Hanagatami (Japan, 2017) [JAPAN CUTS 2018]

Is there subject matter that film, as a medium, is better at capturing than others? Perhaps it is emotion. Or maybe memory. Filmmakers can examine them in many expressive ways with an incredible range of […]

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Thicker Than Water (Japan, 2018) [JAPAN CUTS 2018]

Keisuke Yoshida’s feature Thicker Than Water is a delightful, dramatic, and relatable film – even for this reviewer, an only child. Kazunari (Masataka Kubota) is a salesman for a printing company whose brother, Takuji (Hirofumi […]

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Mori, The Artist’s Habitat (Japan, 2018) [JAPAN CUTS 2018]

Perhaps it is because of his emerging Western approach to painting, escaping the cruel clutches of Orientalism, but the work of Morikazu Kumagai is largely unknown in the West despite enjoying varying degrees of success […]

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Amiko (Japan, 2017) [JAPAN CUTS 2018]

Amiko is the directorial debut of Yoko Yamanaka, a twenty-year-old from Nagano whose indie film not only won the Audience Award and Hikari TV Award at the Pia Film Festival 2017, but was also featured […]

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