Tag Archives: Sion Sono

Re: Born

Tak Sakaguchi retiring was a bit of a running joke once upon a time, with news reports flipping sides on a near-daily basis. “Today he isn’t retiring, tomorrow he is”. Unfortunately, the ‘speed master’, friend of Sion Sono, and surprisingly good actor within the martial

[Raindance ’15] Slum Polis

In the wake of the Tsunami that hit Japan in 2011, there has been a movement of directors – both high and low profile – who have used that catastrophe to open up a cinematic discourse; one of the more successful examples is Sono’s Land

Cinema Eclectica 31 – Q*bert’s Sex Noises

Ahoy-hoy World, we return. Off the Shelf saw us with the ménage à trois that is Adam Sandler’s Pixels, Sion Sono’s manic epic Love Exposure, and the catastrophic ‘making of’ Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau. Our Film of

Cinema Eclectica 21 – Hey, Hey – Man Tears!

It’s a slow news week because Cannes has rolled around again, but we give it the old college try anyway. In “Off the Shelf” we discuss Fritz Lang’s silent classic Frau Im Mond before discovering the strange wonders of  Second Run’s Polish Cinema Collection Volume

Tokyo Tribe

Nobody has quite the same grasp on the enfant terrible director as Japan: the 1960s and 70s had Seijun Suzuki and Kinji Fukusaku; the modern-day has Takashi Miike and the ever unpredictable Sion Sono. Japanese cinema has never had to try hard to find a

Cinema Eclectica 13 – And BOOM Goes the Herzog

On this week’s episode there’s some verbal fisticuffs for trailer of the week, and we discuss Kevin Smith’s Tusk, Himizu, The Killers, Like Water for Chocolate and the irreplaceable Werner Herzog’s Invincible in Off the Shelf. For our film of the week, we opted for

The Woodsman & The Rain

The Japanese film industry is in a state of instability now, many of the old masters have passed on and the more fashionable names are proving to be inconsistent at best. There a few new names emerging in your Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Sion Sono or Yoshihiro

2013 Movies Preview

2012 is done and dusted; I looked at the best and the rest of last year. The top 10 films I settled on were as diverse as they were remarkable examples showing just how good the world of cinema is at the moment. Even though