Tag: japan

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.

Now Streaming: TOKYO VICE, Reporter, Hostess, Cop, Thugs

Ansel Elgort, Rachel Keller and Ken Watanabe star in a murder mystery series; Michael Mann directed the first episode for HBO Max.


Two new series on Netflix kick off the Spring 2022 anime season with a lotta cartoon butt.

Now Streaming: PACHINKO, Extreme Prejudice

Minha Kim, Jin Ha, Lee Minho and Yuh-Jung Youn star in a sterling new series, directed by Kogonada and Justin Chon, debuting globally on Apple TV+.

Friday One Sheet: BULLET TRAIN

I am highlighting the key art for this Hollywood-Japan blockbuster starring Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, and Sanada Hiroyuki because I am not entirely sure if the design house, BLT Communications, was aiming for a Japanese train safety card aesthetic or simply phoning...

BEYOND THE INFINITE TWO MINUTES Interview: Junta Yamaguchi on His Inventive Sci-Fi Comedy

In the midst of a pandemic, with limited resources and using an iPhone to shoot, Junta Yamaguchi and his team made one of the most ingenious movies in recent years: Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes. The Japanese sci-fi comedy proves...

10+ Years Later: AIR DOLL Has Not Aged a Day

I saw Kore-eda Hirokazu’s Air Doll on the festival circuit during the fall of 2009, in Toronto.   Watching it again over a decade later, I realized what I had taken away from the film was not so much a...

NYC Happening: MIFUNE Celebrates Japanese Cinema Icon All Month

Celebrating centenary of Mifune Toshiro, the festival presents a month long, 33 features of the Japanese Cinema Icon's work.

Review: BELLE, Feast For the Eyes Leaves a Warm Feeling

At this stage of his career, I think it's pretty safe to say that Mamoru Hosoda has firmly established himself as one of the best contemporary Japanese animation directors. He's also no stranger at the Sitges Film Festival, where he...

'Flash Forward' With Japan Society: Debut Works and Recent Films

An exciting new series of Japanese films kicks off tomorrow in New York City, which is great news for people who live there, but also great news for people who live in North America. The 20-film series, presented by the...

Review: DRIVE MY CAR, Full of Humanity and Warmth

A new film by director Hamaguchi Ryûsuke stars Nishijima Hidetoshi, Miura Tôko, and Kirishima Reika. It opens in NYC on Wednesday, November 24, to be followed by a national roll-out in the U.S.


Two new series and a returning show debuted this week on BritBox, Hulu and Paramount Plus.

Sitges 2021 Review: BELLE

At this stage of his career, I think it's pretty safe to say that Mamoru Hosoda has firmly established himself as one of the best contemporary Japanese animation directors. And he's also no stranger at Sitges, where he has won...

New York 2021 Review: DRIVE MY CAR, Surviver's Guilt, Loneliness and Human Connection

Based on a short story by famed Japanese author Murakami HarukI, from the collections Men Without Women, the film is a skillfully adapted and directed tale of human connection and redemption.

Fantastic Fest 2021 Review: BABY ASSASSINS, Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Akari Takaishi and Saori Izawa star in a killer action comedy, directed by Hugo Sakamoto.

Review: STAR WARS: VISIONS, Undeniably Cool, Undeniably Awesome

The essential anthology series begins streaming Wednesday, September 22 on Disney+.

PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND Interview: Director Sion Sono Talks

In the days of classic Hollywood, directors worked like journeymen, often completing as many as two to three films a year. These days, a successful filmmaker would be lucky to get one made every three years. Yet somehow, for the...