Tag: japanese

Vancouver 2017 Review: GUKOROKU: TRACES OF SIN, a Haunting Debut

Gukoroku: Traces of Sin, a moody Japanese mystery based on Nukui Tokuro's novel, feels like a pristine, preserved relic from the golden age of Japanese horror (think late 1990's, early 2000's). A self-assured and masterfully shot feature-length debut, the film...

10+ Years Later: Beyond AUDITION's Infamy

Audition (Takashi Miike, 1999) is a film whose memory has been all but condensed into a single image: a young Asian woman, soft-featured but wearing an unmistakably sinister side-long glance, holding up a syringe. This image was used for the...

U.S. Poster For Sion's WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL? Keeps It Pink

We're glad that Drafthouse Films did not mess about with the poster for their release of Sono Sion's cult hit Why Don't You Play In Hell? The mass of bodies. Two lone arms, one brandishing a camera, the other a katana...

Vancouver 2013 Dispatch: STRAY DOGS, AIN'T THEM BODIES SAINTS, And LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

Stray Dogs, the perhaps-last-ever film from Taiwanese master Tsai Ming-liang, is a devastatingly sad, quirk-ily mysterious and slithery film. It's hard to pin down the details of the characters' (a father and his two young children) lives, how much time...

Third Window Films Bring The Best Independent Japanese Cinema To Raindance 2013

The 21st Raindance Film Festival, one of the largest independent film festivals in the world, is starting in just a couple of days' time. This year's Festival will be having a special focus on Japanese independent cinema with a strand...

The Teaser For Sono Sion's WHY DON'T YOU PLAY IN HELL? May Be The Most Insane 35 Seconds Ever Teased

At this point it just feels plain crazy to call Sono Sion merely prolific. I mean the man has made  nearly two movies a year for the past five years. But whatever the case may be Sono is a beastly...

Toronto Celebrates The Nikkatsu Centennial With Twitch Curated Series TOKYO DRIFTERS: 100 YEARS OF NIKKATSU

The TIFF Bell Lightbox here in Toronto announced today a major Japanese focus for the upcoming winter season with three major Japanese themed programs among them Japanese Divas: The Great Actresses of Japanese Cinema's Golden Age and The Catch: Japanese...

First Teaser For Otomo's Short Anime COMBUSTIBLE

An old fan favorite has cracked the Oscar shortlist for Best Animated Short with Akira helmer Otomo Katsuhiro in the running with his short film Combustible. The story of an Edo era firefighter and his childhood love reunited in the...

TV Review: MY LITTLE MONSTER

At first glance you have to admit My Little Monster hardly seems that different. It's yet another animated show with a cast of high school kids wondering What It All Means, and another odd couple in the lead. The bookworm...

TV Review: SWORD ART ONLINE

Sword Art Online represents everything wrong with Japanese animation right now. No, seriously - and this isn't because the show is irredeemably bad or anything. Rather it takes a decent premise and over the course of twenty-five episodes proceeds to...

Shinkai Makoto's GARDEN OF WORDS Arrives In 2013

Japanese animator Shinkai Makoto is wasting no time between projects, announcing on his website today that his new film - titled The Garden Of Words - will release in Japanese theaters in the first half of 2013. Titled Kotonoha no...

Meet Jesus and Buddha, Tokyo Flatmates In SAINT YOUNG MEN

So. Jesus Christ and Buddha are in Tokyo, each looking for a roommate when they discover one another. And, hey, why not? They're both enlightened, right? And yet they can quite seem to get the hang of properly sorting their...

Third Window Films Gives Twitch A Peek Into A Great 2013. Tsukamoto, Miike, Kurosawa, Nakamura, & More!

Our good friends at one of the world's finest DVD distribution labels, Third Window Films, have given us an early look at their 2013 schedule, and it looks awesome!Several of these titles are films we've already previewed for TWF in...

They're Small, But They Don't Mess Around. Second Trailer For Cop Comedy KID'S POLICE.

The feature version of Japanese television show Kid's Police - a riff on 70s style, hard boiled crime fare with all of the lead characters played by children - hits screens in March and just a day after we found...

Watch Out Crime! Here Comes A Kid With A Shotgun!

When things get tough in Yokohama there's only one thing to do. Send in the kid. The kid with a shotgun.One of the odder things to cross our desk in recent days, upcoming Japanese effort Kid's Police is a note...

Kaiju Smash! Robo Bash! Here's The Trailer For Del Toro's PACIFIC RIM

On our radar for years now, Guillermo's del Toro's first foray into truly big, big, BIG budget filmmaking is nearly upon us. So after many a teasing image and viral video, we now have a solid, if very standard trailer-cut...