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Japanese Cinema

Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack

Bizarre, grotesque and puzzling, Takayuki Hirao’s monster movie Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack has what it takes to keep us awake when we’d otherwise fall asleep. More…

Gyo: Tokyo Fish Attack
The Castle Of Cagliostro

The Castle Of Cagliostro was legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki’s first animated feature. Or was it? Arpad looks at how the film fits into the auteur’s body of work today. More…

The Castle Of Cagliostro
Tokyo Gore Police

Though drenched with massive amounts of gore and scenes of dismemberment, its satirical context leads Tokyo Gore Police away mere exploitation to make a strong point. More…

Tokyo Gore Police
Origin: Spirits Of The Past

Next in the line of films inspired by the modern environmental movement, Origin: Spirits of the Past is imperfect but nevertheless wholesome entertainment for anime fans. More…

Origin: Spirits Of The Past
Seven Samurai

Akira Kurosawa’s classic story is one of an unlikely alliance between the elite and working class that hits home in our recession-stricken times with a mildly positive message. More…

Seven Samurai
Perfect Blue

Satoshi Kon’s animated feature Perfect Blue is a masterful examination of the world of celebrity and psychosis where reality becomes indistinguishable from delusion. More…

Perfect Blue
Lady Snowblood

Toshiya Fujita’s classic story is one of vengeance in its most determined and uncompromising form that reveals tragedy where one might be tempted to search for nobility. More…

Lady Snowblood
Tokyo Godfathers

Satoshi Kon’s Tokyo Godfathers is a story of benign Christmas miracles with a healthy dose of realism taking us into the world of the homeless where a baby girl is found. More…

Tokyo Godfathers
Noriko’s Dinner Table

Sion Sono’s follow-up to Suicide Club gives further insight into a modern world that we thought we knew, while following young Noriko drawn into a secret society. More…

Noriko’s Dinner Table
Suicide Club

Sion Sono’s mystery horror taps into the zeitgeist with flawless precision revolving around a wave of seemingly unconnected suicides in a dark and disturbing vision of Tokyo. More…

Suicide Club
Ninja Scroll

Yoshiaki Kawajiri’s animated feature takes us back to feudal Japan of the Edo period with a complex mystery and a tragic love story as clans and government fight for power. More…

Ninja Scroll
The Sky Crawlers

Mamoru Oshii’s animated feature shows us an alternate universe where war is isolated from the civilian population by handing it over to corporations and contracted fighters. More…

The Sky Crawlers
Late Spring

Yasujirō Ozu’s first film in his ‘Noriko trilogy’ tells the story of a conservative-minded young woman who’s gently pushed towards finding a man by her father and her aunt. More…

Late Spring
Akira

More than 20 years after its release, Katsuhiro Otomo’s cyberpunk animated classic has never been more relevant, mirroring politics, society and today’s world of science. More…

Akira
Tokyo Story

Yasujirō Ozu’s black and white classic seamlessly builds a profound connection between its characters and the audience with a simple and honest story from post-war Japan. More…

Tokyo Story

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