Tag: japan

WEATHERING WITH YOU Trailer: Japanese Followup to YOUR NAME

How do you follow a highly acclaimed, high-grossing film such as Your Name (2016) ? The answer by director and writer Shinkai Makoto will be unfurled in Japan very shortly: Weathering With You (天気の子 Tenki no Ko, literally "Child of...

Notes on Streaming: Japanese RIVER'S EDGE Walks in Despair

Misery loves company, evidently.

7 SEEDS Trailer Sows Post-Apocalyptic Troubles

Teens tangle with the unknown in new anime series from Gonzo and Netflix.

Notes on Streaming: REVISIONS From Japan, THE DEFECTED From Hong Kong

Plus: Action-comedy 'The Man Who Feels No Pain' arrives from India.

Udine 2019: STILL HUMAN Big Winner at 21st Far East Film Festival

Just 24 hours after receiving the Golden Mulberry for Outstanding Achievement Award, Hong Kong superstar Anthony Wong Chau Sang was gracing the stage at the Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine once again, where his new drama Still Human was awarded...

Notes on Streaming: RILAKKUMA AND KAORU From Japan, POSSESSION From Korea

Plus: Another Japanese show that's definitely not for me -- it's Netflix or bust this month!

Notes on Streaming: ULTRAMAN and TWILIGHT ZONE Return

Plus: Teasing Korean 'Persona.'

Notes on Streaming: Shudder's CRITTERS: A NEW BINGE, Taiwan's GREEN DOOR

Plus: Japan's 'My Husband Won't Fit.'

Japan Foundation Film Programme 2019: People Still Call It Love

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme returns to the UK in February, presenting a diverse lineup of Japanese cinema to audiences across the country. This year's selection is based around the theme of 'love' and is titled People Still Call It Love:...

Review: SHOPLIFTERS, The Comfort Between the Chaos

It’s a common platitude, the choices we make defining us. But what about those we don’t make? The country we live in, the class we’re born into, our family, etc. They may or may not define who we are, but...

Watch: Iwai Shunji's LAST LETTER Gets Affecting, Wispy Trailer

Describing the trailer for Iwai Shunji's Last Letter as "wispy" is meant in the sense that it is fine, light as air video that suggests something is more powerful and affecting than it might look.  More than 20 years ago,...

Lund Fantastic 2018 Review: LIVERLEAF, Teenage Drama and Stylized Violence Collide in a Messy Crash

Full disclosure, I am not familiar with the manga Liverleaf (or as it is called in Japan, Misumisô) was based upon. With that, I fear some of my criticisms may be pointed to the source material and not the film....

Busan 2018 Review: Shinya Tsukamoto's KILLING, a Blunt yet Effective Samurai Drama

A young masterless samurai faces a crisis of confidence when he is called upon to defend a family of farmers from a marauding gang in Shinya Tsukamoto’s small scale samurai drama. Killing is the actor-writer-director’s first film since 2014’s remake...

Toronto 2018 Review: SHOPLIFTERS, Scavenging on Multiple Levels

It’s a common platitude, the choices we make defining us. But what about those we don’t make? The country we live in, the class we’re born into, our family, etc. They may or may not define who we are, but...

Notes on Streaming: BLAME! and GODZILLA: CITY ON THE EDGE OF BATTLE Each Blaze Their Own Desperate Trail

In my last column, I offered up my two-pronged solution to the frequent complaint about Netflix that their flood of new series all have too many episodes that are all too long, suggesting that viewers either try another streaming service...

Marshy's Favourite Asian Movies of 2018 Part 1

2018 is halfway over already, so now is a good moment to cast our eyes back over the last six months, and more specifically, the cinematic offerings that emerged from Asia. Traditionally the first half of the year tends to...

Udine 2018 Review: THE NAME, an Odd but Curiously Absorbing Japanese Indie

There is more than meets the eye in Toda Akihiro’s The Name, an odd but curiously absorbing mystery drama that appears deceptively simple from the outset. Within its modest trappings, this Japanese indie raises some thoughtful existential questions about personal...

Review: LU OVER THE WALL Mixes Merfolk With Humans, Casting a Fabulous Spell

Really, I did not expect a silly animated Japanese fable with Tex Avery feet to make me cry, but sometimes these things happen. Directed by Yuasa Masaaki, whose estimable credits include Mind Game, Genius Party, and the short Kick-Heart, the...

Udine 2018 Review: THE SCYTHIAN LAMB, A Bizarre Genre Hybrid Infused with Kaiju Folklore

In the sleepy coastal town of Uobuka, the statue of a googly-eyed green sea monster named Nororo towers over a precipice. According to legend, Nororo is an evil presence from the sea and whoever looks into its eyes will be...

Udine 2018: South Korean Drama 1987: WHEN THE DAY COMES Takes Top Honours

Jang Joon-hwan's historical drama 1987: When the Day Comes won the Audience Award at the Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy, as the festival wrapped up its 20th edition in fine style. Shuichiro Ueda's meta zombie comedy One Cut...