Japanese cinema

Science-fiction and songwriting find perfect harmony in Carole & Tuesday

By Kambole Campbell

The latest anime series from Shinichirō Watanabe is among his kindest and most soulful to date.

Audiences deserve better than Netflix’s Enter the Anime

By Henry St Leger

This soulless documentary is an insult to subscribers who wanted to learn more about Japanese animation.

Arson at Kyoto Animation Studio takes both a human and artistic toll

By Charles Bramesco

A fire at one of Japan’s foremost animation houses has resulted in the loss of precious life and work.

Tetsuo: The Iron Man and the dark side of transhumanism

By Sam Moore

Shin’ya Tsukamoto’s nightmarish 1989 body horror explores the morbid fusion of biology and technology.

Former Studio Ghibli artists are making a short for the Tokyo Olympics

By Charles Bramesco

A new Studio Ponoc film is the first anime ever commissioned by the IOC.

The complicated history of Godzilla’s gender

By Chris Edwards

Is the default assumption of the giant lizard’s maleness just plain sexism?

Discover the punkish energy of manga-inspired coming of ager

By Anton Bitel

Toshiaki Toyoda’s Blue Spring perfectly captures the fleeting excitement of youth.

Of Love and Law

By David Jenkins

Married gay lawyers in Osaka fight everyday injustice in this delightful, deadpan documentary.

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Why Takashi Miike’s Audition is a piercing feminist film in disguise

By Daisy Phillipson

There’s so much more to this J-horror hit than meets the punctured eye.

Hideo Nakata’s Ring is returning to cinemas for its 20th anniversary

By Adam Woodward

Don’t miss the opportunity to relive this nightmarish J-Horror courtesy of a new restoration.

One Cut of the Dead

By Michael Leader

This madcap meta-horror from Japan’s Shin’ichirô Ueda breathes new life into the zombie genre.

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Why Netflix’s live-action remake of Cowboy Bebop is destined to fail

By Kambole Campbell

Shinichiro Watanabe’s singular ’90s show is yet another classic anime that should be left well alone.

Shoplifters

By Beth Webb

Hirokazu Koreeda’s Cannes storming drama paints a richly humanistic portrait of an unconventional family unit.

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Hirokazu Koreeda: ‘I want to make visible the people the government ignores’

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

The Japanese writer/director discusses the political implications of his Palme d’Or-winning drama Shoplifters.

Discover the erotic grotesquery of this Japanese triptych

By Anton Bitel

The prolific filmmaker Teruo Ishii invented a whole new subgenrre with 1969’s bizarre Orgies of Edo.

Mirai

By Michael Leader

Mamoru Hosoda returns with a charming time-bending tale about two siblings.

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MFKZ

By Gus Edgar-Chan

This French-Japanese anime from directors Guillaume Renard and Shoujirou Nishimi is a twisted joyride.

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