Japanese cinema

Discover the time-skipping eroticism of these classic Japanese animes

By Anton Bitel

Third Window Films are releasing two Animerama series films from Astro Boy creator Osamu Tezuka.

Mirai – first look review

By Michael Leader

This delightful Japanese anime is one of the highlights of this year’s Directors’ Fortnight programme.

Mary and the Witch’s Flower

By Trevor Johnston

There’s shades of Spirited Away and Kiki’s Delivery Service in this charming animation from Studio Ponoc.

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Discover the hypnotic mystery of this nihilistic thriller

By Anton Bitel

An entrancing existential streak runs through Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s 1997 film, Cure.

The Third Murder

By Tom Huddleston

Don’t miss this forensically constructed murder story from Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda.

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Anime Beyond Akira: The construction and destruction of cyberpunk Tokyo

By Giacomo Lee

Patlabor 2 and other classic-era sci-fi show the past, present and future of Japan’s capital.

Blade of the Immortal

By Glenn Heath Jr

Takashi Miike is up to his old tricks with this super samurai slaughter-fest.

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Discover the patriarchy skewering thrills of this Japanese splatterfest

By Anton Bitel

Sion Sono’s fantasy horror TAG features one of the most arresting opening sequences in movie history.

Fireworks

By Michael Leader

Despite some initial promise, this striking looking anime from director Akiyuki Shinbô quickly fizzles out.

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Celebrating the centenary of Japanese animation at LEAFF

By Matt Turner

Rare works from Satoshi Kon and Osamu Tezuka were presented at this year’s festival.

How Perfect Blue predicted the disturbing possibilities of the internet

By Daniel Schindel

Satoshi Kon’s cult anime contains a vital message for modern audiences.

Why Hausu remains one of the weirdest horror films ever made

By Taryn McCabe

Forty years ago, directed Nobuhiko Obayashi created a totally unique art-house treasure.

Discover this Japanese epic about the horrors of war

By Anton Bitel

Shinya Tsukamoto’s Fires on the Plain is a harrowing reminder of the futility and madness of human conflict.

Napping Princess

By Michael Leader

This entertaining animated adventure imagines a near-future powered by machines.

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In This Corner of the World

By Michael Leader

This Japanese anime from Sunao Katabuchi doesn’t quite reach the dizzy heights of Studio Ghibli.

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Footprints of a god: Princess Mononoke 20 years on

By Nathanael Smith

The ecological message at the heart of Hayao Miyazaki’s 1997 film feels even more urgent today.

Funeral Parade of Roses offers a peek into a hidden world

By Charles Bramesco

Toshio Matsumoto’s kaleidoscopic masterpiece offers a vital perspective on gender, sexuality and identity.

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