Yamato (California) (Japan, 2016) [JAPAN CUTS, 2017]

The screener of Yamato (California) provided for reviewers comes with the request, “Please watch in the loudest volume possible!!” This leads one to expect that Daisuke Miyazaki’s tale of an aspiring rapper is going to be a […]

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on Jul, 20 · in Reviews

Summer Lights (France, 2016) [JAPAN CUTS 2017]

Summer Lights comes from the award-winning French filmmaker Jean-Gabriel Périot. His past work has consisted of non-fiction shorts about war, human rights, and political struggles. He continues to explore these issues here in his first fiction […]

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on Jul, 17 · in Reviews

Love and Goodbye and Hawaii (Japan, 2017) [JAPAN CUTS 2017]

This might sound like damning with faint praise but, Love and Goodbye and Hawaii is a simple, nicely shot tale of a woman slowly coming to the realisation that a relationship with her ex-boyfriend may […]

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on Jul, 16 · in Reviews

Hengyoro (Queer Fish Lane) (Japan, 2017) [JAPAN CUTS 2017]

It is challenging to provide a summary for Queer Fish Lane. It is introduced as a work about travelling “chain-play” performers, Tarugani and Papajo, whose art is a fusion of film and theater. Later, it […]

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on Jul, 15 · in Reviews

Neko Atsume House (Japan, 2017) [JAPAN CUTS 2017]

Initially, one of the challenges that Neko Atsume House seems to face is to how to make a movie from a video game that does not have much goal or narrative. The game from which […]

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on Jul, 14 · in Reviews

Anti-Porno (Japan, 2016) [JAPAN CUTS 2017]

With any Sono Sion film you expect to get something unusual. With his previous films including his ‘hate’ trilogy of Love Exposure (2008), Cold Fish (2010) and Guilty of Romance (2011), alongside anarchic cult outputs such […]

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on Jul, 13 · in Reviews

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