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)

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Destruction Babies

Destruction Babies (Cert 18) 1 Disc (Distributor: Third Window Films) Running Time: 108 minutes approx. “The most extreme 108 minutes in Japanese cinema history!” proclaims the legend on the cover of Third Window’s latest release. One can almost see Takashi Miike, Shinya Tsukamoto, Sion Sono and possibly Yoshihiro Nishimura smirking to themselves, saying “Challenge accepted!” … Continue reading Destruction Babies

Princess Jellyfish (Kuragehime)

Princess Jellyfish (Kuragehime) Japan (2014) Dir. Taisuke Kawamura Getting the live action treatment this time is Princess Jellyfish, a quirky cult anime series that in reality shouldn’t work outside of the animated medium, due to its eccentric characters - especially as film makers have an annoying habit of altering the material to suit themselves, often … Continue reading Princess Jellyfish (Kuragehime)

The Light Shines Only There (Soko nomi nite hikari kagayaku)

The Light Shines Only There (Soko nomi nite hikari kagayaku) Japan (2014) Dir. Mipo Oh Japanese-Korean director Mipo Oh’s shift from quirky comedies to downbeat drama has paid dividends as The Light Shines Only There has not only won international acclaim but has also been selected as Japan’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language … Continue reading The Light Shines Only There (Soko nomi nite hikari kagayaku)