Category: Japan

Spirited Away

2001 Director: Hayao Miyazaki Words – Christian Abbott Asking someone to choose a favourite Studio Ghibli film is like asking someone what their favourite song is. It is an ultimately pointless question, as much like music, Ghibli’s filmography feels subjective to mood and emotion.… Continue Reading “Spirited Away”

Shoplifters

2018 Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda Starring: Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Mayu Matsuoka, Jyo Kairi, Miyu Sasaki Words – Joe H. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Shoplifters is an exploration of relationships from director Hirokazu Kore-eda; known for exploring themes… Continue Reading “Shoplifters”

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

2018 Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi Words – Joe H. The dearly loved Studio Ghibli announced it was stopping production in 2014, alongside director Hayao Miyazaki announcing his retirement, and with the passing of Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata (director of Grave of the Fireflies and… Continue Reading “Mary and the Witch’s Flower”

My Neighbour Totoro

1988 – Japan Director – Hayao Miyazaki Words – Christian Abbott Some have called this the gateway film into the works of Studio Ghibli, Hayao Miyazaki, even Japanese animation itself, and it isn’t hard to see why. This is a film about, and a… Continue Reading “My Neighbour Totoro”

Shin Godzilla

2017 – Japan Directed by – Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi Starring – Hiroki Hasegawa, Satomi Ishihara, Jun Kunimara, Ren Osuga Words: Nathan Scatcherd Shin Godzilla is the first Godzilla movie from Toho Studios in twelve years. The studio’s last instalment, Final Wars, was… Continue Reading “Shin Godzilla”

The Boy and The Beast

2015 Director: Mamoru Hosoda Words – Joe H. The fourth Anime feature from award-winning director Mamoru Hosoda – who previously brought us the spectacular vision of the danger in our digitally connected world in Summer Wars, and the critically acclaimed The Girl Who Leapt… Continue Reading “The Boy and The Beast”

Shogun Assassin

1980 Director(s): Robert Houston, Kenji Misumi Starring: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Akihiro Tomikawa, Kayo Matsuo, Tokio Oki Words – Nathan Scatcherd The kind of bloody, balletic Samurai film you rarely see made anymore, Shogun Assassin stands as perhaps one of the finest examples of the Jidaigeki… Continue Reading “Shogun Assassin”

Ran

1985 Director: Akira Kurosawa Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu Words – Christian Abbott Director Akira Kurosawa was 75 when production on this film ended. At this point he was already renowned as one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century, with a… Continue Reading “Ran”