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)

First Love (Hatsukoi)

First Love (Hatsukoi) Japan (2019) Dir Takashi Miike You know what they say about best-laid plans. In real life, it can be very frustrating when they go awry but in cinema, it often leads to one hell of a rush.  And when such a scenario is depicted by the enfant terrible of Japanese cinema, Takashi … Continue reading First Love (Hatsukoi)

The Virgin Psychics (Eiga: minna! Esupâ da yo!)

The Virgin Psychics (Eiga: minna! Esupâ da yo!) Japan (2015) Dir. Sion Sono Not all heroes wear capes or fire laser beams from their eyes, some are ordinary people like you and me (well, maybe less me) who are called upon to use the quirks that makes us help save the world. If only that … Continue reading The Virgin Psychics (Eiga: minna! Esupâ da yo!)

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

As The Gods Will (Kamisama no iu tôri)

As The Gods Will (Kamisama no iu tôri) Japan (2014) Dir. Takashi Miike The king of subversive Asian cinema, Takashi Miike, must have enjoyed his school based Lesson Of Evil so much that he chose to return to the classroom for this live action adaptation of the manga by Muneyuki Kaneshiro and Akeji Fujimura. With … Continue reading As The Gods Will (Kamisama no iu tôri)

Kabukichô Love Hotel (Sayonara kabukichô)

Kabukichô Love Hotel (Sayonara kabukichô) Japan (2014) Dir. Ryuichi Hiroki For the uninitiated love hotels are common across Asia and parts of South America but they are more associated with Japan, standing as a unique aspect of the country’s rich and varied culture. They provide a place for amorous couples to amuse themselves intimately, be … Continue reading Kabukichô Love Hotel (Sayonara kabukichô)

Tokyo Tribe (Tokyo toraibu)

  Tokyo Tribe (Cert 18) 1 Disc (Distributor: Eureka) Running Time: 116 minutes approx. If there is one thing Japanese provocateur Sion Sono cannot be accused of it is playing it safe with his films. Just when you think you have him figured out, he switches gears and heads off into a new direction while his … Continue reading Tokyo Tribe (Tokyo toraibu)

Wood Job! (Wood Job! Kamusari Naa Naa Nichijo)

Wood Job! (Wood Job! Kamusari Naa Naa Nichijo) Japan (2014) Dir. Shinobu Yaguchi Fish out of water stories are always good for a laugh but there is something a little disconcerting when the fish is out of water in his own country! Then again it is indicative of the regional divides which appear across many … Continue reading Wood Job! (Wood Job! Kamusari Naa Naa Nichijo)

Lesson Of Evil

Lesson Of Evil (Cert 18) 1 Disc (Distributor: Third Window Films) Running Time: 129 minutes approx. When the novel Aku no Kyoten by Yusuke Kishi – of recent anime hit From The New World fame – was published in 2010 it caused some consternation. So, like a moth to a flame prolific and controversial in … Continue reading Lesson Of Evil