The Miracle of Crybaby Shottan (Japan, 2018) [JAPAN CUTS 2019]

Considering that Toshiaki Toyoda made his entry into Japanese films with low-budget punk titles about outsiders like Pornostar (1998), seeing him take on a film about shogi, or Japanese chess, is something of a surprise until […]

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on Jul, 17 · in Reviews

Unforgiven (Japan, 2013) [Japan Cuts 2014]

Unforgiven is Lee Sang-il’s remake of Clint Eastwood’s classic 1992 Western of the same name. It stars Ken Watanabe, who has been seen in such Hollywood blockbusters as Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), The Last […]

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on Jul, 15 · in Reviews

Why Don’t You Play in Hell? (Japan, 2013) [Japan Cuts/NYAFF 2014]

Why Don’t You Play in Hell? is based on a fifteen year old screenplay written by director Sion Sono that he reportedly didn’t make many changes to before shooting. He has described the film as […]

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on Jul, 09 · in Reviews
Audition (Japan, 1999)

Audition (Japan, 1999)

It could be argued that Audition is a film that does not require any introduction, although such a statement refers to the undeniably intense climax of Takashi Miike’s thriller rather than the meticulous build-up that […]

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on Oct, 19 · in Reviews

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