Birds Without Names (Kanojo ga sono na wo shiranai toritachi)

Birds Without Names (Kanojo ga sono na wo shiranai toritachi) Japan (2017) Dir. Kazuya Shiraishi Is it possible to love someone too much, even if they hurt you badly and that pain never seems to abate to much how you move on with your life? Broken hearts can be mended but broken minds are much … Continue reading Birds Without Names (Kanojo ga sono na wo shiranai toritachi)

Maestro! (Maesutoro!)

Maestro! (Maesutoro!) Japan (2015) Dir. Shôtarô Kobayashi Music can mean many things to many people. For some it is a way of life, for others it is a universal language; some just enjoy the melodies and beats while others attach significant life moments to a particular song or tune. Ultimately, it is about expression - … Continue reading Maestro! (Maesutoro!)

April Fools (Eipuriru fûruzu)

April Fools (Eipuriru fûruzu) Japan (2015) Dir. Junichi Ishikawa I suppose if I had thought about it about more I should have waited a few weeks and watched this film on April 1st (although February 29th is an auspicious date in its own right) but then again some people might have assumed it was a … Continue reading April Fools (Eipuriru fûruzu)

Gatchaman (Gacchaman)

Gatchaman (Gacchaman) Japan (2013) Dir. Tôya Satô Readers of a certain vintage may remember Battle Of The Planets the animated adventures of G-Force, five spunky young kids – Mark, Jason, Princess, Key-op and Tiny – who would transmute into costumed superheroes to do battle against the evil Zoltan. However I’m sure most of us were unaware … Continue reading Gatchaman (Gacchaman)