghost In The Shell


Lou!   France (2014) Dir. Julien Neel Are French children old before their time or is it just the way they are portrayed in films? Certainly if the 12 year-old protagonist and her friends featured in this quirky comedy are any indication, there is definitely something in the water that makes French seem more mature … Continue reading Lou!