Destruction Babies

Destruction Babies (Cert 18) 1 Disc (Distributor: Third Window Films) Running Time: 108 minutes approx. “The most extreme 108 minutes in Japanese cinema history!” proclaims the legend on the cover of Third Window’s latest release. One can almost see Takashi Miike, Shinya Tsukamoto, Sion Sono and possibly Yoshihiro Nishimura smirking to themselves, saying “Challenge accepted!” … Continue reading Destruction Babies

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Lowlife Love

Lowlife Love (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Third Window Films) Running Time: 111 minutes approx. It might not be intentional but Japanese writer-director Eiji Uchida might have made a film which actively dissuades people from entering the film industry, at least in his native Japan, although that is not to dismiss the fact that practices … Continue reading Lowlife Love

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

Love & Peace

Love & Peace (Cert PG) 1 Disc (Distributor: Third Window Films) Running Time: 118 minutes approx. Japanese maverick Sion Sono had a busy 2015, making no less than SIX films of varying subjects and styles, including the violent satire Tag and this almost unimaginable for Sono family friendly tokusatsu (special effects) fantasy movie, in which … Continue reading Love & Peace

Uzumasu Limelight

Uzumasu Limelight (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Third Window Films) Running Time: 104 minutes approx. Time. It catches up with us all eventually and when it does we are forced to face our own mortality and accept our halcyon days are over. In show business this can mean much more, as modernity replaces tradition and … Continue reading Uzumasu Limelight

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

Fuku-Chan Of Fukufuku Flats

Fuku-Chan Of Fukufuku Flats (Cert 15) 1 Disc (Distributor: Third Window Films) Running Time: 106 minutes approx. It is not much of an exaggeration to suggest the Japanese have cornered the market in quirky slice-of-life films (or anime for that matter). It seems almost endemic in their culture that their everyday life is just as … Continue reading Fuku-Chan Of Fukufuku Flats