Japanese cinema

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.

After the Storm

By Gabriela Helfet

Hirokazu Koreeda finds deep meaning in the everyday yet again in this immaculately crafted drama.

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Why I love Hirokazu Koreeda’s Nobody Knows

By Amy Bowker

This understated 2004 drama is a perfect entry point for the Japanese director’s work.

Radiance – first look review

By David Jenkins

Naomi Kawase channels Mills and Boon in this romance about the world of film audio description.

Discover the beastly pleasures of this Japanese werewolf romp

By Anton Bitel

“Sonny” Chiba-starring Japanese genre hybrid Wolf Guy is now available on home video.

Harmonium

By Anton Bitel

A young family comes apart at the seams in this gripping drama from Japanese writer/director Kôji Fukada.

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Is this the greatest film ever made about food?

By Anton Bitel

Juzo Itami’s ‘ramen western’ Tampopo – finally out on Blu-ray – is a culinary romp like no other.

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