Category: World Cinema

Rafiki

Director: Wanuri Kahiu Starring: Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva, Neville Misati, Nice Githinji, Nini Wacera, Muthoni Gathecha, Charlie Karumi, Jimmy Gathu, Vitalis Waweru, Githae Njogu Words – Rhiannon Topham Modern cinema is experiencing an exciting political renaissance. Daring narratives that tackle some of society’s most… Continue Reading “Rafiki”

Battle Royale

2000 Director: Kinji Fukasaku Starring: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Tarô Yamamoto, Takeshi Kitano Words: Katherine Guest Battle Royale, a Japanese dystopian thriller, is a film in which violence is made into a spectator sport. More specifically, it is about children on children violence as… Continue Reading “Battle Royale”

Oldboy

Director: Park Chan-wook Starring: Choi Min-sik, Kang Hye-jung, Yoo Ji-tae, Oh Dal-Su, Ji Dae-han Words – Nathan Scatcherd Oldboy has – in the years since its release – become one of the prime examples of ‘extreme’ Asian cinema to really be embraced by Western… Continue Reading “Oldboy”

Princess Mononoke

1997 Director: Hayao Miyazaki Words – Christian Abbott Ghibli fans are like a loving mother, they would never pick a favourite. All are equal in their eyes, each different, each unique, each loved. Yet, there seems to be this vocal minority rising-up that challenge… Continue Reading “Princess Mononoke”

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”

Cult Corner: A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin

1971 Director: Lucio Fulci Starring: Florinda Balkan, Stanley Baker, Leo Genn, Jean Sorel, George Rigaud, Anita Strindberg Words – Nathan Scatcherd A little-seen entry in the filmography of Italian director Lucio Fulci (his better known films include The Beyond, Don’t Torture a Duckling and… Continue Reading “Cult Corner: A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin”

Cold War

2018, Poland/France/UK Director: Pawil Pawlikowski Starring: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot Words: Josh Senior Pawel Pawlikowski returns to cinema for the first time in five years following on from the Oscar winning Ida, another film shot in his trademark gorgeous monochrome. In Cold War he… Continue Reading “Cold War”

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

2000 Director: Ang Lee Starring: Zhang Ziyi, Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh Words – Daniel McMonagle It took a Taiwanese-born director who had previously helmed an adaptation of Sense and Sensibility and the overlooked Civil War Western Ride with the Devil, to bring wuxia to… Continue Reading “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”

Cult Corner: Aelita, Queen of Mars

1924 Director: Yakov Protazanov Starring: Nikolai Tseretelli, Valentina Kuindzhi, Pavel Pol, Yulia Solntseva, Konstantin Eggert, Nikolai Batalov Words – Nathan Scatcherd Aelita, Queen of Mars is a rare beast – a silent, dreamlike Soviet sci-fi romance, splitting its time between two distinct settings. The… Continue Reading “Cult Corner: Aelita, Queen of Mars”