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  • Millennium Actress
  • Perfect Blue
  • Only Yesterday

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  • Samurai Rebellion

    ★★★★

  • When Marnie Was There

    ★★★½

  • Ocean Waves

    ★★★

  • Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold

    ★★★½

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  • Samurai Rebellion

    Samurai Rebellion

    ★★★★

    I've begun to realize that Kobayashi is truly one of the great directors. That man seriously knows how to move a camera. The filmmaking is pretty impeccable, coupled with an absolute powerhouse performance by Toshiro Mifune, along with Tatsuya Nakadai in a great supporting role. Three of the all time greats, coming together to make a film about how those in power will stop at nothing to crush what is pure, just, and true.

    Japanuary 2022

  • When Marnie Was There

    When Marnie Was There

    ★★★½

    I was absolutely blown away by the beauty of the animation. I also think it's an honest and real portrayal of social anxiety and childhood trauma.

    That said, I haven't felt this clickbaited since From Up On Poppy Hill. Ghibli really needs to decide on what conclusion they are going for before they start hinting at romantic vibes.

    Japanuary 2022

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  • Ocean Waves

    Ocean Waves

    ★★★

    Classic coming-of-age romance structure, flashing back to high school dynamics and returning to present day where everything is different, yet old feelings remain. Unfortunately, this movie is missing the heart that makes that structure work. I really enjoyed the ending and the pastel animation of the backgrounds, but this could have been so much better.

    Japanuary 2022

  • The Secret World of Arrietty

    The Secret World of Arrietty

    ★★★★

    Delightful movie. Delightful animation, great music, and a strong female protaganist aka a classic Ghibli film.

    I want to see more in this world!! More adventures with Arrietty, more adventures with Sho. We were promised an entire secret world, but all they gave us was one movie.

    Japanuary 2022