My Friend ‘A’ (Japan, 2018) [Japan Foundation Film Tour 2019]

After sensitively refuting prejudice towards the porn industry with The Lowlife (2017), prolific veteran filmmaker Takahisa Zeze now turns his attention to the scorn that continues to be aimed to criminals even after their debt […]

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on Jan, 29 · in Reviews

The Top Secret: Murder in Mind (Japan, 2016) [JFF2016AU]

Director Keishi Otomo is perhaps best known in the West as the director of the acclaimed Rurouni Kenshin trilogy (2012-2014), but while I enjoyed the majority of that saga (the end was quite anti-climactic in […]

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on Nov, 03 · in Reviews

Prophecy (Japan, 2015) [JFF2015AU]

Yoshihiro Nakamura is a filmmaker that always surprises me. The stories he tells are never what they seem to be on the surface and his attention to character always amazes me. I remember watching my […]

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on Oct, 25 · in Reviews
The Seaside Motel (Japan, 2010)

The Seaside Motel (Japan, 2010)

The latest guest to check-in at the shambolic Seaside Motel – which is actually located in a mountain region – is Masayuki (Toma Ikuta), a traveling representative for a company that specialises in the ‘revolutionary’ […]

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on Jun, 30 · in Reviews

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