“A nihilistic and wild exploration of the self-destructive nature of a relentless search for a dose of pleasure.”
“A visually pleasing narrative that explores, with a refined irony, the very problematic dimensions of nationalism.”
“Yamanaka does not only reaffirm that she has talent but also that she improved her compositional style and her storytelling.”
“An extraordinary film that offers a painful investigation of the ungraspable female element that forms a riddle for both man and woman alike.”
“Sawa pleases the spectator with his elegant and, at times, poetic compositions, but also delivers a narrative with a satisfying psychological depth and a rich emotional texture.”
“GMK’s main success lies in its ability to truly speak to the imagination of the spectator – something the recent Hollywood efforts have struggled to accomplish.”
“A meditative and intimate masterpiece with a rich but challenging intertextuality.”
“A enlightening chat with Norman England, the author of “Behind The Kaiju Curtain” (2021)”
Which films impressed us? Which films should you put on your to-watch-list? Find out in our list of best Japanese films of this year.
“A very emotional journey about the difficulties of dealing with loss and lack.”
“A mystery-horror experience that is, in all aspects, better than ‘Howling Village’.”
“Ohtome succeeds in giving Himura’s bloody and tragic coming-into-being its rich and engaging emotional texture.”
“Take’s film powerfully shows that the heroism of the art of boxing lies in the very subjective meaning that power the jabs, the hooks, and the uppercuts.”
“A highly original yakuza narrative that beautifully touches upon the importance that the (idealized) figure of the father can have for a subject’s lifepath.”
We interview Edmund Yeo, the director of one the most pleasant romance narratives of this year.