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The Rap World Makes a Musical?

Tokyo Tribe is the first ever movie/musical to have actors rap their lines! Director Sion Sono does a great job winning new fans from all over the world with some sick  81 more words

Japanese Animation Spotlight: Hal

Hal, Wit Studio’s first public project, is a clever and elegant depiction of grief, the nature of relationships, and the catharsis in moving on.  Set in a technologically advanced and yet anachronistic society, the film briefly introduces the audience to robot Q01 before we learn of an unexpected death that separates the titular character, Hal, from Kurumi, the girl he loves. 550 more words


Perfect Blue

Director: Satoshi Kon
Writer: Sadayuki Murai

I’ve hardly seen much Japanese anime, and the vast majority I have seen has been Studio Ghibli. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, each of the small number of their films’s I’ve seen have been masterful. 694 more words


Let's Talk About: All About Lily Chou-Chou (Review)

Ever since I discovered All About Lily Chou-Chou in 2006, it has held a special place in my heart. Along with Takeshi Kitano’s Sonatine, it is one of the first Japanese films I remember watching and – still unlike anything I have seen since – it remains to this day one of my all-time favourites. 1,118 more words

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ESFS Festival 8, Film 1 - "Dodes'ka-Den"

Dodes-ka’Den (1970; Dir.: Akira Kurosawa)


By Daniel Barnes

Made in 1970 during a period of intense personal and professional turmoil, the ramshackle Dodes’ka-Den… 627 more words

ESFS Festivals

Japanese Animation Spotlight Series

Japanese animation, for the better part of two decades, has become a prominent feature in western society thanks especially to the works of Studio Ghibli, and in particular Hayao Miyazaki. 146 more words


It Isn't So Bad...Right? Top 10 Battle Royale II Moments

So here we finally are: I promised to bring you all this series months ago and now it is finally here! And how do we kick things off? 3,355 more words

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