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Japanese Cinema

Dark Water

Hideo Nakata’s Dark Water goes beyond the scares of the menacing vengeful spirit with a solid foundation of drama that clicks into place brilliantly with supernatural horror. More…

Dark Water
In The Realm Of The Senses

Is Nagisa Oshima’s controversial 1975 classic In the Realm of the Senses thought provoking pornography or beautifully filmed sadomasochistic art? You decide. More…

In The Realm Of The Senses
Empire Of Passion

In 1978 Nagisa Oshima followed up his controversial In The Realm of the Senses with Empire of Passion, a traditional ghost story spliced with elements of eroticism. More…

Empire Of Passion
Zatoichi

Takeshi Kitano’s reboot of Zatoichi is pure cinematic pleasure injected with Kitano’s unique sense of humour as we follow the blind swordsman battling the Yakuza. More…

Zatoichi
Ugetsu

Kenji Mizoguchi’s Ugetsu is a beautiful and thoughtful contemplation on the attitudes in war that also gives us insight into the state of mind of the escapee who’s had a change of heart. More…

Ugetsu
My Neighbor Totoro

Hayao Miyazaki’s evergreen classic My Neighbor Totoro sees two young girls having adventures with the forest spirits who live nearby, and who no one else can see! More…

My Neighbor Totoro
Sansho The Bailiff

Kenji Mizoguchi’s beautiful black and white epic Sansho The Bailiff is a tale of grief and hopelessness in a world where most “had not yet awakened as human beings”. More…

Sansho The Bailiff
Ring 2

Hideo Nakata’s follow-up to his highly successful horror film Ring builds on the original concept with an engaging story that takes a closer look at the infamous video tape curse. More…

Ring 2
Ring

One of the most successful Japanese films of all time, Ring is also responsible for bringing the frightening Onryo concept into mainstream cinema for the first time. More…

Ring
The Insect Woman

Shohei Imamura’s film tells the ambitious story of its heroine’s entire life from birth to old age with all of its complexities and pitfalls. It’s at times difficult, but ultimately a rewarding experience. More…

The Insect Woman
Pigs And Battleships

A gloomy story with many despicable characters is wrapped into this wonderfully charming and occasionally farcical comedy in Shohei Imamura’s Pigs And Battleships. More…

Pigs And Battleships
Ikiru

Akira Kurosawa’s black and white classic Ikiru has a remarkable ability to inspire virtually anyone to make a positive change in their lives through the last journey of a dying man. More…

Ikiru
Be Sure To Share

Written and directed by Sion Sono, Be Sure To Share is a somewhat surprisingly straightforward film from the cult filmmaker. It’s a story of a young man trying to reconnect with his dying father. More…

Be Sure To Share
Strange Circus

A deeply unsettling tale of domestic abuse with an insight into the mind of the traumatised, Sion Sono’s Strange Circus is a psychological thriller, but is it too disturbing? More…

Strange Circus
Exte: Hair Extensions

Sion Sono’s take on the vengeful spirit concept popularised in J-horror is coupled with his strength as a storyteller and an oddly disturbing idea in Exte: Hair Extensions. More…

Exte: Hair Extensions

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