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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.  ...

Osaka 2017: Festival Opens Friday With An Award for Hong Kong Action Icon Kara Wai

The Osaka Asian Film Festival throws open its doors once again this Friday for nine days of new cinema gathered from across Asia. The Opening Gala will include a screening of Yuhang Ho’s Hong Kong action drama Mrs K and...

IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD Trailer: Katabuchi Sunao's Animated, Wartime Tale

After debuting in its native Japan last November, Katabuchi Sunao's In This Corner of the World (Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni) is heading for release in Hong Kong on March 30, and so we have a trailer to gaze upon....

Shimizu Takashi Unleashes His LITTLE NIGHTMARES

It has been a while since Ju-On, Marebito and The Grudge director Shimizu Takashi has managed to make much of an impact with international audiences but for those of us who remember the raw power and impact of his early...

LOVE & OTHER CULTS: Beat-downs and Belly Laughs Rule the Trailer for Uchida Eiji's Latest

Japanese director Uchida Eiji is on a hot streak as of late. Two of his latest features, the Amelie-meets-revenge thriller Greatful Dead, and the self-reflexive look at the indie film scene in Japan Lowlife Love have brought the relatively unknown...

Cruel Beauty: Spend Valentine's Day Weekend with Meiko Kaji at Japan Society!!

In celebration of iconic Japanese actress Meiko Kaji's upcoming 70th birthday and Valentine's Day, Japan Society is throwing a mini retro party of the inimitable actress. Best known for her role as Nami "Sasori (Scorpion)" Matsushima in the Female Prisoner series...

Review: THE RED TURTLE, Gorgeous and Seriously Emotional

Human emotions can be fragile, unpredictable things. However, they can sometimes also be pretty damned predictable. Show someone a kitten and they'll feel an emotional pang. Show a human going through the stages of life from youth to life's logical...

Sundance 2017: World Premiere Trailer and Poster for TOKYO IDOLS

We're not one hundred percent sure if you've heard, but there are some pretty weird subcultures in Japan. Undoubtedly one of the weirdest is the phenomenon of "idols" awesomely described on Wikipedia as "young manufactured stars/starlets marketed to be admired...