Mother (Mazâ) Movie Review

Mother (Mazâ) Japan (2020) Dir. Tatsushi Omori Not everybody has it in them to be a parent. Giving birth to a child doesn’t automatically make someone a parent, and neither does loving their children - or convincing them they do. As sad as this sounds that isn’t always enough, and it is the child who … Continue reading Mother (Mazâ) Movie Review

Birds Without Names (Kanojo ga sono na wo shiranai toritachi)

Birds Without Names (Kanojo ga sono na wo shiranai toritachi) Japan (2017) Dir. Kazuya Shiraishi Is it possible to love someone too much, even if they hurt you badly and that pain never seems to abate to much how you move on with your life? Broken hearts can be mended but broken minds are much … Continue reading Birds Without Names (Kanojo ga sono na wo shiranai toritachi)

Dreams For Sale (Yume uru futari)

Dreams For Sale (Yume uru futari) Japan (2012) Dir. Miwa Nishikawa In fulfilling our dreams, it is a human weakness to be tempted by morally dubious means we would not usually entertain. Can this be justified as self-preservation or exploiting the wilfully weak who are caught out? Miwa Nishikawa explores this through the duplicitous machinations … Continue reading Dreams For Sale (Yume uru futari)

Parasyte Part 2

Parasyte Part 2 (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Animatsu Entertainment) Running Time: 118 minutes approx. This two-part live action adaptation of the popular anime and manga continues, picking up from where the first film ended following a very brief recap to set the scene for those of us with short memories. We rejoin the story … Continue reading Parasyte Part 2

Parasyte: Part 1

Parasyte Part 1 (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Animatsu Entertainment) Running Time: 109 minutes approx. If ever a live action adaptation of a successful anime has a difficult handicap to overcome, it is not so much whether it can successfully honour the bespoke visual aspects during translation but the expectations of the existing fans of … Continue reading Parasyte: Part 1

Miracle Apples (Kiseki no ringo)

Miracle Apples (Kiseki no ringo) Japan (2013) Dir. Yoshihiro Nakamura While many Japanese directors of this millennium have stood out for their extreme and challenging content, Yoshihiro Nakamura has bucked that trend by carving out an exclusive niche in quirky comedies with elliptical tales that begin with apparent disparate skits that eventually converge at the … Continue reading Miracle Apples (Kiseki no ringo)