Miyamoto (Japan, 2019) [JFTFP 2021]

Other than good filmmaking, what makes a film especially satisfying? A good ending. Tetsuya Mariko’s Miyamoto starts with a good ending: a couple getting married. But more than this good ending, Miyamoto actually presents a […]

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on Feb, 17 · in Reviews

Japanese Girls Never Die (Japan, 2016) [NYAFF 2017]

Those who read my reviews will know that I am a huge fan of Japanese actress Yu Aoi. Ever since I saw her in Hana and Alice (2004), I have been a great admirer of her […]

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on Jul, 09 · in Reviews

The Case of Hana and Alice (Japan, 2015)

When I first got into film and was immersed by the beauty of it all, I began to realise that I was only into English-language films (and some Hong Kong/Chinese films). But when I discovered […]

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on Oct, 13 · in Reviews

Vampire (Canada/Japan, 2011)

Since the early 2000s, a number of Japanese directors have attempted to make the transition to English-language filmmaking, with Hideo Nakata, Ryuhei Kitamura, Takeshi Kitano and Takashi Shimizu transplanting their specialist genre expertise with varying […]

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on Apr, 29 · in Reviews


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