Interview with Toshiaki Toyoda

When considering currently acclaimed Japanese filmmakers there are several names that can readily spring to mind. From the exhaustively prolific creations of Takashi Miike to the bombastic and arresting works of Sion Sono or even the award-winning output of Hirokazu Kore-eda. By every right, Toshiaki Toyoda is a name that should be just as well

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Barbara Tezka Review

“There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness.” -Friedrich Nietzche Last year, cinema fans worldwide were able to engage and appreciate the talents of director Macoto Tezuka (officially romanized as Tezka and used here to denote between father and son) thanks to Third Window Films’ restoration and

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Hollywood Edition One Cut of the Dead

In 2017, a little movie from Japan called One Cut of the Dead arrived on scene and took everyone by surprise. Being a micro-budget movie that was only made as a conclusion to an acting workshop, it received a mere week of theatrical run initially, but reviews were rave and positive word-of-mouth spread quickly. It

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Dad, I’m going to make big money. I’ll get revenge on Uchiyama. I’ll avenge mother’s death! Mark my words. The second movie from the Pink Films Vol. 3 & 4 set, apart from Abnormal Family: Older Brother’s Bride (1984), is Kan Mukai’s Blue Film Woman from 1969. Evidently, this particular motion picture greatly differs in

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Let me tell you what my father told me: “Marriage will not give you instant happiness. It’s wrong to assume that marriage will bring nothing but happiness. Don’t wait for happiness to come to you, you must create your own happiness. Marriage does not mean happiness.” I think it is fitting to begin this review

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Suffering of Ninkoi review

Valentine’s greetings to you from Straight Outta Kanto! What would you do, dear readers, if you found yourself in a situation where hordes of bare-breasted lust filled women chased you through rural Edo period Japan in the hopes of making sweet, sweet love with you? No! No need to tell me. I can imagine that

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Straight Outta Kanto here reeling you in with a Third Window Films movie that I can guarantee you won’t be the one who got away… The dictionary defines Fish Story as an “improbable, boastful tale”. Well, on the surface one may agree that Nakamura Yoshihiro’s movie of the same name (based on Kotaro Isaka‘s novel)

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Melancholic Review

If ever there was a personification of “It’s not the Destination, it’s the Journey”, it’s Seiji Tanaka’s 2018 Millennial thriller Melancholic. Released recently in dual format by the pioneeringThird Window Films, this is a slow burn that bubbles and boils in tension until melting point. Kazuhiko is a lacklustre and listless young graduate in modern

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Gemini-Shinya-Tsukamoto

As someone whose first introduction to the legendary Shinya Tsukamoto was through his off-beat, disturbed acting roles in “J-Horror” cult classics such as Ichi the Killer and Marebito, I was apprehensive as to how he would fare behind the camera, as well as in front. However, having recently seen his iconic oeuvre Tetsuo Iron Man

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Japanese artistUjicha has been garnering a cult following, and even before watching this movie, I was aware of the name through buzz coming from the film fests. However, I had remained unconvinced of the unconventional approach to animation, with the use of paper cutouts to tell story. While still frames and trailers reflected a unique

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