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

Blue Spring (Japan, 2001)

The dawn of the millennium has long become a distant memory but yet those formative years of the noughties bore witness to dystopic visions of youth from Japan’s filmic underground, with 2000’s Battle Royale and […]

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on May, 04 · in Reviews

Before We Vanish (Japan, 2017)

Kiyoshi Kurosawa is often pigeonholed as a horror director whose films frequently finds ghosts lurking in the darkness, but his latest feature Before We Vanish is his first alien invasion movie has the threat occuring […]

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on Feb, 02 · in Reviews

Mohican Comes Home (Japan, 2016) [JAPAN CUTS 2016]

The family drama genre is usually a mixed bag, especially when it has comedic elements that are meant to offset the drama and prevent the film from being a total drag. If the film leans […]

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on Jul, 17 · in Reviews

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