Rage (Ikari)

Rage (Ikari) Japan (2016) Dir. Lee Sang-il Trust. It is not any easily relinquished commodity when meeting people in person for the first time yet we think nothing of embracing strangers online, maybe because we can’t them from behind the computer screen. But what if the real life person has an ominous cloud of doubt … Continue reading Rage (Ikari)

What A Wonderful Family! (Kazoku wa tsuraiyo)

What A Wonderful Family! (Kazoku wa tsuraiyo) Japan (2016) Dir. Yôji Yamada Families. Admit it, most of us have one and they are either a blessing or a bane in our lives but we wouldn’t be the same without them. While here in the west we tend to strive towards making our own paths in … Continue reading What A Wonderful Family! (Kazoku wa tsuraiyo)

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)

For Love’s Sake

For Love’s Sake (Cert 15) 2 Discs (Distributor: Third Window Films) Running Time: 133 minutes approx. Japan 1972 and sullen bad boy Makoto Taiga (Satoshi Tsumabuki) arrives in Tokyo and true to form, gets himself in a fight almost immediately with the local street kids. When the police arrive wholesome privileged schoolgirl Ai Satome (Emi … Continue reading For Love’s Sake

Pandemic

  Pandemic (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: MVM Entertainment) Running time: 138 minutes approx. In a Tokyo hospital, a young man diagnosed with a simple cold by ER doctor Tsuyoshi Matsuoka (Satoshi Tsumabuki) dies after suffering severe convulsions and coughing up blood. When similar cases begin to appear at the hospital it becomes apparent something … Continue reading Pandemic