Not Quite Dead Yet (Ichido shinde mita)

Not Quite Dead Yet (Ichido shinde mita) Japan (2020) Dir. Shinji Hamasaki Isn’t science great? You can do wondrous things with it and because of it that not only astound the mind but can also defy nature! Shame some people want to take advantage of it for their own personal gain and will stoop to … Continue reading Not Quite Dead Yet (Ichido shinde mita)

Chihayafuru Part 3 (Chihayafuru: Musubi)

Chihayafuru Part 3 (Chihayafuru: Musubi) Japan (2018) Dir. Norihiro Koizumi It’s time for the saga of high school girl Chihaya Ayase and her passion for the traditional Japanese card game Karuta to come to an end with this final chapter in the live action movie trilogy, based on the ongoing manga by Yuki Suetsugu. The … Continue reading Chihayafuru Part 3 (Chihayafuru: Musubi)

The Third Murder

The Third Murder (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Arrow Academy) Running Time: 125 minutes approx. Is the justice system really the most infallible way to dictate the fate of someone based on which side of a story is believed? And what does justice mean if a critical decision is made for the wrong reasons? … Continue reading The Third Murder

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)

Chihayafuru Part II (Chihayafuru: Shimo no Ku)

Chihayafuru Part II (Chihayafuru: Shimo no Ku) Japan (2016) Dir. Norihiro Koizumi This second part of this live action trilogy adaptation of Yuki Suetsugu’s manga and the very popular anime TV series wastes no time in getting right back into the story, so newcomers will find themselves at a huge disadvantage. Or they could check … Continue reading Chihayafuru Part II (Chihayafuru: Shimo no Ku)

Chihayafuru Part I (Chihayafuru Kami no Ku)

Chihayafuru Part I (Chihayafuru Kami no Ku) Japan (2016) Dir. Norihiro Koizumi One of the things about Japan that appeals to us westerners is their exotic culture and rich traditions even if they are usually beyond our ken. A prime example of this is would be the card game Karuta, an arcane competition in which people … Continue reading Chihayafuru Part I (Chihayafuru Kami no Ku)

Our Little Sister

Our Little Sister (Cert PG) 1 Disc (Distributor: Curzon Artificial Eye) Running Time: 127 minutes approx. Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda seems to have found tremendous capital of late in relating stories dealing with divided families, from the whimsical I Wish to the touching Like Father, Like Son. Continuing this run of sublime and affecting outings is … Continue reading Our Little Sister