Introduction As the new year is gently unfolding in time, the first recurring reference point is upon us: the 2019 edition of the international Film Festival in Rotterdam. While IFFR, like every year, has an amazing selection of world cinema to enjoy, we want to underline the Japanese highlights of this year. In the first…
“A successful debut for Nanako Hirose”
“(The narrative) breaths much needed fresh air into the rather stale genre of Japanese romance narrative”
“This indie genre-bender is still a narrative worth checking out.”
The time for this narrative to become a cult-classic has finally arrived.
To celebrate the end of this year and to whatever 2019 might bring, we happily release our top ten Japanese movies of 2018.
“One of the best and most entertaining Yakuza/police thrillers in years.”
“A corroboration of the fact that Kore-eda is one of the best directors currently alive.”
“The visual as aesthetic is as important for Tezka’s subjectivity as it was for his father’s subjectivity.”
“And while these alarming narratives might not be able to agitate Japanese politicians, [these narratives] is still a moving warning that everyone should see.”