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19th Far East Film Festival: Teiichi: Battle of Supreme High

Teiichi wants to create his own empire. How’s that possible, you may ask? Well, by controlling the student council at his elite high school, of course. 637 more words


Ghost in the Shell (Japan-UK, 1995) and (US-India-China-Japan-Hong Kong-UK-New Zealand-Canada-Australia, 2017)

It was great to be able to see the original on the big screen. Apart from the ability to see the awesome detail of the cityscape more clearly, it was Kawai Kenji’s score that had significantly more impact when compared to TV viewing. 828 more words


How I’ve Missed Crossing Swords With You: Samurai Queerness in 13 Assassins

Swords, bushido, honor, moral ambiguity, and dazzling fight scenes dance throughout the film 13 Assassin’s by Takashi Miike. 13 Assassin’s production design is a feast for the eyes with elaborate period costumes and hairstyles, beautiful swords,  incredible set design, excellent visuals, special effects, and editing. 1,713 more words

19th Far East Film Festival Opening: The Survival Family

On Friday, 21st April 2017, the Far East Film Festival (FEFF) opened the doors of Italy’s Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine for the 19th time; the selected opening film was Shinobu Yaguchi’s… 791 more words


Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

Formerly a Funimation licensed show, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is an original anime based of the manga of the same name about two brothers on a journey to reclaiming their bodies. 578 more words


Ju-On: The Grudge (Takashi Shimizu, 2002)

This is the J-Horror at its most methodical, although it’s not necessarily always grimly methodical. Shimizu is careful and intelligent, constructing a non-linear narrative that at first seems sloppy but reveals itself as quite tight and able to branch out into further unsettling territory with a number of unexplained, inexplicable visions of the future on the part of the haunted characters. 198 more words

Retribution (2006, Kiyoshi Kurosawa)

“… and only despair was left at the end.”

Another film, like Pulse (2001, Kurosawa), that is about loneliness. In Retribution Tokyo seems almost as empty as at the end of that film, sparsely populated by the odd human, the ruins of past industrialisation and bulldozed lots where condominiums once stood. 770 more words