Ghost In The Shell

Ghost In The Shell (Cert 12A) US (2017) Dir. Rupert Sanders So, here we are with one of the more controversial films of the year - the live action version of the seminal Cyber Punk manga and anime franchise Ghost In Shell. There was always concern over how it will be handled, but the casting … Continue reading Ghost In The Shell

A Scene At The Sea (Ano natsu, ichiban shizukana umi)

A Scene At The Sea (Ano natsu, ichiban shizukana umi) Japan (1991) Dir. Takeshi Kitano “Beat” Takeshi Kitano’s first two films as director, Violent Cop and Boiling Point, are, as the titles suggest, gritty dramas with a strong Yakuza presence in the plots, not surprisingly involving scenes of bloodshed. So, it comes as quite a … Continue reading A Scene At The Sea (Ano natsu, ichiban shizukana umi)

Kids Return

Kids Return (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Third Window Films) Running Time: 108 minutes approx. In 1994 “Beat” Takeshi Kitano, the popular actor, director, painter and comedian was involved in a motorcycle accident that left half his body paralysed. Many thought he’d never recover but true to the Japanese fighting spirit, Kitano was back at … Continue reading Kids Return

While The Women Are Sleeping

While The Women Are Sleeping Japan (2016) Dir. Wayne Wang If this was someone’s first time watching a Japanese film they’d probably think of the main premise “they’re a weird bunch”, so they may be quite surprised to learn that this film is based on a short story by a Spanish writer and directed by … Continue reading While The Women Are Sleeping

Hana-Bi

Hana-Bi (Cert 18) 1 Disc (Distributor: Third Window Films) Running Time: 103 minutes approx. It is remarkable for us on this side of the world to comprehend how Takeshi Kitano was not regarded as a credible filmmaker in his native Japan until Hana-Bi won the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film festival. Until then … Continue reading Hana-Bi

Ryuzo And The Seven Henchmen (Ryûzô to 7 nin no kobun tachi)

Ryuzo And The Seven Henchmen (Ryûzô to 7 nin no kobun tachi) Japan (2015) Dir. Takeshi Kitano The legend that is “Beat” Takeshi Kitano was a prolific actor and director in the 90’s but when the new millennium arrived his directorial output slow down quite noticeably. He has thus far directed just two theatrical films … Continue reading Ryuzo And The Seven Henchmen (Ryûzô to 7 nin no kobun tachi)

Outrage Beyond (Autoreiji: Biyondo)

Outrage Beyond (Autoreiji: Biyondo) Japan (2012) Dir. Takeshi Kitano Following on from the events of the first film, the new Grand Yakuza leader of the Sanno-Kai syndicate, Kato (Tomokazu Miura), has seen his group’s power spread across the whole of eastern Japan to new levels of prosperity. Their influence is also widely felt, now reaching … Continue reading Outrage Beyond (Autoreiji: Biyondo)