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Black Tight Killers (1966)

A stylish and visually dazzling romp with lots of action and sensuality

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Yoko (2023) review

A complex full-bodied filmic wine that cannot but stir the spectator’s emotions.

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Bad Lands (2023) review

The incredibly well-crafted narrative structure, fuelled by Sakura Ando’s extremely satisfying performance, ensures that the spectator remains engaged from start and finish

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Undercurrent (2023) review

Imaizumi delivers an engaging but understated emotional experience that explores the deceptive nature of imaginary veil that binds two subjects together.

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Kisaragi Station (2022) review

Thanks to a good narrative structure and pleasant performance this low-budget horror film succeeds in engaging and satisfying the spectator.

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Performing Kaoru’s Funeral (2023) review [OAFF 2024]

Yuasa’s narrative shows that the unavoidable presence of death during a funeral can allow a subject to re-route his own trajectory.

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Faraway Family (2023) review [OAFF 2024]

A very touching narrative that explores the frail position of the father and how his structural failure can cause subjective struggles and inhibitions.

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Blue Imagine (2024) review [OAFF 2024]

A powerful reminder of the sexual transgressions that structurally plague the Japanese film industry

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Snowdrop (2024) review [OAFF 2024]

A complex character portrait that touchingly illustrates how easy it is to misrecognize the logic of the subject-supposed-to-be-in-need.

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Short Movie Time: Perfect・Nervous (2024) review [OAFF 2024]

An exquisitely crafted narrative that touchingly shows that a simple encounter, a simple exchange of signifiers, can turn a wish to die into a desire to life.

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Wash Away (2024) review [OAFF 2024]

A pleasant narrative that offers a fresh but familiar exploration of the subject’s fundamental desire for recognition/love and the problematic yet medicative function of consumption.

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Short Movie Time: On a Boat (2024) review [OAFF 2024]

The exploration of the frail stability of an obsessional neurotic does not miss its impact on the spectator.

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Amalock (2024) review [OAFF 2024]

A narrative that fluidly combines comedy and tragedy to deliver an experience of smiles and tears.

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Sumiko 22 (2024) review [OAFF 2024]

A subtle but playful narrative about a subject who slowly tries to crawl out the hole of emptiness and diminished self-worth.

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Short Movie Time: Ririka of the Star (2024) review [OAFF 2024] 

A narrative that does not merely emphasize the beauty of moving female body, but reveals that such beauty can change subjects.

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Memories of this Scent (2024) review [OAFF 2024]

An endearing and fragrance rich tale of subjective change.

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Ask For The Moon (2022) review [OAFF 2024]

A satisfying narrative that illustrates how the subject’s ego is but a response to his complexes and struggles.

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Suton (2024) review [OAFF 2024]

Rikako Watanabe’s narrative succeeds to echo the unvocalized ‘pandemic’ truth of many.

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Tokyo Revengers 2: Bloody Halloween Destiny (2023) review

A prime example of a cinematic narrative that is solely made for the fans of the manga and the anime.

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Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters (1968) review [The Godzilla Project]

Honda delivers another narrative in which Otherness is feared and a deceptive imaginary sense of societal harmony is subtly celebrated.

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Kingdom III: Flame of Destiny (2023) review

A straightforward action-epic that delivers everything fans of the manga and the anime desire.

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Monster (2023) review

Kore-eda succeeds in delivering an utterly engaging narrative about the fundamental misunderstanding that underpins our fabrication of our truth.

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Immersion (2023) review

Spectators looking for something new and fresh will find little to like about Shimizu’s latest.

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The Fall Of Ako Castle (1978) review

Fukasaku has crafted a period piece that, due to its impeccable dramatic pacing, has to be counted among the best

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Robinson’s Garden (1988) [Japan Cuts 2021]

“Yamamoto is not able to create a composition that engages the spectator with its highly relevant message.”

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Remembering Every Night (2022) review

Kyiyuhara’s narrative brings the spectator in touch in the multitude of subjective effects of the ephemerality of life

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Yudo: The Way of the Bath (2023) review

If one, as spectator, merely seeks a heartwarming story, Suzuki’s film is an easy recommendation.

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Violence Action (2022) review

A mildly entertaining action-comedy that ultimately fails to fully satisfy the spectator.

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Do Unto Others (2023) review

While many spectators will shed tears at the emotional unfolding, our tears lament Maeda’s choice to go full melodrama.

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Amiko (2022) review [Japan Cuts 2023]

A fabulous narrative that explores the destructive effects caused by the radical misunderstanding that marks the field of speech and the refusal to speak to one’s child as…

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The Execution Game (1979) review

A satisfying and stylish conclusion full of captivating action-sequences.

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Kingdom 2: Far and Away (2022) review

An epic and quite emotional experience that sadly fails to reach it full potential by holding on too tight to its shonen-roots.

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Guard from Underground (1992)

Kurosawa’s early slasher is a successful stylistic experiment that anyone who calls himself a fan of Japanese horror should see.

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Character (2021) review

It might not be a film that challenges or subverts the tropes and dynamic of the mystery and thriller genre, but it sure does deliver a satisfying and…

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Man Who Causes A Storm (1957)

Inoue’s rags-to-riches narrative might not escape the territory of predictability, but he puts enough thematical meat on the table so that the spectator, in full knowlegde of how…

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Top 15 Japanese movies 2023

Our Top movies of 2023. Check it out, now.

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The Master Plan / The End of The Tiny World (2021) review

“Pleasant, but ultimately fails to deliver the emotional catharsis it so clearly promises.”

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Funky Forest: the first Contact (2005) review

“Strange, mundane, surprising, deadpan funny, funky, and ethereal all rolled into one.”

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Lonely Glory (2023) review

Sakon succeeds in infusing his narrative about selfish benevolence with a rough emotional naturalness that engages and affects the spectator.   

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Trapped Balloon (2023) review

A touching and visually pleasing narrative about the importance of finding an address for one’s signifiers of suffering

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Following The Sound (2023) review

An incredible narrative about the subject’s struggle to deal with his loss and pain.

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Motherhood (2022)

An enjoyable and engaging exploration of the destructive impact of a subject’s fixation on gaining the (m)Other’s love and that the often-ignored truth that becoming a mother is…

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#Manhole (2023) review

A highly engaging and twist-rich narrative that beautifully illustrates the continued importance of the image for the subject as well as the disastrous effects of the frustration of…

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Techno Brothers (2023) review

An amazing blend of arthouse minimalism and weird deadpan comedy.

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A Far Shore (2022) review

A highly engaging story that explores the destructive effects of a societal field that fails to reach out to subjects-in-need.

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Pure Japanese (2022) review

Matsunaga’s narrative lacks the glue that would put all the parts fluidly together and create a truly impactful action experience.

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Violent Streets (1974)

A nihilistic and violent yakuza classic.

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Village (2023) review

Introduction Michihito Fujji might not be a big name in Japanese cinema, but he has, over the last few years, put himself on the international map, be it…

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