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‘Fireworks’ in UK cinemas this week!

‘Fireworks’ in UK cinemas this week!


Studio Shaft’s Fireworks is the latest anime film coming to UK cinemas (15 November), thanks to All the Anime. Based on a 1990’s live-action TV special Fireworks: Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? from Shunji Iwai that spawned a whole series of ‘what if’ dramas in Japan, it certainly has a … Continue reading

BFI London Film Festival 2017 round-up

BFI London Film Festival 2017 round-up


The BFI London Film Festival 2017 has been and gone! No doubt you’ll have seen one of the many posters on the London Underground and managed to catch at least one film yourself. I caught a few other foreign films but, for the purposes of this blog, here are the three Japanese films I caught. … Continue reading

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