Tag Archives: japan

A Timely Blogathon: Gun Woman (2014)

Next up on A Timely Blogathon, hosted by myself and Movierob, is this newest review from Wendell of Dell On Movies. Wendell is the king of blogathons, so I was so happy he joined in on this one! Wendell chose to review Gun Woman (2014) – a film I’m now quite interested in, despite… well, […]

A Timely Blogathon: Garden of Words (2013)

Originally posted on MovieRob:
This post is the next entry in this month’s A Timely Blogathon being run by Anna of Film Grimoire and myself.  This review of Garden of Words (2013) is by S.G. of Rhyme and Reason Check out his site which is filled with movie reviews along with a poetry twist! Tnx…

The Taste of Tea (2004): A sip of whimsy and charm.

Originally posted on FILM GRIMOIRE:
You might be able to tell that I have a special obsession with Japanese film. I find that the surrealism and humour of Japanese film tends to be in a class of its own, and The Taste of Tea (2004) is no exception to this. This charming film follows the movements…

Funky Forest: The First Contact (2005): “What a strange dream.”

Originally posted on FILM GRIMOIRE:
Potential viewers need to be aware that in order to watch Funky Forest: The First Contact (2005), you need to have a healthy tolerance for the more ridiculous aspects of cinema. This film was brought into being by three directors (Katsuhito Ishii, Hajimine Ishimine, and Shunichiro Miki), and is extremely…

Blindspot 2016: Jellyfish Eyes (2015)

Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami is well known for his highly imaginative style, his use of bright colours, and cartoon imagery. In his directorial film debut,  Murakami brings us Jellyfish Eyes (or, Mememe no Kurage), released in 2013 in Japan, and 2015 in the United States. Jellyfish Eyes is an adventurous story about family, friendship, […]

Lost In Translation (2003): “For relaxing times, make it Suntory time.”

Director Sophia Coppola’s second feature film, Lost In Translation (2003) is a story of loneliness, feeling lost, and finding oneself within the context of a foreign ‘other’; whether that is the foreign landscape of Tokyo, or an unknown and unpredictable future. Whilst in Tokyo, jaded movie star, Bob Harris (Bill Murray) is recording an advertisement […]

Tokyo! (2008): Transformation, anarchy, rebirth.

Originally posted on FILM GRIMOIRE:
Tokyo! (2008) is a collection of three short films, tied together by their location and surreal overtones. Three visionary directors team up for this bewildering film, each needing no introduction whatsoever – Michel Gondry, Leos Carax, and Bong Joon-ho. Each of the three short films has its own visual quirks,…

House (1977): The strangest horror film ever?

Originally posted on FILM GRIMOIRE:
If I can promise you one thing about House (1977, dir. Nobuhiko Obayashi), it’s that this will be one of the most bizarre horror movies you will ever experience. It’s a cult film that must be seen to be believed. Six schoolgirls (with ridiculous nicknames) travel to a girl named…

Blindspot 2015: Survive Style 5+ (2004)

A strangely surreal, yet somewhat coherent film, Survive Style 5+ (2004, dir. Gen Sekiguchi) is relentlessly watchable as well as being completely ridiculous. Its synopsis is as follows: The film follows five simultaneous, loosely linked plot lines, that intertwine and scramble together. A man (Tadanobu Asano) keeps killing his wife (Reika Hashimoto) and burying her […]

Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989): Quick-shot review!

What a film. Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989, dir. Shinya Tsukamoto) is a Japanese film about… well… I’m not entirely sure. Handing it over to the capable hands of IMDb for the synopsis: A strange man known only as the “metal fetishist”, who seems to have an insane compulsion to stick scrap metal into his […]