Uchida delivers what very well might be the feel-good movie of the year.
Tag: Kiyohiko Shibukawa
Convenience Story (2022) review [Fantasia Film Festival 2022]
Miki delivers a great psychological mystery narrative, yet it might not be for everyone.
Just Remembering (2022) review [22nd Nippon Connection]
An experience that will stir the spectator’s unconscious and affect his heart.
Sanka: Nomads of the Mountains (2022) review [OAFF 2022]
“A visually enticing narrative that elegantly explores the unresolvable tension between the societal Other and the subject.”
Short critiques: Homestay (2022) review
Seta’s narrative is, despite its flaws, a pleasant narrative that offers an important message.
Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (2021) review
“An essential viewing for all who holds the art of cinema dear.”
Last Of The Wolves (2021) review
“Kazuya Shiraishi delivers, with his sequel, another amazing and highly entertaining yakuza/police thriller.”
Short Movie Time: Go Seppukku Yourselves (2021) review [Japan Cuts 2021]
“An enthralling audiovisual experience and a powerful critique of the Japanese political system.”
Shiver (2021) review
“This audiovisual experience introduces the art of taiko music in a fresh and innovative way – highly intimate and, strange as it may sound, very tactile.”
Closed Ward/Family of Strangers (2019) review
While ‘Family of Strangers’ runs the risk of corroborating prejudices, Hirayama’s narrative also has the potential to make spectators think about the socially embedded nature of mental suffering,
Day of destruction (2020) review [Camera Japan Festival 2020]
“A truly pleasing audiovisual experience but also a powerful poetic exploration of the ills of Japanese society and the need to change it for the better.”
Short Movie Time: A Wolf’s Calling (2019) [Japan Cuts 2020]
“A powerful subjective statement against the prowling nature of the Japanese police.”
A Life Turned Upside Down: My Dad’s an Alcoholic (2019) review [Japannual 2019]
‘Katagiri’s perfectly executed tonal shift turns Saki’s subjective journey into a truly touching experience.’
Another world (2019) review
“A beautifully layered exploration of the problematic nature of relationships – be it due to trauma or due to a subjective oath.”
The Chrysanthemum and The Guillotine (2018) review
“Zeze movingly reveals that the ground for true revolution should be love and its goal the realization of that place where a woman can realize her agency as subject.”