• You're Not Normal, Either!

    You're Not Normal, Either!

    Very simple but way more charming than I was expecting. Narita Ryo is a pure joy to watch once again, showing off his range and dedication to his craft in small details and the ease with which he seems to slip into his roles.

  • Into the Picture Scroll: The Tale of Yamanaka Tokiwa

    Into the Picture Scroll: The Tale of Yamanaka Tokiwa

    A moment of japanese history beautifully illustrated through an original painted scroll by Matabei and a joruri recital. It's experimental and feels different from Haneda's other work I've seen, more narrative than documenting, but still in her own way she lets time flow through hundreds of years, showing the tumultuous and rapid changes of humanity down the torrents of the immortal Kitagamigawa.

    [Screening courtesy of the SOAS Japan Research Center]

  • Minbo: the Gentle Art of Japanese Extortion

    Minbo: the Gentle Art of Japanese Extortion

    I'm convinced Miyamoto Nobuko is a goddess who just descends to the mortal world once in a while to grace us with her charm, wit, beauty, and radiant smile. Her films with Itami are probably some of the best happy pills to exist ❤️

  • The Poem of Hayachine Valley

    The Poem of Hayachine Valley

    Haneda gives a voice to the immortal bodies of nature once again, this time a mountain rather than a tree, but her approach is still one of profound veneration and dedication to a timeless entity that watches over ephemeral humans. Hayachinesan sees generation after generation of hard labor, laughter and tears, of its people passing down precious traditions to their children, hoping that the meaningful aspects of their existence will live on through the ages like the mountain does; changed,…

  • Donkey Skin

    Donkey Skin

    This film is so breathtaking i felt like crying!!! my god!!

  • Mishima: The Last Debate

    Mishima: The Last Debate

    Important piece of history nicely restored with accompanying firsthand testimonies of both tatenokai members and zenkyoto activists who had an active role in the debate and what came before and after.

    My favorite thing is Akuta Masahiko, later a collaborator of Terayama and angura theater director, who just appears with a fucking baby on his hip and ready to fight, smokes a cigarette with the man himself, then declares he's bored and leaves. This in itself might be one of the best angura performances ever made.

  • Crystal

    Crystal

    Like saying goodbye to a younger self that never existed.

  • Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned

    Vanishing Time: A Boy Who Returned

    Beautiful and heartbreaking in the most unexpected ways, ingenious in its exploration of its premise, and surprisingly sensible and intimate, Vanishing Time is a true hidden gem. Brilliantly acted by Kang Dong Won and its amazing child actors lineup, it is both a unique fantasy film and a touching tragedy about fighting loneliness.

  • X: The Movie

    X: The Movie

    Visually, this is everything any CLAMP adaptation should have been, and we can thank Rintaro for that. The script though... doesn't hold up. That's to be expected from trying to condense 18 volumes of an unfinished saga into a sad 97min, but I firmly believe that if they'd allowed it to be a series instead, it could have been a masterpiece. It's one of CLAMP's greatest works, after all.
    Still, it would be worth a remaster with how great it…

  • The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil

    The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil

    what if I just laid on ma dongseok's chest... I just know I would have nice dreams

  • Dislocation

    Dislocation

    A surrealist sci-fi masterpiece from Huang. Daring in both its script and even more in its cinematography, with characters virtually evolving in closed, empty spaces like prisoners of an elaborate Mondrian painting. I've rarely seen such brilliant composition, and it plays at my heartstrings with its eerie geometrical shapes and vivid colors, every shot more beautiful than the previous one.
    Knowing you're gonna love a film and being 100% proven correct is so satisfying. Can't wait to see more Huang, although I can't imagine how anything could top this.

  • Rex: A Dinosaur's Story

    Rex: A Dinosaur's Story

    Watched this mostly as a CLAMP fan, but it was actually really cute. I wish I had Chie's wardrobe.