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)

Sumo Do, Sumo Don’t (Shiko funjatta)

Sumo Do, Sumo Don't (Shiko funjatta) Japan (1992) Dir. Masayuki Suo One look at the above poster tells us pretty much all we need to know about this film and it certainly lives up to those perceptions story wise. As accurate as is to say Sumo Do, Sumo Don’t is every zero-to-hero sports film you’ve … Continue reading Sumo Do, Sumo Don’t (Shiko funjatta)

The Happiness Of The Katakuris

The Happiness Of The Katakuris (Cert 15) 2 Discs Blu-ray/DVD Combo (Distributor: Arrow Video) Running Time: 113 minutes approx. I’ve often wondered had Freud still been alive today and had prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike on his couch, would the great neurologist have quit his job there and then? Because whatever goes on in Miike’s … Continue reading The Happiness Of The Katakuris

Shall We Dance? (Shall we dansu?)

Shall We Dance? (Shall we dansu?) Japan (1996) Dir. Masayuki Suo Chances are the 2004 Hollywood remake of the same name of this charming Japanese comedy is more familiar, which I have not seen but can only assume from its glitzy cast of Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon and Jennifer Lopez that it misses the subtlety of … Continue reading Shall We Dance? (Shall we dansu?)