Being Natural (Japan, 2019) [JAPAN CUTS 2019]

Tadashi Nagayama showed that he is not afraid to experiment with style and shifting genres in his debut feature Journey of the Tortoise (2017), which seamlessly blended drama and comedy with a touch of surrealism. […]

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on Jul, 25 · in Reviews

The Island of Cats (Japan, 2019) [JAPAN CUTS 2019]

Cats are the prism through which to view an island town and its community life in Iwago Mitsuaki’s film, based on a manga by Nekomaki. Though unnamed in the film, the island is in direct […]

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Jesus (Japan, 2018) [JAPAN CUTS 2019]

Made during his senior year at Aoyama Gakuin University, Hiroshi Okuyama’s Jesus clocks in at just under seventy-five minutes. But his debut is an emotionally and visually piercing work in the way that it seamlessly […]

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on Jul, 24 · in Reviews

Bullet Ballet (Japan, 1998) [JAPAN CUTS 2019]

Shinya Tsukamoto’s Bullet Ballet is a film about an obsession with a gun. It’s an obsession that starts when Goda (Tsukamoto) learns that his girlfriend Kiriko (Kyoka Suzuki) has committed suicide by shooting herself in […]

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