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Raindance Film Festival 2017 round-up

Raindance Film Festival 2017 round-up


Last week I experienced Raindance Film Festival, now in its 25th year, for the first time. Raindance Film Festival is the largest independent film festival in the UK and it certainly feels like I spent most of last week watching some fantastic films. As this is a Japan blog, I had to focus predominantly on … Continue reading

Watching ‘Fires on the Plain’

Watching ‘Fires on the Plain’


Shinya Tsukamoto has earned himself a cult following both in Japan and abroad, thanks to his previous films such as Tetsuo: the Iron Man and Bullet Ballet. While I have to admit I haven’t seen them, a quick search tell me that as a director, he is known for his artistic and varied use of … Continue reading

The Red Turtle in cinemas now!

The Red Turtle in cinemas now!


Currently gracing select cinema screens is The Red Turtle, which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival 2016. Co-produced by Studio Ghibli and the Wild Bunch, and directed by Dutch-British animator Michael Dudok de Wit, it will steal your heart without saying a word. The Red Turtle has no dialogue and while its story initially seems … Continue reading

After the Storm – coming to cinemas 2nd June!

After the Storm – coming to cinemas 2nd June!


More and more Japanese films have been making their way to UK cinema screens in the last few years. Events such as the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme and screenings of big-name anime films such as Your Name mean more people can discover Japanese cinema. The latest addition to the line-up of ‘Japanese films you should totally check … Continue reading

Film review: Destruction Babies

Film review: Destruction Babies


Destruction Babies is, in a word, violent. I could add a number of adjectives too – unflinchingly violent, unapologetically violent, artistically violent… the list goes on. But this latest release from indie film director Tetsuya Mariko, via Third Window Films, surprises in more ways than one. The premise of the film starts off simply enough. … Continue reading