Tag: japan

Review: SHIN ULTRAMAN, Bouncy Good Fun

Director Higuchi Shinji says: Silver giants are go!

Review: CURE, Hypnotically Haunting

Masterfully directed by Kurosawa Kiyoshi, the intense murder mystery stars Yakusho Kôji and Hagiwara Masato, now on Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection.

Review: GOODBYE, DON GLEES!, Farewell to Summer. Farewell to Youth.

Directed by Atsuko Ishizuka, the coming of age story is captured in beautiful animation and heartfelt emotions.

Now Playing in Japan: RAGEAHOLIC, Addicted to Anger

And you thought *you* had anger issues. Opening today in Japan, Rageaholic "follows Yakuza-busting police officer Fukama (Yohta Kawase)," according to the official synopsis. "After allowing his overly-violent nature to get the better of him, [he] botches an arrest and...

Review: BABY ASSASSINS, Criminals Like Us

Akari Takaishi and Saori Izawa star in writer/director Hugo Sakamoto's delightful criminal character story. With a lot of blood and bullets.

Fantastic Fest 2022: SMILE and TRIANGLE OF SADNESS to Bookend 17th Edition

In some places, 17 is the legal age to do a lot of things you don't necessarily want your parents to know about. In Austin, Texas, 17 is the legal age to celebrate Fantastic Fest. One of our favorite genre-focused...

Criterion in October 2022: CURE and Other Classics

Kurosawa Kiyoshi's Cure is one of the very few movies that made me stop breathing. I was in the middle of a full house for a screening at Asian Film Festival of Dallas. My blood ran cold. I started breathing...

Fantasia 2022 Review: MY SMALL LAND, Empathy and Omotenashi

I have been told that Japan is a challenging country if you are not born there. But what if you grew up in Japan without being born there?    We first meet high-school senior Sarya at a traditional Kurdish wedding...

New York Asian 2022: FAST & FEEL LOVE Kicks Off 20th Anniversary Edition

Without getting too sentimental, I remember reading about the very first New York Asian Film Festival on a "message board," the early internet incarnation of a worldwide news site. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary edition, the New York Asian Film...

Review: THE DEER KING, Antlers Up!

Directed by Masashi Ando, making his directorial debut, and Masayuki Miyaji, the sweeping fantasy epic opens in select movie theaters this week.

Now on Blu-ray: POMPO THE CINEPHILE, Pure Pleasure, On Repeat

Director Hirao Takayuku serves up a feast for the senses. Now on Blu-ray from GKids and Shout! Factory.

Neuchâtel 2022 Review: SHIN ULTRAMAN, Old School Kaiju Meets New School Thinking

Writer Anno Hideaki and director Higuchi Shinji ('Shin Godzilla') team up again to reboot the venerable 60s television series for the modern day. It's a lot of fun.

Neuchâtel 2022 Review: BAD CITY, Come for the Gangsters, Stay for the Fights

Ozawa Hitoshi stars in a Yakuka thriller, directed by Sonomura Kensuke.

Now on Home Video: PANDA! GO, PANDA!, When the World Was Young

Takahata and Miyazaki, before Studio Ghibli, collaborated on an utterly delightful animated concoction.

Review: FORTUNE FAVORS LADY NIKUKO, Maternal Love, Adolescent Yearning

Director Watanabe Ayumu ('Children of the Sea') orchestrates a gentle, gloriously beautiful symphony of color, illuminating the complexities of adolescence.

Blood Flows Freely in CHARACTER Trailer

An aspiring artist gets far more (very bloody) inspiration that he needs in the new Character trailer. Directed by Nagai Akira, whose previous film was the romantic drama After the Rain (2018), the crime/horror thriller from Japan is described thusly...

Review: POUPELLE OF CHIMNEY TOWN, Heart Warming and Beautiful

Based on a children's book written by Japanese comedian Nishino Akihiro, Poupelle of Chimney Town is an anime film which premièred in Japan on Christmas of 2020. That's a fortuitous time of the year to see it for sure, as...

Review: POMPO THE CINEPHILE, In Praise of Joyful Creative Producers

Directed by Hirao Takayuku, the animated film is a sheer delight, especially for movie lovers.

Now Streaming: SPY X FAMILY, What We All Want

The anime Spring Simulcast Season is upon us! Especially on Crunchyroll.