The Gun (Japan, 2018) [NYAFF 2019]

On a dark and rainy night, college student Toru Nishikawa (Murakami Nijiro) comes across a handgun. Without much thought, he picks it up and takes it to his home. Later he sees a television news […]

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on Jun, 29 · in Reviews

Shoplifters (Japan, 2018)

About halfway through Hirokazu Kore-eda’s 2018 Cannes winner, Shoplifters, a simple question is met by an unexpectedly harrowing answer. The middle-aged, unemployed Osamu (Lily Franky) asks his daughter Aki (Mayu Matsuoka) what she thinks keeps […]

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on Aug, 28 · in Reviews

Blank 13 (Japan, 2017) [JAPAN CUTS 2018]

Bookending an immeasurable physical and emotional distance father and son stand atop a hospital roof, eyes meeting only out of necessity, silence reluctantly broken for the passing of pleasantries. Testament to the unforgiving neglect and […]

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on Jul, 19 · in Reviews

The Devil’s Path (Japan, 2013) [Japan Cuts/NYAFF 2014]

A brutal journey into the dark heart of Japan’s underworld, The Devil’s Path is a grueling look at the machinations of the yakuza which overcomes a number of flaws due to its unrelenting approach to […]

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