Tag: japan

Review: In FAMILY ROMANCE, LLC, Werner Herzog Examines Human Connection in Japan

Werner Herzog's new film, straddling the line between narrative and non-narrative forms, is now available on Mubi.

Review: In THE TRUTH, Kore-eda Hirokazu Goes French

Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, and Ethan Hawke star in Kore-eda Hirokazu's first film shot outside Japan and in a non-Japanese language, with an international cast.

Blu-ray Review: TOKYO OLYMPIAD Stands Tall As an Artistic Commentary on Sports

Ichikawa Kon's magnificent film, now available on a splendid, comprehensive Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection, transcends its 'sports documentary' premise.

First ONYX EQUINOX Trailer: Aztec Boy Journeys to Save Humanity

Whoa! The more I think I know something about anime, the more I realize how little I know. Case in point: the first, rip-roaring trailer for Onyxy Equinox premiered today, catching me off guard with its fresh backgrounds and stirring...

ON-GAKU: OUR SOUND Trailer Presents Deadpan Humor, Hand Drawn Animation

The new On-Gaku: Our Sound trailer has a good beat and you can dance to it. Hailing from Japan, the animated feature film has just been acquired by GKIDS for North American distribution. Directed by Iwaisawa Kenji and based on...

WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES Confirms Theatrical Release Date

Good news for everyone who enjoys "pop-culture obsessed cinema": We Are Little Zombies now has a confirmed theatrical release date, in both virtual cinemas and live cinemas. (For the undead? How appropriate.) Our own J Hurtado reviewed the film out...

Doomsday Doc ME AND THE CULT LEADER: First Trailer, Poster

Set to enjoy its world premiere at the upcoming Sheffield Doc/Fest, Me and the Cult Leader tells the story of the 1995 sarin gas attack in Tokyo from the point of view of one of its victims. But the documentary...

JAPAN SINKS: 2020 Trailer: And There Goes the World

Who needs one more disaster-themed piece of entertainment? A better question: who needs a disaster anime series from director Yuasa Masaaki? Japan Sinks: 2020 is an upcoming series that is drawn from a novel by Komatsu Sakyo, first published in...

New THE GOD OF HIGH SCHOOL Trailer: Keep Fighting, Kids

Should we really be encouraging kids to fight each other? To be fair, the upcoming anime series The God of High School is not encouraging random, violent beatdowns among adolescents, but participation in an official martial arts tournament. We see...


First published in 1996, Rumiko Takahashi's manga series Inuyasha follows a modern-day schoolgirl who is transported back in time to the Middle Ages (the Sengoku period), where she teams up with a half-dog/demon and enjoys many thrilling adventures. The manga...

Now Streaming: DRIFTING DRAGONS, Sailing the Sky in Search of Adventures

The anime series adaptation from Polygon Pictures, now streaming on Netflix, floats on a strong current of likable characters and swirling action.


We've made it to Friday! In times past, Friday has signaled the end of the working week for many of us, a day when we finish up our business before relaxing over the weekend, perhaps devoting our waking attention to...

Now Streaming: GHOST IN THE SHELL: SAC_2045, Love It or Hate It, It's Here

The sci-fi action series, now on Netflix, requires no previous experience with its universe and is ideal for binge-watching.

Feast on WE ARE LITTLE ZOMBIES New Trailer, Poster, Digital Coloring Book

"A charming piece of pop-culture obsessed cinema," according to our own J Hurtado, We Are Little Zombies burst out of the Sundance Film Festival last year and is now heading to theaters from Oscilloscope Laboratories. To celebrate, we have a...

Reflections on Ôbayashi Nobuhiko

Many of us outside of Asia know and love Ôbayashi Nobuhiko predominantly for his wonderfully imaginative, not to mention utterly bonkers, cult favorite, Hausu, from 1977, which grew to legendary status upon the release of its 2009 restoration. Those who lapped...

In THE GOD OF HIGH SCHOOL Trailer, Education Is A Fighting Word

And you thought your high-school experience was rough. The protagonist in The God of High School, Jin Mori, loves to fight, which means he is in a decent position to survive his teen years in the upcoming anime series. Office...

Now Streaming: WOODPECKER DETECTIVE'S OFFICE, Solving Mysteries With the Flair of a Poet

A poet becomes an investigator out of necessity in the lighthearted series, now streaming on Crunchyroll and VRV.

Now Streaming: PRINCESS CONNECT! RE:DIVE, What the Hey, The Landscapes Look Lovely

The Spring 2020 anime season continues with an entry that may intrigue.

Now Streaming: DIGIMON ADVENTURE Bewilders and Baffles While Also Possibly Enchanting

Are you ready for a re-booted anime series about monsters in the digital world? If so, kids, Crunchyroll is the streaming place to be.

Now Streaming: SING "YESTERDAY" FOR ME, Slacker Blues, Get Me Out of Here

The anime adaptation, now available on Crunchyroll, of a long-running manga series creeps slowly to life.