Underdog (2021) review

“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.”

The Family (2021) review

“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.”

Rurouni Kenshin: The Final (2021) review  

“Ohtomo’s does not only preserve the essence of Watsuki’s narrative but delivers this essence with necessary emotionality and adorns it with many breathtaking sword-fighting moments that neither a manga nor an anime can deliver.”

Frantic (2021) review

“Fuji delivers his best movie yet and, quite possibly, the cult-film of the year.”

The Promised Land (2019) review [Nippon Connection 2021]

A beautifully composed and highly relevant narrative about destructive kinds of social violence, a social violence against the Otherness present in the community and an ostracizing violence to turn the once-trusted other into an unwanted Otherness.

New Neighbour (2013) review

“A pleasant narrative that underlines, in more ways than one, the fact that sexuality can be very problematic for a (female) subject.”