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Review: River (Junta Yamaguchi, 2023)

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In 2020, Japanese director Junta Yamaguchi released his feature film debut Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes, a micro-budget sci-fi comedy with a time-travel theme and an abundance of creativity. The film found success, winning awards at film festivals, and was released internationally on blu ray through Third Window Films. Three years later Junta Yamaguchi has […]

Review: The Funeral (Juzo Itami, 1984)

A review of Juzo Itami’s directorial debut, The Funeral (1984). A playful and human look at the formalities of grieving and how we cope with death. Note: I made a short list of recommendations for Juzo Itami little while ago which also goes into a little bit of detail about his life in general. So, […]

Where To Start With Juzo Itami

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If you have ever been interested in watching the films of Juzo Itami but have never been sure where to start, this list of three recommendations is sure to be immensely helpful!

Review: Linda Linda Linda (Nobuhiro Yamashita, 2005)

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Linda Linda Linda is a film about making friends, making music, and enjoying yourself; something I certainly did while watching. It’s a comfortable, joyous experience with all the catchy hooks and bubblegum fun of the best pop-punk there is. The story of Linda Linda Linda is pretty simple: some high school girls have started a […]

Review: The Makanai: Cooking for the Maiko House

Looking back at some of the posts I’ve written on this site, it’s probably fair to say that I’m a bit of a fan of Hirokazu Kore-eda. When I heard that he would be working with Netflix as show-runner to a TV miniseries based on a manga and with a major focus on food and […]

Blu-Ray Review: Boat People (Ann Hui, 1982, Criterion Collection)

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The Criterion Collection is a distribution company which has been operating for many years, remastering and bringing back to life many old, forgotten or just plain lesser-seen films from around the world. Initially a US-only company, it recently started releasing Blu-Rays in the UK as well. Sadly there are some Criterion films which don’t make […]

Blu-Ray Review: Midnight (Kwon Oh-seung, 2021, Eureka Entertainment)

Being a follower of Eureka Entertainment’s Twitter account, Midnight is a film I’ve been hearing quite a lot about for the past year or so, from its initial limited release (which I sadly couldn’t get to any screenings of) all the way up to its Blu Ray release this week. It’s safe to say I […]

Blu-Ray Review: Armour of God (Deluxe Collector’s Edition, 88 Films)

I have really enjoyed some of Jackie Chan’s Hong Kong action stuff in the past, and also really liked 88 Films recent release of The Young Master, so when I heard about this Armour of God release I was excited. It’s a Jackie Chan film I haven’t seen before, and it sounded like it’d be […]

Review: Goodbye, Dragon Inn (Tsai Ming-Liang, 2003)

“Did you know this theatre is haunted?” The first line spoken by a character in the film, nearly 45 minutes into its running time, perfectly encapsulates the feeling of Goodbye, Dragon Inn.  It’s the final night of business for an old-fashioned Taipei cinema, and 1967 wuxia classic Dragon Inn plays in a cavernous theatre to a […]