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Camera Japan 2016: Line-up And Recommendations

Next month, on Wednesday the fifth of October, the 11th edition of the Camera Japan Festival will start. Beginning in Rotterdam and moving a week later to Amsterdam for its last few days, it's a Dutch festival celebrating Japanese...

The Dutch Camera Japan Festival 2016 Reveals Its Programme!

Alex Oost is the director of Camera Japan, a Rotterdam-and-Amsterdam-based festival which highlights Japanese culture, food, music... but most of all: films! And yesterday, Alex put the following message on his Facebook page: I wonder if we ever managed to...

Camera Japan 2015: What The Rotterdam Audiences Liked Best

Last week saw the tenth iteration of Camera Japan, a Dutch yearly event which has grown into quite a Japanese culture festival, with the main focus on film. This year, its program had a whopping 51 films on it,...

Camera Japan 2015 Review: OUR LITTLE SISTER Shows The Cold Through Blissful Warmth

For years now, Japanese director Kore-eda Hirokazu has been making films which have an uncommonly humanist core. Often emotional, sometimes openly feel-good even, his films somehow never become the saccharine dross they would undoubtedly be in lesser hands. One of...

Camera Japan 2015 Review: RYUZO AND HIS SEVEN HENCHMEN Banks On Old Farts

Takeshi Kitano's latest film Ryuzo and His Seven Henchmen merges the famous director's two favorite movie genres: comedy and gangster thriller. Gathering a slew of older actors from his earlier films, Kitano pitches his geriatric protagonists as a group against...

Camera Japan 2015: Line-up And Recommendations

Every autumn the Camera Japan festival descends on Rotterdam for a long weekend, after which it transforms into a traveling festival which visits several other cities as well. This year, on September the 24th, the festival celebrates its 10th...

Camera Japan 2014 Review: FORMA Demands Attention

(This review won't scratch the surface, and that is fully intentional...) At the start of Forma, you see one of its protagonists stick a pen in a cardboard box, making a small hole. She then puts the box on her...

Camera Japan Festival Rotterdam 2014 Reveals Its Great Line-up

UPDATE: The festival has now released its full schedule, and has opened its ticket sales. Click this link for more details. This October, the Camera Japan Festival returns, starting as always in Rotterdam with its full selection, before travelling to...

Camera Japan 2013 Review: BURNING BUDDHA MAN Puts Paper On Fire

(Just when you thought Japanese films couldn't get any crazier...) This year, the Camera Japan Festival in Rotterdam had a particularly nice anime section, and the film Burning Buddha Man was part of it. However, a case can be made...

Camera Japan Festival Reveals Full Line-up

In a few weeks time, Rotterdam will kick off the annual Camera Japan Festival. As always this is something to rejoice for local Asian film fans (like me), because while the festival celebrates several different aspects of Japanese culture, the...

Camera Japan Festival 2013 Confirms First Titles (And Shonen Knife)

September marks the welcome return of the annual Camera Japan Festival in Rotterdam. For a few days there will be, and I quote their site: "A Japanese cultural festival with its main focus on film that also dives into other...