Crowdfund This: The Proceedings by John Williams

The Proceedings is the latest project for writer-director John Williams, who has established a successful filmmaking career in Japan since relocating from the UK in 1988. From his lyrical coming-of-age drama¬†Firefly Dreams (2001) to the […]

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on Jul, 28 · in Announcements

Kako: My Sullen Past (Japan, 2016) [JAPAN CUTS 2016]

I honestly had no expectations for this film. I didn’t browse through reviews or watch the trailer. All I knew about it was that Fumi Nikaido and Kyoko Koizumi were the two leads. I have […]

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on Jul, 24 · in Reviews

Emi-Abi (Japan, 2016) [JAPAN CUTS 2016]

Comedic dramas, or dramedies, are an incredibly hard genre to pull off. A delicate balance and an assured hand in directing is key so the audience can be able to accept the switch in genres […]

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on Jul, 23 · in Reviews

Ken and Kazu (Japan, 2015) [JAPAN CUTS 2016]

Hiroshi Shoji’s first feature Ken and Kazu concerns a pair of luckless gangster wannabes who viewers familiar with the tropes of indie crime cinema will immediately mark out as never-will-bes. What this tale of young […]

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on Jul, 22 · in Reviews

The Shell Collector (Japan, 2016) [JAPAN CUTS 2016]

Adapted from the Anthony Doerr short story of the same name, The Shell Collector is a vividly realised fable that tantalises the senses with its phantasmagoric island imagery but an uncertain narrative footing means that […]

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on Jul, 20 · in Reviews

Mohican Comes Home (Japan, 2016) [JAPAN CUTS 2016]

The family drama genre is usually a mixed bag, especially when it has comedic elements that are meant to offset the drama and prevent the film from being a total drag. If the film leans […]

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on Jul, 17 · in Reviews

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