One Night (Japan, 2019) [NYAFF 2020]

In his career so far, director Kazuya Shiraishi has chronicled the darker aspects of Japan with true-crime stories featuring outlaws like The Devil’s Path (2013) and Twisted Justice (2016) or by depicting damaged everyday people […]

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on Sep, 01 · in Reviews

Sea of Revival (Japan, 2019) [Japan Foundation Film Tour 2020]

Ikuo (Shingo Katori) is working in Tokyo as a punter, but gets fired. He has a serious gambling problem, wasting all his money and time with a local pal at a velodrome, which irritates his […]

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on Jan, 31 · in Reviews

The Blood of Wolves (Japan, 2018) [NYAFF 2018]

Hiroshima is a prefecture with lots of natural beauty but filmmakers do like to find drama in the dark underbelly of the place, perhaps most famously with Kinji Fukasaku’s 1970s crime film series Battles without […]

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on Jul, 01 · in Reviews

Dawn of the Felines (Japan, 2016) (NYAFF 2017)

Kazuya Shiraishi’s Dawn of the Felines is not a cat zombie film but a melancholic entry in the Roman porno reboot series that provides a look into the lives of three stranded women, whom we […]

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