Tag: japan

3 FOOT BALL AND SOULS Wins Skip City Audience Award

The 2017 edition of the Skip City Inernational D-Cinema festival has come to a close with the audience awards being announced for the world's leading festival focused on digitally produced cinema. Three awards were given - one each for features,...

10+ Years Later: Checking-in On The Cult Status Of BATTLE ROYALE

More than ten years ago, my infatuation with surreal, thought provoking, challenging and unique anime was what led to my initial discovery and viewing of Kinji Fukasaku’s controversial and vastly influential final film Battle Royale. The anime I refer to...

New FIREWORKS Trailer for Japanese Animated Adaptation Skews Gorgeous

The full English-language title for this upcoming animated film is Fireworks: Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom?, so you'll forgive me if I just refer to it as Fireworks in the headline. It's based on a...

Kitano's OUTRAGE CODA: New Trailer and Poster

I've fallen behind on my Outrage, I'm afraid, but here's a new trailer and poster for Outrage Coda. It's the third installment in what's become a series for Kitano Takeshi, following the original in 2010, which I quite enjoyed, and...

Miyazaki's LUPIN THE 3RD THE CASTLE OF CAGLIOSTRO Heads to U.S. Theaters

It only took 38 years, but Miyazaki Hayao's Rupan sansei: Kariosutoro no shiro, also known as Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro, is heading to U.S. theaters. Miyazaki had about eight years of experience as an animator when he...

Marshy's Favourite Asian Movies of 2017 Part 1

As we hit the halfway point of the year, it is time to look back over the past six months, specifically the cinematic offerings from Asia. This year’s crop of new releases has been a mixed bunch, with precious few...

Toronto Japanese Fest 2017 Review: IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD

A young girl named Suzu who, in 1944, moves from neighbouring Hiroshima to the port city of Kure, the largest military base for the Imperial Navy and home to ships like the Yamamoto. She moves there to marry Shūsaku, a...

Review: FUNERAL PARADE OF ROSES, Japan's Queer Underground Cinema Classic Never Looked Better

Cinelicious Pics did it last year with their restoration of Belladonna of Sadness, and this time they do it again with a needed restoration of what is still among the most important works of transgressive Japanese cinema of that time,...

Review: ASCENT, Iconic Mt. Fuji Revealed in a Thousand Photographs

Mount Fuji is perhaps the most photographed volcanic mountain in the world. Its iconic, perfectly shaped appearance -- perfectly symmetrical 45 degree slopes on both sides, reaching to its slender necked caldera, often snow capped in winter -- is instantly...

Review: GOD OF WAR Eventually Shows its Strengths

Vincent Zhao stars as the eponymous military tactician in Gordon Chan’s sweeping action epic, following the efforts of the Ming army to keep a fleet of fearsome Japanese pirates at bay in 16th century China. Sammo Hung, Wan Qian and...

Okinawa 2017 Interview: Fruit Chan on Balancing Independent and Commercial Filmmaking

Last month, Hong Kong filmmaker Fruit Chan served as the head of the Creators Factory jury at the 9th Okinawa International Movie Festival on the picturesque Japanese island. Chan had recently unveiled a new restoration of his groundbreaking 1997 indie...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion's TAMPOPO Will Make You Hungry

Make sure your noodle-wrangling skills are on point before spinning up this delicious disc.

Review: YOUR NAME, A Wondrous Delight From Start to Finish

Body swapping, time displacement and comets of mass destruction all feature prominently in Makoto Shinkai’s heart-wrenching adolescent romance. Boasting an infectious soundtrack by RADWIMPS and luminous animation, Your Name proves a winning combination of laughter, tears and occasionally mind-bending concepts...

Osaka 2017 Review: BAMI Offers an Inventive New Take on J-Horror

Director Tanaka Jun’s debut feature Bamy tackles J-horror in a similar vein to Kurosawa Kiyoshi, concerning itself as much with the relationships between the living inhabitants of the film as it does with their connection to the dead. A couple...

SHIN GODZILLA Sequel May Have Been Confirmed

Take this as a rumor for now, but after months of speculation, a sequel to Shin Godzilla may have been confirmed. The latest installment in the Japanese monster franchise generated very mixed reactions. I generally enjoyed it, especially the comic...

Review: It's Oh So Quiet in Kore-eda Hirokazu's AFTER THE STORM

In Kore-eda's world, the storm is not a cause of destruction and pain but a helping agent to bond with each other- something the current Japanese society has lost due to modern life taking its course. But the film is so old-fashioned and soft-edged, it hardly registers on an emotional level. Still a great little film. But after the greatness that was Our Little Sister, After the Storm feels like a minor Kore-eda.

Osaka 2017: Wong Chun's MAD WORLD Takes Top Prize

Director Wong Chun’s debut feature Mad World has been awarded the top prize at Osaka Asian Film Festival 2017. The daring indie drama, which stars Eric Tsang and Shawn Yue, tackles issues of mental illness and the pressures of city...

Osaka 2017: DYNAMITE WOLF Trailer, Japanese Pro Wrestling Fun

One of the highlights of this year’s Osaka Asian Film Festival Indie Forum is a colorful coming-of-age drama, Dynamite Wolf. The film follows young misfit Hirota, who falls in love with pro-wrestling after witnessing local superstar Dynamite Wolf in action....

Osaka 2017: PARKS, Hashimoto Ai Stars In The Trailer For Festival Closing Film

Making its world premiere on Sunday, March 12, director Seta Natsuki’s Parks will close Osaka Asian Film Festival 2017. No stranger to OAFF, Natsuki’s debut feature, A Letter From Elsewhere, played here back in 2009. Indie musical drama Parks stars...

JOURNEY OF THE TORTOISE Takes Top Honors at Yubari Festival

Japanese road movie Journey of the Tortoise was awarded the Grand Prix at the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival earlier today, bagging its director, Tadashi Nagayama, ¥‎2,000,000 towards his next project, which will then premiere at next year's festival.  ...