Radiance (Hikari)

Radiance (Hikari) Japan (2017) Dir. Naomi Kawase Is it possible to have a connection with something you can’t see? Sure, that might describe religion in a nutshell but I’m referring to something we know is actually there but we are unable to see it through impairment. Similarly, there is a tacit psychological application to this, … Continue reading Radiance (Hikari)

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Mourning Forest

Mourning Forest (Cert 12) 1 Disc Blu-ray/1 Disc DVD Dual Format (Distributor: Eureka) Running Time: 97 minutes approx. Despite the supernatural sounding title of Japanese arthouse director Naomi Kawase’s fourth feature film, Mourning Forest doesn’t feature a spirit infested woodland area mysteriously killing people, instead it is a (very) quiet meditation on grief and redemption. … Continue reading Mourning Forest

Sweet Bean (An)

Sweet Bean (An) Japan (2015) Dir. Naomi Kawase Only in world cinema films can food be a key ingredient (excuse the pun) and avoid using it as a sexual allegory or for similar prurient reasons, instead it is a tool for a meditative look into the individual cultures. And no-one seems to do this better … Continue reading Sweet Bean (An)

Still The Water (Futatsume no mado)

Still The Water (Futatsume no mado) Japan (2014) Dir. Naomi Kawase This elegiac meditation on life, death and relationships through the eyes of two teens from a different background was a big hit at Cannes for Japanese auteur Naomi Kawase, while the director herself believes this is her masterpiece. The setting is the subtropical Amami … Continue reading Still The Water (Futatsume no mado)