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.”

Introduction 

As zombies have become part of pop culture, it should not come as surprise that zombies or zombie-like creatures have come to be represented in Japanese cinema as well. As narratives like Zombie Ass: Toilet of the Dead (2011), Big Tits Zombie (2010) and the interesting Miss Zombie (2013) imply, the concept of zombies is often given an unique (‘Japanese’) twist.

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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.”

Introduction

Those who have read our top 10 of 2017, might have noticed that Kurosawa’s Before we Vanish received a shared fifth place, without receiving an in-depth review. With the upcoming release of Before We Vanish by Super LTD, from 2 February in selected theaters, we were finally given the opportunity to present our review of Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s (and Sachiko Tanaka’s) adaptation of Tomohiro Maekawa’s stage play.

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