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Ard's Dozen Of Musings About 2018

In 2018 I saw 156 films, or 155 if you count two of the three Deadpool 2s as one. While that may seem like a lot to some people, what this number tells ME is that I've spent less time...

Camera Japan 2018 Review: DESTINY, THE TALE OF KAMAKURA Is Sugar Sweeeeeeeet...

This year, the Dutch Camera Japan Festival is being held for the 13th time, and to celebrate that, its theme is "superstition and the supernatural". Opening the Rotterdam leg of the festival was Yamazaki Takashi's new fantasy Destiny, The Tale...

The Dutch Camera Japan Festival 2018 Reveals Its Great Line-up

September is almost upon us, and here in The Netherlands it doesn't just mean the arrival of Autumn and a downturn in the weather, but also that the Camera Japan Festival will soon start. Beginning in Rotterdam and moving a...

BEFORE WE VANISH: New Trailer For U.S. Theatrical Release

Super LTD will be releasing Before We Vanish the twentieth film from acclaimed horror director Kiyoshi Kurosawa in U.S. cinemas on February 2nd. The director of perennial favorites like Cure and Pulse looked to reinvent the alien invasion movie as...

Camera Japan 2017 Review: In BEFORE WE VANISH, Kurosawa Kiyoshi Gets Emotional

An alien invasion film, made by Kurosawa Kiyoshi? That almost sounds too good to be true. And it is, kind-of. Yes, there is an alien invasion, but not surprisingly, Kurosawa is not much interested in displays of grand destruction, monsters...

Camera Japan 2017 Review: KODOKU MEATBALL MACHINE Minces A Lot Of Meat

Twelve years ago, a small film called Meatball Machine by directors Yamaguchi Yudai and Yamamoto Yun'ichi made a bloody splash in the festival circuit. In it, you could see two star-crossed loners falling in love with each other, only for...

Our Favorite Faces Of Jackie Chan

This week saw the North American wide release of Martin Campbell's thriller The Foreigner, starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan. For Jackie, it's actually his second film in the current box office top-10, as he also voices one of the...

Camera Japan 2017 Review: Lee Sang-il's RAGE Keeps You Guessing

A lot of films tend to look unpolished, and bland, handheld video is often accepted to be good enough it seems. Not so with the films of Lee Sang-il, which look as bright and shiny as if the visuals have...

Camera Japan 2017 Review: LOVE AND OTHER CULTS Minds The Details

It's fair to say that ever since his Greatful Dead was released, we've been fans of director Uchida Eiji. That film presented a decidedly offbeat look at Japanese society, and Uchida showed he wasn't afraid to use pitch-black comedy and...

Camera Japan 2017 Review: NAPPING PRINCESS (aka. ANCIEN AND THE MAGIC TABLET)

Japanese director Kamiyama Kenji has been around in the anime landscape for decades, also as writer, artist, animator, and producer. Peer carefully and you can find his name on the credits of titles like Akira and Roujin-Z already. He is...

Camera Japan 2017: Line-up And Recommendations

Next Wednesday, Rotterdam gets the start of the Camera Japan Festival, which will move to Amsterdam for its second half a week later. This year the fest's theme is based around the island of Kyushu, the source of much of...

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...