Modern Love (2017) review

“A great narrative (…) that proves Takuya Fukushima’s talent to craft refreshing narratives and to compose beautiful imagery.”

Meeting with directors: Eiji Uchida.

“When shooting in Tokyo, Uchida and his crew once bet on how long it would take for the yakuza to show up: one minute after they started shooting.” Introduction Yesterday, we had the chance to meet Eiji Uchida, the director of Greatful Dead (2013), Lowlife Love (2015), and Love and Other Cults (2017) at the Belgian…

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…

Mukuro Trilogy (2015) review

“The narratives do underline Katsumi Sasaki’s potential to become one of the best directors of the genre.”

A story of Yonosuke (2013) review

A magnificent and unforgettable encounter with Yonosuke and with the importance of the encounter and the worth of being subject this experience underlines.

Tatara Samurai (2016) review

“Those who are able to visually scrutinize the (…) detailed historical narrative space will (…) enjoy the narrative’s atmosphere and appreciate the pacifistic message about tradition and craftsmanship that this atmospheric narrative formulates.”

Visualized hearts (2016) review

  “Igarashi Akiko does prove herself to be a new fresh voice in the Japanese sci-fi genre and a director to watch.” Introduction From 2012 onward, the Osaka Asian Film Festival has provided a platform named ‘The Indie Forum’ where spectators can see the projects of new and upcoming talent. This year, amazing indies like…

House (1977) Review

“One of the most creative and figurative ghost narratives ever made, that also turns out to be one of the most pure and disturbing confrontations with the uncanny (…). A classic that will long linger in one’s mind.”

I am a Hero (2016) review

“Sometimes disturbing and confronting, sometimes fun, but ever engaging, the narrative underlines the influence society, (…) has on the subject, and how the collapse of a symbolic structure opens up the possibility to rewrite one’s coming into being.”