Zigeunerweisen (Japan, 1980) [JAPAN CUTS 2017]

Seijun Suzuki has been known for his over-the-top stylistic approach to gangster and yakuza films, most famously with his cult classics Tokyo Drifter (1966) and Branded to Kill (1967). His style, developed over the years […]

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on Jul, 22 · in Reviews

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 a wannabe rapper is going to be a full […]

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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

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