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Yi Yi: A One and A Two (2000): “Why is the world so different from what we thought it was?”

This film is an example of cinema at its finest. Cinema that makes you consider heavy existential themes, but with a tone that can range from darkly honest, to light and heartwarming; cinema that you think about for days after you’ve finished watching. Yi Yi: A One and A Two (2000, dir. Edward Yang) is […]

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 […]

Love & Pop (1998): Materialism with a cultural twist.

Hideaki Anno’s Love & Pop (1998) explores an activity that is apparently fairly popular in Japan, called enjo-kosai; compensated dating. Hiromi and her three friends are normal, middle-class teenagers in Japan, but they are not immune to the lure of fancy things. They decide to advertise themselves for compensated dating in order to have some […]