Japanese highlights at IFFR 2019.

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…

The Hungry Lion (2017) review

“A confronting narrative (…), [exploring] the power of the imaginary and the destructive effects this imaginary can have on the position of the subject within society (…), that is now needed more than ever. “ Introduction If there is one contemporary Japanese director that is socially engaged, it is Ogata Takaomi. He proved this engagement with…