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'The Nikaidos' Fall': What's in a name? Everything.

Film / Reviews Jan 16, 2019

'The Nikaidos' Fall': What's in a name? Everything.

The weight of tradition threatens to crush a once-great family in "The Nikaidos' Fall," a contemporary drama about people with an unhealthy fixation on the past. Iranian director Ida Panahandeh's film starts in a cemetery and never really leaves the realm of the dead. ...

'His Lost Name': A lack of more than just a name

Film / Reviews Jan 9, 2019

'His Lost Name': A lack of more than just a name

Cinema abounds with tales of imposters and con artists, but some of the most interesting stories are the ones where people get wise to a deception and decide to go along with it anyway. In "His Lost Name," a young drifter arrives in a ...

'A Crimson Star': A taboo and toxic story of love

Film / Reviews Dec 5, 2018

'A Crimson Star': A taboo and toxic story of love

At a time when many aspiring Japanese filmmakers spend years working on other people's movies before having a chance to make one of their own, getting your first feature into cinemas at the age of 22 is no small achievement. Writer-director Aya Igashi was already ...

YMO's Yukihiro Takahashi celebrates a pair of 40th anniversaries

Music Nov 23, 2018

YMO's Yukihiro Takahashi celebrates a pair of 40th anniversaries

The past few years have been a boom time for Japanese reissues, as labels dredge up everything from ambient obscurities to glossy disco-pop for the benefit of listeners who missed them first time around. For Yukihiro Takahashi, it's all a bit confusing. "Do you understand ...

'The Gun': A blast of stylish nihilism

Film / Reviews Nov 7, 2018

'The Gun': A blast of stylish nihilism

Chekhov's principle about how you can't introduce a gun in the first act of a story without using it later on might also apply to Toru (Nijiro Murakami). When the university student impulsively snatches a pistol from a dead body he finds by a riverside ...

Masaaki Yuasa: Anime for the discerning fan

Film Oct 25, 2018

Masaaki Yuasa: Anime for the discerning fan

Masaaki Yuasa is one of the most exciting directors working in Japanese animation today, with a three-decade career behind him. Yet until last year, you may not even have heard of him. Long the filmmaker of choice for discerning anime fans, the 53-year-old has ...