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Exclusive: Watch the Trailer for the Toshiaki Toyoda Collection From Third Window Films

Third Window Films in the UK is gearing up for their next couple of releases for the autumn season with Takeshi Kitano's A Scene at the Sea this week and Kids Return next month, but that is far from the...

Japan Cuts 2016 Interview: Maeda Atsuko Talks THE MOHICAN COMES HOME

Graduated from her best-known role as the first breakout star of Japan’s phenomenally popular all-girl singing group, AKB48, Maeda Atsuko has gone from strength to strength in the acting world, in films directed by the likes of Miike Takashi, Nakata...

17th Japanese Film Festival 2013 Review: THE GREAT PASSAGE Explores More Than The Making Of A Dictionary

Ishii Yuya's (Mitsuko Delivers, Sawako Decides) latest film charts the twelve year development of a 'living dictionary' dubbed The Great Passage. In what is perhaps the most boring concept for a film ever, Ishii's realist style and nice characters that pepper...

Japan Cuts 2013 Review: I'M FLASH!, A Visually and Sonically Stylish Tale of Gangsters and Religious Cultists

Religious cultists, yakuza hitmen, a lovely bar pickup, and a speeding motorcyclist collide, quite literally, in the genre oddity that is I'M FLASH!, the latest from iconoclastic director Toyoda Toshiaki (9 Souls, The Hanging Garden). This time, Toyoda jettisons the...

Review: DENSEN UTA (Masato Harada)

Densen Uta (Suicide Song) is one of those films that is bound to attract the wrong audience. The film is often categorized as a regular J-Horror, case in point the many reviews trying to fault it for not being something...

Toshiaki Toyoda Gets Back To The Angst In I'M FLASH Trailer

[Updated with trailer embed]Japanese director Toshiaki Toyoda carved out a very distinct niche for himself with his first trio of narrative features. Pornostar, Blue Spring and Nine Souls planted the director quite firmly as his nation's pre-eminent auteur of teen...

Review: LIFE CAN BE SO WONDERFUL (Osamu Minorikawa)

Osamu Minorikawa's Life Can Be So Wonderful is a film that illustrates exactly what the recent output of Japanese cinema is missing. It's a very unique, personal and free-form film that exists outside of most genre boundaries and definitions. Just...

Review: 46-OKUNEN NO KOI (Personal Favorites #25)

Takashi Miike still stands as one of my all-time favorite directors, even though the quality of his recent output has somewhat diminished. It isn't easy to pick one film from his vast oeuvre that stands out as his absolute best,...

Tatsuya Fujiwara And Ryuhei Matsuda Star In Toshiaki Toyoda's I'M FLASH

It seems safe to say now that Japanese auteur Toshiaki Toyoda - director of Nine Souls and Blue Spring - is well and truly back. After a well publicized brush with the law very nearly ended Toyoda's career prior to...

NIGHTMARE DETECTIVE 2: Review

Tsukamoto's first Nightmare Detective film marked an important turn in his career. For the first time he made a film of his own (which excludes Hiroku) that had the potential of appealing to a broader audience, without actually forsaking his...