Tag: japan

Interview: RIDE OR DIE's Mizuhara Kiko and Sato Honami Test Cinema Sexuality, Gender Norms

  A combustible erotic tale of two opposites drawn together by a shocking act, Netflix’s Ride Or Die is determined from its outset to push envelopes.    Starring Japan’s It Girl, Dallas-born model, fashion designer/entrepreneur, Mizuhara Kiko, and former Gesu...

Review: A GIRL MISSING, Freedom of Expression

Tsutsui Mariko stars in director Fukada Kôji's piercing character study, now streaming on The Criterion Channel.

Review: ON-GAKU: OUR SOUND, Indie Spirit, Bold Artistry

Director Kenji Iwaisawa's marvelously simple film is virtually a one-man master class in animation and musical independence.

Rotterdam 2021 Review: THE WITCHES OF THE ORIENT Celebrates and Experiments With Sports Proficiency

Julien Faraut's 2018 documentary In the Realm of Perfection worked with the recorded footage of a sporting event to speak about philosophy, image creation, editing and the impetus behind proficient sportsmen and women like John McEnroe, the "protagonist" of the...

Review: EARWIG AND THE WITCH, Agency, Control, and Just a Little Magic

Miyazaki Goro directs Studio Ghibli's first 3DCG animated feature, now streaming on HBO Max.

Busan 2020 Review: SPEED OF HAPPINESS Delivers Soothing Snapshot of a Unique Profession

Documentary filmmaker Park Hyuck-jee, known for the charming documentary With or Without You, is back with his latest non-fiction work, his first to be invited to Busan. Set in the mountainous Oze region of Central Japan, the pleasurable and satisfying...

NOT QUITE DEAD YET Trailer: Bringing Back Dad From the Dead

It's a comedy about bringing back dad from the dead! "The feature debut of TV ad director Shinji Hamasaki." according to Mark Schilling in The Japan Times, Not Quite Dead Yet (original title: Ichido Shinde Mita ) released in Japanese...

New LUPIN III: THE FIRST Teaser Only Faintly Recalls Miyazaki

A new teaser for Lupin III: The First only faintly recalls Miyazaki Hayao's 1979 feature film adaptation, but perhaps that is intentional. Released in Japanese cinemas in December 2019, the film has been acquired by GKids for distribution in the...

Review: WEATHERING WITH YOU, Bringing Sunshine on a Dark Day

Shinkai Makoto's followup to the smash-hit 'Your Name' takes an even more fantastical approach to a coming-of-age tale.

Toronto 2020 Review: UNDER THE OPEN SKY Showcases Another Exceptional Yakusho Koji Performance

At the midpoint of Under The Open Sky, Mikami Masao, the ex-convict at the heart of the story, observes, “Prison is the one place they do not throw you out for bad behaviour.” After several on again off again prison sentences,...

Friday One Sheet: UNDER THE OPEN SKY

Three things stand out about this key art for Nishikawa Miwa's Post-Yakuza drama, Under The Open Sky: One, the small hints of pink go a long way. The small "cosmos flowers" figure into the actual film, physically and metaphorically (they...

Now Streaming: CASTLE IN THE SKY, Where Dreams Come True

Miyazaki Hayao directs a terrific animated adventure, now streaming on HBO Max.

Review: A GIRL MISSING Falls Short on Thrills, But Not on Character-Driven Drama

A Girl Missing, the English-language title of Fukada Kôji's follow-up to 2016’s well-received Harmonium, is something of a misnomer or feint. While a girl, a teenage girl, does go missing in A Girl Missing, she reappears a week later, physically,...

FENA: PIRATE PRINCESS Trailer: Orphan Seeks a Place to Belong

Featuring animation by Production I.G., the original series will air on Adult Swim's Toonami and stream on Crunchyroll.

Now Streaming: GIBIATE, A Samurai and a Ninja Fight Monsters

The anime series, now on Crunchyroll and VRV, is filled with brave warriors and fearsome beasts.

Japan Cuts 2020 Review: SACRIFICE, Impressive, Brooding Examination of a Generation Under Siege

The Great Eastern Japan Earthquake of 11th of March 2011, which took the lives of 15,000, seared deeply into the collective Japanese psyche. There have been films dealing with the aftermath of the disaster, manifested into popular culture in myriad...

Japan Cuts 2020 Review: Impending Doom Fuels IT FEELS SO GOOD

Emoto Tasuku and Takiuchi Kumi star in director Arai Haruhiko's romantic tale.

Review: JAPAN SINKS 2020, Goodbye, Land of the Rising Sun

Many, many people die in the masterful anime series from Science Saru (Yuasa Masaaki and Ho Pyeon-Gang), now streaming on Netflix.

Now Streaming: DECA-DENCE, Action and Surprises Galore

The new action-adventure anime show is simulcasting on Funimation and Hulu.

Now Streaming: THE GOD OF HIGH SCHOOL, Kicking People in the Face

A new clip reveals why the anime series on Crunchyroll features a President who resembles Tony Stark, aka Iron Man.