Shikoku Japan (1999) Dir. Shunichi Nagasaki The problem with success is that whilst it brings recognition and fortune it can also result in unintentional notoriety. For example, the 1998 Japanese horror Ringu kick-started the J-Horror boom, but within this boom came the many imitators, lifting wholesale from Ringu’s quiet atmospheric style and vengeful long haired … Continue reading Shikoku

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)

Tokyo Family (Tokyo kazuko)

Tokyo Family (Tokyo kazuko) Japan (2013) Dir. Yoji Yamada Retired elderly couple Shukichi (Isao Hashizume) and Tomiko Hirayama (Kazuko Yoshiyuki) visit their three children living in Tokyo – doctor Koichi (Masahiko Nishimura), hairdresser Tomoko (Shigeko Kanai) and stage set craftsman Shoji (Tsumabuki Satoshi) – staying with each of the families in turn. However they are … Continue reading Tokyo Family (Tokyo kazuko)