Space Brothers (Uchû kyôdai)

Space Brothers (Uchû kyôdai) Japan (2012) Dir. Yoshitaka Mori There are leaders and followers in this world, and sometimes seniority dictates which of these roles we are to assume, specifically in the case of family. Almost by definition, the first-born is expected to achieve things before their younger siblings do, but since life is unpredictable, … Continue reading Space Brothers (Uchû kyôdai)

Terra Formars

Terra Formars (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Video) Running Time: 109 minutes approx. If there is an anime or manga most people would not think of trying to adapt into a live action film you can always count on Takashi Miike to step up. Whether it is the camp silliness of Yatterman, the … Continue reading Terra Formars

Harlock Space Pirate

Harlock Space Pirate (Cert 15) 2 Discs DVD/ 2 Discs DVD-Blu-ray Combo (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 111 minutes approx. With the legendary mangaka Leiji Matsumoto’s 1974 creation Space Battleship Yamato recently getting a live action upgrade, another of his classic works gets the modern make over treatment - 1977’s Space Pirate Captain Harlock. This … Continue reading Harlock Space Pirate

Lupin III (Rupan sansei)

Lupin III (Rupan sansei) Japan (2014) Dir. Ryuhei Kitamura It is not uncommon for the words “live action adaptation” to fill the hearts of many a comic book/cartoon/anime fan with dread, especially if the character or series in question is iconic or beloved. For the Japanese, Lupin The Third - the grandson legendary gentleman thief … Continue reading Lupin III (Rupan sansei)

The Woodsman And The Rain (Kitsutsuki to ame)

The Woodsman And The Rain (Kitsutsuki to ame) Japan (2012) Dir. Shûichi Okita In the peaceful mountain village of Yamamura, 60 year-old lumberjack Katsuhiko Kishi (Koji Yakusho) and his colleagues have their work disrupted when a film crew arrives to shoot a zombie movie nearby. When the rain comes and interrupts the shoot, Katsuhiko ends … Continue reading The Woodsman And The Rain (Kitsutsuki to ame)

Crows Zero II

Crows Zero II (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: MVM Entertainment) Running time: 133 minutes approx. Having finally conquered Suzuran All-Boys High School, Genji Takiya (Shun Oguri) is thrown headlong into his first test of leadership when he inadvertently breaks a truce between Suzuran and the rival Hosen School. Former Suzuran student Sho Kawanishi (Shinnosuke Abe) … Continue reading Crows Zero II

Crows Zero

Crows Zero (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: MVM Entertainment) Running time: 130 minutes approx. Welcome to Suzuran All-Boys High School aka the School of Crows, where the main subject on the curriculum is beating the hell out of everyone in order to be rule of the school. The nearest person to claiming that position is … Continue reading Crows Zero

Tajomaru – Avenging Blade

Tajomaru – Avenging Blade (Cert 12) 1 Disc (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 126 minutes In the late Muromachi period, the two young sons of the Shogun’s deputy, Nobutsuna and Naomitsu Hatakeyama take pity on a young orphan boy caught stealing food and take him in as their servant, naming him Sakuramaru. When they reach … Continue reading Tajomaru – Avenging Blade