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Review: OUR LITTLE SISTER Packs A Most Gentle Punch

For years now, Japanese director Kore-eda Hirokazu has been making films that 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...

Ard's Dozen Of Musings About 2015

While I saw more films in 2015 than I had in 2014, I can almost use the same text here that I wrote for my "dozen of musings" article of last year. For again I have a big backlog of...

Kore-Eda Hirokazu's AFTER THE STORM Details Announced

Kore-Eda Horokazu's next film, After the Storm (Umi yori mo Mada Fukaku), will be released in Japan on May 21, 2016, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Kore-Eda's previous two films (Like Father, Like Son and Our Little Sister) debuted at...

Watch The Teaser For Mitani Koki's Box Office Topping SciFi Comedy GALAXY TURNPIKE

We are long time fans of Japanese writer-director Mitani Koki around these parts thanks to a long run of incredibly high end comedies, films that jump through multiple genres while maintaining Mitani's distinct voice and a comedy style that borrows...

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...

THE WHITE STORM And SNOWPIERCER Bookend Hong Kong Asian Film Fest

The full line-up for this year's Hong Kong Asian Film Festival has just been unveiled and it looks to be an incredibly strong year, bookended by two of the region's most hotly-anticipated thrillers. Opening the festival on 25 October is...

TIFF 2013 Review: Kurosawa's REAL Is A Bland Disappointment

Acclaimed Japanese director Kurosawa Kiyoshi - a great favorite around these parts - ends a five year absence from feature films with 2013 effort Real, the story of a young man granted the opportunity via high technology to project his...

Dante Lam's UNBEATABLE To Open Hong Kong's Summer IFF 2013

Dante Lam's eagerly awaited mixed martial arts drama, Unbeatable, will have its domestic debut on 13 August, when it opens this year's Hong Kong Summer International Film Festival. Previously entitled MMA, the film stars Nick Cheung and Eddie Peng, and...

Kurosawa Kiyoshi Spills Details On His SciFi Picture REAL

Director Kurosawa Kiyoshi has been a force in Japanese cinema since the release of Cure in 1997 and the subsequent international success that followed. Following his breakout film Kurosawa made something of a name for himself within the J-horror genre...

Kurosawa Creates Worlds In Full REAL Trailer

After four years away from feature films - though he did helm the excellent television miniseries Penance last year - Kurosawa Kiyoshi returns to Japanese screens this summer with scifi drama Real (aka A Perfect Day For Plesiosaur). The first...

Kurosawa's REAL Brings Minds Together In Lightning-Fast First Trailer

Bam! Zoom! Mind meld! The first teaser for Kurosawa Kiyoshi's Real (formerly known as A Perfect Day For Plesiosaur) may not not have any English subtitles, but it still got me plenty excited. Set for theatrical release in Japan on...

Kurosawa's A PERFECT DAY FOR PLESIOSAUR Retitled REAL, Set For June Release

Fans of Kurosawa Kiyoshi, take note. The acclaimed Japanese director's next has landed itself a far more straightforward international title - switching from the cumbersome A Perfect Day For Plesiosaur to Real - and a June 1, 2013 release date...

[J-FILM REVIEWS] おっぱいバレー (Oppai Volleyball)

And to think that the movies make it seem like a stepping stone on the way to adulthood, particularly movies like this. You know, the idea that, once men get past their adolescent fervor, they no longer think about a...

ICHI Review

[This review originally ran as part of our coverage of Sitges 08, but I revisit it now on the occasion of its BluRay release in the UK.] Freshly off a screening of Fumihiko Sori's Ichi - a partial re-envisioning,...