And Your Bird Can Sing (Japan, 2018) [JAPAN CUTS 2019]

Film adaptations of stories by the writer Yasushi Sato have slowly been made over the last decade with Kazuyoshi Kumakiri Sketches of Kaitan City (2010), Mipo Oh’s The Light Shines Only There (2014) and Nobuhiro Yamashita’s […]

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on Jul, 21 · in Reviews

Shorts Showcase: New Directions in Japanese Cinema [JAPAN CUTS 2019]

New Directions in Japanese Cinema (ndjc) is a programme which has been in operation since 2007 with the express purpose of cultivating talented young filmmakers by putting them together with experienced actors and crews in […]

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on Jul, 19 · in Reviews

The Miracle of Crybaby Shottan (Japan, 2018) [JAPAN CUTS 2019]

Considering that Toshiaki Toyoda made his entry into Japanese films with low-budget punk titles about outsiders like Pornostar (1998), seeing him take on a film about shogi, or Japanese chess, is something of a surprise until […]

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The Kamagasaki Cauldron War (Japan, 2019) [JAPAN CUTS 2019]

Kamagasaki is a slum-like part of Osaka’s Nishinari district, notorious for having a high concentration of day labourers, homeless and a history of civil unrest, not to mention its proximity to the Tobita Shinchi red-light […]

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on Jul, 16 · in Reviews

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