Tag Archives: japan

Cara’s Blogiversary Bash: Spirited Away (2001)

The lovely Cara of Silver Screen Serenade is celebrating her first blogiversary with a big party! As a part of this momentous occasion, she called upon fellow bloggers to send in something about their most beloved films to celebrate. So, I decided to write a little review (bonus party kangaroos here) of one of my […]

The Garden of Words (2013): Quick-shot review!

A short Japanese anime film about an unlikely relationship between a teenage boy and an older woman, The Garden of Words (2013, dir. Makoto Shinkai) is quite a charming little film. One rainy morning, Takao decides to skip school and go for a walk through the park to enjoy the weather. When wandering through the […]

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

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, and is set up in […]

Princess Mononoke (1997): Quick-shot review!

With the relatively recent retirement of Studio Ghibli genius Hayao Miyazaki, I’ve decided to revisit some of his classics. Princess Mononoke (1997) is one of Miyazaki’s most well-known films, famously ranking sixth on Roger Ebert’s top 10 list of 1999 (his review of the film is also required reading).  This fantastical animated film focuses on the conflict […]

Like Someone In Love (2012): Quick-shot review!

Abbas Kiarostami’s Like Someone In Love (2012) is a divisive but charming film that follows Akiko (Rin Takanashi), a university student who also works as a prostitute. Akiko meets her client for the night: a man old enough to be her grandfather. The situation grows increasingly complicated as her fiance, who is unaware of her […]

Battle Royale (2000): “Life is a game. So fight for survival and see if you’re worth it.”

Around this time of year, film snobs all around the world are crying: “Why should I watch The Hunger Games when I can just re-watch Battle Royale?”. Well, you can watch both since they’re not 100% the same, and they both have their own, very distinctive message for viewers. Battle Royale (2000), directed by Kinji […]

Ichi the Killer (2001): “There’s no love in your violence.”

You should avoid Takashi Miike’s ultra-violent Ichi the Killer (2001) if you have a sensitive stomach at the sight of blood. Needless to say, and as you might be able to tell from its title, it is a very bloody adventure. It tells the story of reluctant murderer Ichi (Nao Omori) and his involvement in the […]

House (1977): The strangest horror film ever?

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 Gorgeous’ aunt’s house in the […]

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

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 random, without any definitive central […]

I Wish (2011): Quick-shot review!

Hirokazu Koreeda’s I Wish (2011) is a bittersweet story told from the separate perspectives of two brothers. Koichi and Ryuunoske are two young boys who have been split across different houses and cities after the breakup of their parents; one living with their mother, and one with their father. They regularly keep in touch on […]