Movie Review – Wife Of A Spy

Wife Of A Spy (Supai no tsuma) Japan (2020) Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa During World War II, the British government distributed a propaganda poster which read “Careless talk costs lives”. This was designed to stop people from inadvertently leaking vital information to any German spies that may be lurking in the vicinity. They may have had … Continue reading Movie Review – Wife Of A Spy

Movie Review – Miyamoto aka From Miyamoto to You (Miyamoto kara Kimi e)

  Miyamoto aka From Miyamoto to You (Miyamoto kara Kimi e) Japan (2019) Dir. Tetsuya Mariko “Living life as best I can” As passive as this sounds, it has some validity in today’s world, where having an opinion is the worst thing, what it means to be a man or a woman has changed drastically, … Continue reading Movie Review – Miyamoto aka From Miyamoto to You (Miyamoto kara Kimi e)

Killing (Zan)

Killing (Zan) Japan (2018) Dir. Shinya Tsukamoto If you had to list the credentials required to be a Samurai, what would they be? Being handy with a sword? Having a fearless resolve and sense of courage? Filial loyalty to the Samurai Code or your master, where your life is the ultimate sacrifice? Or is it … Continue reading Killing (Zan)

Hana And Alice (Hana to Arisu)

Hana And Alice (Hana to Arisu) Japan (2004) Dir. Shunji Iwai Best friends are hard to come by (I know as I’ve never had one) so why is it something universally inevitable as love always seems to rock even the sturdiest of relationships? This is mostly a problem among teenagers who have grown up together … Continue reading Hana And Alice (Hana to Arisu)

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)

Rainbow Song (Niji no megami)

Rainbow Song (Niji no megami) Japan (2006) Dir. Naoto Kumazawa Being autistic means I don’t understand this thing called “Love”. I genuinely don’t know if it actually exists but others do, especially in the arts. Many romantic dramas chart the ups and downs of being in love and Rainbow Song is no different, but it … Continue reading Rainbow Song (Niji no megami)

The Case Of Hana & Alice

The Case Of Hana & Alice  (Cert 12) 1 Disc (Distributor: All The Anime) Running time: 99 minutes approx. Unless anyone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of anime can suggest otherwise, I believe a precedent may have been set with this film by being an animated prequel to a live action Japanese film, 2004’s Hana & … Continue reading The Case Of Hana & Alice

What A Wonderful Family! (Kazoku wa tsuraiyo)

What A Wonderful Family! (Kazoku wa tsuraiyo) Japan (2016) Dir. Yôji Yamada Families. Admit it, most of us have one and they are either a blessing or a bane in our lives but we wouldn’t be the same without them. While here in the west we tend to strive towards making our own paths in … Continue reading What A Wonderful Family! (Kazoku wa tsuraiyo)

Journey To The Shore (Kishibe no tabi)

Journey To The Shore (Kishibe no tabi) Japan (2015) Dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa Usually when a loved one passes away our initial reaction is want them back. So, what would you do if they did come back to life? Known here in the West for his creepy horror films, Kiyoshi Kurosawa takes this premise and instead … Continue reading Journey To The Shore (Kishibe no tabi)

Harlock Space Pirate

Harlock Space Pirate (Cert 15) 2 Discs DVD/ 2 Discs DVD-Blu-ray Combo (Distributor: Manga Entertainment) Running time: 111 minutes approx. With the legendary mangaka Leiji Matsumoto’s 1974 creation Space Battleship Yamato recently getting a live action upgrade, another of his classic works gets the modern make over treatment - 1977’s Space Pirate Captain Harlock. This … Continue reading Harlock Space Pirate