Fires on the Plain (Japan, 2014)

Fires on the Plain is an anti-war drama that follows Japanese soldier Tamura (Shinya Tsukamoto) who has been thrown out of his platoon due to illness and witnesses the destruction of the field hospital. Deciding […]

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on Oct, 17 · in Reviews

Getting Any? (Japan, 1995)

Takeshi Kitano the director and Beat Takeshi the performer meet together in a manic film about a young man’s increasingly desperate attempt to get laid which becomes a series of prurient slapstick sketches that push […]

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on Oct, 14 · in Reviews

Lowlife Love (Japan, 2015)

An early scene in Eiji Uchida’s determinedly scuzzy indie filmmaking satire Lowlife Love illustrates the rivalries, naked opportunism, and painfully transparent ploys to maintain status that are sadly characteristic of the industrial fringes. At a restaurant, floundering […]

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on Nov, 30 · in Reviews

Uzumasa Limelight (Japan, 2014)

Ken Ochiai’s nostalgic character study Uzumasa Limelight is a welcome Japanese entry in a minor but surprisingly varied category of movies about stunt performers, which includes the Burt Reynolds vehicle Hooper (1978), Richard Rush’s cult […]

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on Apr, 18 · in Reviews

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