Tagged with Film review

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

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

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

Film review: The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Film review: The Tale of Princess Kaguya


Studio Ghibli fans, who were heart-broken to hear that the iconic Japanese animation studio recently went on hiatus, will want to head down to a cinema pretty sharp-ish if they want to catch a screening of The Tale of Princess Kaguya, which was released in Japan in 2013. We always seem to see these things much … Continue reading