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Review: OUR LITTLE SISTER Packs A Most Gentle Punch

For years now, Japanese director Kore-eda Hirokazu has been making films that have an uncommonly humanist core. Often emotional, sometimes openly feel-good even, his films somehow never become the saccharine dross they would undoubtedly be in lesser hands. One of...

Have Your Say: What (Or Who) Is Your Favorite Zombie?

It's now almost two weeks ago that I saw the Japanese zombie film I Am A Hero, a movie which surprised me by being unexpectedly awesome. In my review, I said that most zombie films feature a "hero zombie", one...

Ard's Dozen Of Musings About 2015

While I saw more films in 2015 than I had in 2014, I can almost use the same text here that I wrote for my "dozen of musings" article of last year. For again I have a big backlog of...

Kore-Eda Hirokazu's AFTER THE STORM Details Announced

Kore-Eda Horokazu's next film, After the Storm (Umi yori mo Mada Fukaku), will be released in Japan on May 21, 2016, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Kore-Eda's previous two films (Like Father, Like Son and Our Little Sister) debuted at...

Camera Japan 2015 Review: OUR LITTLE SISTER Shows The Cold Through Blissful Warmth

For years now, Japanese director Kore-eda Hirokazu has been making films which have an uncommonly humanist core. Often emotional, sometimes openly feel-good even, his films somehow never become the saccharine dross they would undoubtedly be in lesser hands. One of...

First Trailer For THE CROSSING: PART 1, John Woo's Romantic Epic

Director John Woo returns in true Titanic fashion with his most ambitious film project since the war epic Red Cliff in 2008. Judging by the first trailer for the two-part period drama The Crossing, it seems he spared no expense to bring his...

Watch The First Promo For John Woo's Romantic Epic THE CROSSING

While better known internationally as an orchestrator of high-end violence and mayhem, Hong Kong director John Woo can also handle melodrama. Case in point, his upcoming two-part romantic epic The Crossing.Zhang Ziyi, Kaneshiro Takeshi, Song Hyekyo and Huang Xiaoming star...

Japan Cuts 2014 Review: WOOD JOB! Takes Us Deep Into the World Of Forestry, With Wonderfully Comic Results

The recent Japanese film Wood Job! is not, despite its very suggestive title, a pornographic film, which will either relieve or disappoint you, depending on where your movie tastes happen to lie. Instead, it is the latest comedy by Yaguchi...

Watch The First Trailer For Nature-Friendly Japanese Comedy WOOD JOB!

Japanese filmmakers have that special ability to turn even the seemingly completely unappealing  ideas into truly heart-warming, crowd-pleasing pictures of the most entertaining kind. Given that Wood Job!'s main storyline focuses on a high school graduate, who moves from his...

The Stack: BAY OF BLOOD is Blu, 5 DOLLS FOR AN AUGUST MOON, FROM UP ON POPPY HILL, FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY, THE FUGITIVE Runs Onto Blu And More

In this week's edition of my home entertainment roundup, Bava is beautiful on Blu, old English  character actors fight the undead, Miyazaki offers up another masterpiece, a one armed man almost whips Indiana Jones, and NO PLACE ON EARTH rocks off...

Win A Copy Of Studio Ghibli's FROM UP ON POPPY HILL On DVD And Blu-ray!

Studio Ghibli's From Up On Poppy Hill hits shelves across the USA in a DVD / Blu-ray combo pack September 3rd and it's a charmer. The sophomore film from Miyazaki Goro - son of the famed studio co-founder, Miyazaki Hayao...

Hey, Australia! Check Out Madman's Reel Anime 2013 Massive Giveaway No. 1 (of 5)!

To celebrate the upcoming Reel Anime Festival 2013, Madman is giving you, our dear readers, the chance to win some wonderful prizes! In each of the following 5 weeks in the lead up to the Festival, there will be a new...

Hey Australia! Win Ghibli's Latest FROM UP ON POPPY HILL On DVD Or Blu-ray!

From Up On Poppy Hill is the beautiful new period narrative from the always wonderful Studio Ghibli.Check out our review here!Set in Yokohama, From Up On Poppy Hill is a high school love story that take place in the year...

US Trailer For Studio Ghibli's FROM UP ON POPPY HILL

Though it has taken a little while to arrive on local shores, Miyazaki Goro's sophomore film, From Up On Poppy Hill, hits US screens in March and fans of the studio would do well to check it out. Much more...

Review: FROM UP ON POPPY HILL is a Nice Enough Ghibli Film (Reel Anime 2012)

From Up On Poppy Hill, from Studio Ghibli, is a high school love story that take place in the year before the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics. Umi, a junior year student, falls for the dashing and rambunctious Shun. They are...