After The Rain (Koi wa ameagari no yô ni)

After The Rain (Koi wa ameagari no yô ni) Japan (2018) Dir. Akira Nagai If you are feeling a sense of déjà vu from seeing this title, that is understandable as it is the inevitable live-action adaptation of the popular manga and anime series After The Rain, my review of which you can read HERE. … Continue reading After The Rain (Koi wa ameagari no yô ni)

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)

Samurai Marathon (Samurai marason)

Samurai Marathon (Samurai marason) Japan (2019) Dir. Bernard Rose Just like we Brits have the London Marathon and the US have the New York Marathon, Japan has the Tokyo Marathon, but unlike ours, theirs has its own mythos for being an annual event. Yes, the Greeks started it all, but as we know, Japan always … Continue reading Samurai Marathon (Samurai marason)

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

Tomorrow I Will Date With Yesterday’s You (Boku wa asu, kinou no kimi to dêto suru)

Tomorrow I Will Date With Yesterday's You (Boku wa asu, kinou no kimi to dêto suru) Japan (2016) Dir. Takahiro Miki I am sure there are countless people who have found their true love and on occasion wondered “This is too good to be true” - I know it would be that case for this … Continue reading Tomorrow I Will Date With Yesterday’s You (Boku wa asu, kinou no kimi to dêto suru)

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

The World Of Kanako (Kawaki)

The World Of Kanako (Kawaki) Japan (2014) Dir. Tetsuya Nakashima This is not an easy film to watch. I appreciate that is not the first thing one wants to read in a review but it has to be said. Tetsuya Nakashima has left the colourful bubblegum world of his breakthrough hit Kamikaze Girls behind in … Continue reading The World Of Kanako (Kawaki)