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Moonlight Shadow (2021) review

“One of the most touching explorations of the inability to mourn and what can enable the subject to embark on the journey of saying goodbye.”

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Legends of the poisonous seductress: Quick-draw Okatsu (1969) review

“Nakagawa offers everything a spectator and fan has come to except from the genre: exciting action and violent exploitation.”

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Short Movie Time: Bath House of Whales (2019) review [Japan Cuts 2020]

Introduction Mizuki Kiyama’s graduation short film Bath House of Whales is a creative reworking of her memories of accompanying her mother, a person of Korean descent living in…

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Spaghetti Code Love (2021) review [Japan Cuts 2021]

“Maruyama’s narrative speaks powerfully to the spectator’s subjectivity – his fears and hopes – and enables his evocation of a glimmer of hope that remains present in this…

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Last Of The Wolves (2021) review

“Kazuya Shiraishi delivers, with his sequel, another amazing and highly entertaining yakuza/police thriller.”

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Short Movie Time: Go Seppukku Yourselves (2021) review [Japan Cuts 2021]

“An enthralling audiovisual experience and a powerful critique of the Japanese political system.”

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461 Days of Bento: A Promise Between Father and Son (2020) review [Camera Japan Festival]

“A heartwarming narrative that does not only affirm that food is what brings people together, but also that the very act of preparing food, in many cases, functions…

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Closet (2020) review [Camera Japan Festival]

“A filmic piece that will not only induce a forlorn feeling in its spectators but also invite them to deeply question their own interpersonal functioning.”

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Between Us (2021) review [Camera Japan Festival]

“A great narrative that celebrates the energetic art of Japanese drumming in pleasing way.”

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I Never Shot Anyone (2020) review [Camera Japan Festival]

“Sakamoto creates a nice, pleasant ride, but one that will be easily forgotten.”  

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Remain in Twilight (2021) review [Camera Japan Festival]

“Matsui delivers another masterpiece that will long linger in the spectator’s mind.”

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The Fable: The Killer who Doesn’t Kill (2021) review [Camera Japan Festival]

“A satisfying sequel that fans of Fable’s first outing should not pass this up.”   

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It’s a summer film (2021) review [Camera Japan Festival]

“A highly entertaining film that offers a nostalgic and touching dive into youthful passion and romantic feelings and lighthearted celebration of indie-filmmaking and often-forgotten beauty o…

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Georama Boy Panorama Girl (2020) review [Fantasia Film Festival]

‘Seta’s poetically composed narrative blows a fresh breeze into the ‘traditional’ Japanese romance genre.’

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Town Without Sea (2020) review [Japan Cuts 2021]

“A visually engaging narrative about the nature of happiness and the importance of desire that is highly relevant for Japanese youth.”

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Mari and Mari (2021) review [Japan Cuts 2021]

“A beautiful narrative that seems to bear no relation to our romantic life at first, but ultimately hits close to home.”    

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The Goldfish Dreaming Of The Sea (2021) review [Japan Cuts 2021]

“Ogawa’s thoughtful lyricism that gives the emotionality of the performances their power to touch the spectator and enables her exploration of the difficulty to separate from one’s mother…

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Talking The Pictures (2019) review [Japan Cuts 2021]

“Mayayuki’s celebration of cinematic history deeply satisfies the spectator’s desire to see cinema as an experience that can touch our being and the art of the benshi triumph.&#82…

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Hiroku The Goblin (1991) review [Japan Cuts 2021]

‘A classic that offers an unforgettable experience that is as touchingly lighthearted as is it disturbingly horrifying.’

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Kiba: Fangs of Fiction (2021) review [Japan Cuts 2021]

“Daihachi Yoshida succeeds in turning Shiota’s interesting story and fascinating world of publishing and bookstores into an engaging and pleasant filmic narrative.”

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The Great Yokai War – Guardians (2021) review [Japan Cuts 2021]

“A pleasant and truly satisfying ride for the whole family.”

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The Great Yokai War – Guardians (2021) review [Japan Cuts 2021]

“A pleasant and truly satisfying ride for the whole family.”

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Dreams of Fire (2021) review [Fantasia Film festival]

“McKie’s film is not only the best dance-film of recent years but might very well be one of the best Japanese films to be released this year.”

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Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko (2021) [Fantasia Film festival]

“A great animation film that offers an emotional and moving celebration of the strength of the bond between a daughter and a mother.”

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Jigoku-no-hanazono ~Office Royale~ (2021) review [Fantasia Film Festival]

“An absurd and crazy cocktail full of violence and funny twists and unexpected turns.”

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Tokyo Revengers (2021) Review [Fantasia Film Festival]

“An exciting blend of satisfying violence, tensive moments, surges of pleasing lightheartedness, and touching emotional moments.”

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Hold Me Back (2020) review [Fantasia Film Festival]

“Ohku delivers, once again, a refreshing and highly touching romance-comedy.”

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A Beast In Love (2020) review [JFFH 2021]

“A divisive exploration of various sides of the crazy little thing called love but also a demented finale, which is as disturbingly violent as it is shockingly romantic.”

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Love, Live, and Goldfish (2021) review [Fantasia Film Festival]

“While Makabe’s narrative does not offer anything truly new or groundbreaking, what it does brings to the table is served with excellence.”

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Follow The Light (2021) review [Fantasia Festival 2021]

The narrative might not offer anything new at a thematical level, but stands out due to his refusal to spell things out and, instead, imply certain subjective truths…

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Short Movie Time: Yamome (2018)

A pleasant short film that highlights that deception in romance finds its ultimate support in the subject’s desire to be loved.

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Flavour of Green Tea Over Rice (1952) review

A heartwarming and lighthearted narrative that shows how women, within the societal device of arranged marriage as well as within the modern device of marriages out of love,…

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Fantasia Film Festival: 7 Films not to miss.

This year, we, once again, explored the wide selection of films screening at the festival to select some films that we, psychocinematography, duly recommend to the audiences.

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R100 (2013) review

“A truly enjoyable comical experience.”

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Blind Bombing, Filmed by a Bat (2019) review [Japan Cuts 2020]

 Introduction Kota Takeuchi is man of many creative talents, but whatever he does – be it painting, filming, or sculpting – it is related to historical or contemporary…

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Giants and Toys (1958) review

A classic that, as a critique of capitalism and materialism, has not lost any of its relevance.

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Hit Me Anyone One More Time (2019) review [Nippon connection Online]

“A pleasant lighthearted narrative that expresses a (vain?) hope for a more thoughtful form of Japanese politics.”

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Extraneous Matter – Complete edition (2020) review [Nippon Connection 2021]

“A great erotic sci-fi narrative that explores, in an engaging way, the need for a certain amount of sexual desire to make the dynamic of a romantic relation…

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His (2020) review [Nippon Connection 2021]

A touching and heartwarming romance drama that captivates the spectator not only because it’s driven by romantic feelings feel genuine, but also because the truth of love is…

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Beyond the two infinite minutes (2021) review [Nippon connection 2021]

“A highly entertaining and cleverly constructed sci-fi film that not only underlines the power of romantic desire, but also reveals how tricky knowing the future can be.”

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Sasaki In My Mind (2020) review [Nippon Connection 2021]

“Uchiyama delivers a great and finely composed narrative that explores the ephemeral character of relationships that find their sole strength in the imaginary, in the thirst for gaining…

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Stormy Family (2019) review [Nippon Connection 2021]

“A great narrative that succeeds in exploring the very way that imaginary injuries and resentments erode family bonds, by causing a subjective blindness for the suffering of the…

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The Town of Headcounts (2020) review [Nippon Connection 2021]

“His dystopian ‘thriller’ does not only masterly highlight, in a chilling way, the various ills that marks contemporary society, but also shows, that within such dystopian world, a…

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Wonderful Paradise (2020) review [Nippon Connection 2021]

A great experiment of the absurd, but its full potential to satisfy the spectator is hindered by its somewhat lackluster composition.  

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The Promised Land (2019) review [Nippon Connection 2021]

A beautifully composed and highly relevant narrative about destructive kinds of social violence, a social violence against the Otherness present in the community and an ostracizing violence to…

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My Blood and Bones in a Flowing Galaxy (2021) review [Nippon Connection 2021]

“A great narrative, due to its emotionally gripping finale and the crystal-clear manner by which Sabu explores and uncovers the impact of a vicious environment on the way…

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New Neighbour (2013) review

“A pleasant narrative that underlines, in more ways than one, the fact that sexuality can be very problematic for a (female) subject.”

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Bolt (2020) review [Nippon Connection 2021]

“A great narrative by Kaizo Hayashi that explores, via the structure fiction, the truth of three different affects – responsibility, guilt, and sadness through loss – during and…

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Under The Open Sky (2020) review [Nippon Connection 2021]

“A (damning) look at the vicious and unforgiven nature of the judgmental Other as well as heartwarming emotionally rich exploration of the importance of supportive inter-subjective social bon…

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Ride Or Die (2021) review

“A highly enjoyable romance narrative that thrives on a rich current of heartfelt romantic and raw natural emotions. “

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