Category Archives: Reviews

The Foreign Duck, The Native Duck and God in a Coin Locker

Director Yoshihiro Nakamura came to prominence with his 2009 with Fish Story, since then the prolific director has gone on to direct a further 4 features, with 3 more projects in the post-production phase. Back in 2007 the director adapted Kotaro Isaka’s novel, the unwieldy

Isn’t Anyone Alive?

Sōgo Ishii or as he now known Gakuryū Ishii, is one of the many eccentric visualists of Japanese cinema, with films like Electric Dragon 80,000v. With his latest film, based on a stage play by Shirô Maeda, in isn’t anyone alive? The director has calmed

Petty Romance

Japan isn’t the only country in South-East Asia to have a large comic book and animation industry, South Korea does too. It’s that background what informs the meet cute of Kim Jung-Hoon’s romantic comedy, Petty Romance. Struggling manhwa (Korean comic) artist Jeong Bae (Lee Sun-Kyun) finds out

Kotoko

Kotoko is the latest film from Japanese auteur and grandmaster of the disturbing, Shin’ya Tsukamoto. In the film, Japanese folk musician Cocco stars as the titular character that sees many people twice, one good the other bad, unable to tell the difference between the imaginary

Himizu

  After March 2011, director Sion Sono volunteered in Fukushima to do his bit. This caused a considerable delay in the production of his latest project. Afterward volunteering he altered his script of Minoru Furuya’s manga to show the world what really happened that day.

War of the Arrows

Director Han-min Kim’s film The War of the Arrows is something of a rarity in the international reputation of Korean cinema as its focus lies on the second Manchurian invasion of Korea, the Joseon Kingdom in particular. In layman’s terms, the War of the Arrows is about the second

Boca Do Lixo

City of God brought Brazilian cinema into the public consciousness and following on from it there has been a series of gangland thrillers, a strange case of a country typecasting itself, similar to South Korea and its relationship with the revenge thriller. The newest Brazilian

Red Light Revolution

The trouble with reviewing a comedy film is that it’s much like observing a particle: the act of reviewing can cloud and alter the reader’s perception. To explain a joke or gag without context could potentially damage the humor. This film however has created the

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Ikoku Meiro no Croisée

  There has long been a mutual fascination between Eastern and Western cultures, and although modern technology and tourism have made it easier to explore the mysteries of other lands, things were very different during the latter part of the 19th century. At that time,

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Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo

  Stories about the dead coming back to life are a dime a dozen these days, mainly because of the current fascination with zombies and vampires, but rarely do we see a tale that’s more akin to the legends of old, where mighty heroes brave