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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

Takeshi Kitano film review: A Scene at the Sea

Takeshi Kitano film review: A Scene at the Sea


A Scene at the Sea (1991) is quite different from the other Takeshi Kitano Blu-Ray DVD releases that Third Windows have released this year. Most notably, the two main characters do not say a word. Shigeru lives a fairly unexciting life in a coastal town working as a rubbish collector. When he comes across a discarded surfboard, he decides … Continue reading

Film review: Your Name by Makoto Shinkai

Film review: Your Name by Makoto Shinkai


Since Kimi no Na wa (Your Name) was released in Japanese cinemas earlier this year, its director, Makoto Shinkai, has been repeatedly referred to as “the next big thing in anime” and even “the next Hayao Miyazaki”. If you’re not convinced by words alone, perhaps the numbers will sway you. Your Name is now the fifth highest-grossing animated film of all … Continue reading

Dolls: Takeshi Kitano film review

Dolls: Takeshi Kitano film review


Dolls (2002) is the third of several films – by the acclaimed Japanese director Takeshi Kitano – being released by Third Window Films this year. I reviewed the other Kitano films released by Third Window Films so far – Hana-bi and Kikujiro earlier this year – so feel I have some idea (albeit not expert) … Continue reading