The Tale Of Princess Kaguya (2013) review

“Just like Kaguya-Hime is a gift from heaven, this movie is a gift from Takahata and Studio Ghibli. All what is left for us to do, is to accept and take this gift, cradled in own palms, to our friends and family and share this phenomenal masterpiece.”

[Short movie time] Crying Bitch (2017)

“Reiki Tsuno proves his talent by composing an extremely enjoyable narrative blend of horror, crazy dark humour, and human psychology that truly is able to captivates audiences. “

Born under Crossed Stars (1965) Review

“A narrative with a moral message, that, depending on the situation you find yourself in, might still have a profound impact. If it doesn’t, the narrative still remains a noteworthy introduction to the legend of Seijun Suzuki. “

Tokyo Vampire Hotel (2017) review

“Sion Sono’s poetry questions enjoyment and its function within contemporary Japanese society with ultra-violent precision. This is, in other words, Sion Sono at its finest.” 

Talks With Directors: Kenji Yamauchi

“This movie is a movie that shows theater as it is! The terrace is the only scene that will appear! What is that? Is it unacceptable? But if you watch it, it will be interesting!” Introduction Our next guest for Talks with directors is Kenji Yamauchi, director of Being Mitsuko (2011), her father my lover (2015) and, of course, At…

Talks with Directors: Tadashi Nagayama

“What I wanted my father to do then and, now that I have become a father myself, what I want to do if my child has problems is included in the movie.” Introduction With Journey of the Tortoise receiving a glaring review on this blog, we were very interested to sit down and have a…

Blind Woman’s Curse (1970) review

“Pleasure (…) is to be extracted from the visuals (…) so beautifully framed by the cinematography, and from the way Meiko Kaji with her mesmerizing performance synthesizes the narrative’s mix of genres.”

Outrage Beyond (2012) review

“A tense (…) voyeuristic trip through the private spaces of the gokudōsha that unfortunately is not able to underline the futility of violence in the same palpable way as its predecessor.”

Graveyard of Honour (2002) review

“A fabulous confrontation with the inherent dimension of the self-destructive pleasure, evoking the effects capitalism have on society as a whole along the way.” 

Before We Vanish (2017) review

“Another outstanding achievement; (…) a subdued and at times funny exploration of humanity that subtly shifts into a moving meditation of that irrational little thing called love.”