Radiance (Hikari)

Radiance (Hikari) Japan (2017) Dir. Naomi Kawase Is it possible to have a connection with something you can’t see? Sure, that might describe religion in a nutshell but I’m referring to something we know is actually there but we are unable to see it through impairment. Similarly, there is a tacit psychological application to this, … Continue reading Radiance (Hikari)

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Bright Future (Akarui mirai)

Bright Future (Akarui mirai) Japan (2002) Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa Only in Japan could a jellyfish be a symbol for a disenchanted young man to find his place in the world. Although this is a work from Kiyoshi Kurosawa and he is at his most obtuse with this slow, brooding arthouse drama. Yuji Nimura (Joe Odagiri) … Continue reading Bright Future (Akarui mirai)

Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss (Nora-neko rokku: Onna banchô)

Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss (Nora-neko rokku: Onna banchô) Japan (1970) Dir. Yasuharu Hasebe Exploitation cinema of the 1970’s hasn’t aged so well, aesthetically as well as politically but given they are traditionally low budget affairs made for young male audiences this is no real shock. In Japan, where they subvert everything, their exploitation … Continue reading Stray Cat Rock: Delinquent Girl Boss (Nora-neko rokku: Onna banchô)

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)

My Man (Watashi no otoko)

My Man (Watashi no otoko) Japan (2014) Dir. Kazuyoshi Kumakiri In this day and age it seems that just about every taboo has been broken in film yet some still have the power to engender concern and appal. My Man is a film which explores one such taboo but manages to humanise it as much … Continue reading My Man (Watashi no otoko)

In The Realm Of The Senses (Ai no korîda)

In The Realm Of The Senses (Ai no korîda) Japan (1976) Dir. Nagisa Ôshima This notorious sexually explicit Japanese film has courted controversy for practically all of its near forty year existence, and for good reason, even in the wake of modern films pushing boundaries between mainstream sex and flat-out pornography which seem tame in … Continue reading In The Realm Of The Senses (Ai no korîda)