Japanese cinema

Watch the sublime trailer for Hirokazu Koreeda’s After the Storm

By Little White Lies

The Japanese writer/director returns with a typically bittersweet family drama.

Discover the amateur insanity of this Japanese Evil Dead rip-off

By Anton Bitel

Shinichi Fukazawa’s Super-8 gem Bloody Muscle Body Builder in Hell is a throwback to ’80s horror.

Japan’s earliest animated films have been released online

By Little White Lies

Rare shorts from 1917 to 1941 are now streaming in celebration of 100 years of anime.

Why the identity crisis in Ghost in the Shell still resonates today

By Greg Evans

In Mamoru Oshii’s classic anime, characters seek individuality within an increasingly artificial society.

Watch the touching trailer for In This Corner of the World

By Jack Godwin

Sunao Katabuchi’s wartime drama follows a young girl in Hiroshima circa 1945.

An unrealised Akira Kurosawa project is finally being made

By Jack Godwin

The Masque of the Black Death is being developed from a finished script by the late Japanese master.

Is this the most extreme 108 minutes in the history of Japanese cinema?

By Anton Bitel

Destruction Babies is raucous rebel filmmaking at its brutal best.

The J-horror that predicted the rise of internet isolation

By Alex Denney

Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s eerily prescient 2001 film journeys to the heart of technological darkness.

Discover the meta genius of this rough-cut cinematic gem

By Anton Bitel

Japanese director Eiji Uchida’s Lowlife Love is now available to own on DVD and Blu-ray.


By Glenn Heath Jr

Kiyoshi Kurosawa returns to form in this menacing and stylish psychological thriller.


This beautiful video imagines Studio Ghibli characters IRL

By Rebecca Speare-Cole

See your favourite anime characters as they might appear in real-world settings.

Ghost in the Shell is returning to cinemas for one night only

By Mike Tsenti

Mamoru Oshii’s classic anime is being re-released in the UK early next year.

The softcore feminist romp ushering in the Roman Porno New Wave

By Justine Smith

Sion Sono’s Anti-Porno explores the untapped sexual imagination of women.

Watch the epic trailer for Masaki Kobayashi’s The Human Condition trilogy

By David Jenkins

The director’s bold and bleak cinematic vision chronicles life in World War Two-era Japan.

Rare Akira soundtrack set for special edition vinyl reissue

By Adam Woodward

Milan Records are set to release the classic ‘Akira Symphonic Suite’ score.

Sweet Bean

By David Jenkins

Generations collide in this eccentric cookery-themed comedy drama from Japanese director Naomi Kawase.


Akira and the traumatic spectre of nuclear war

By Joe Marczynski

Katsuhiro Ôtomo’s iconic anime mirrors the atrocities witnessed by Hiroshima and Nagasaki 70 years ago.

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