Japan

  • Review

    All Night Long 3: The Final Chapter

    Katsuya Matsumura moves away from revenge for the third in the series, and into even nastier territory…

    4 stars
  • Review

    All Night Long 2: Atrocity

    The second part of Katsuya Matsumura’s infamous series lives up to its billing…

    3.5 stars
  • Review

    All Night Long

    The first entry in one of Japan’s most notorious extreme film franchises…

    2 stars
  • Review

    Moriarty the Patriot

    The Napoleon of Crime against the British class system…

    4 stars
  • Review

    The Invisible Man Appears

    Adachi’s mystery sci-fi film remains, after all these years, a highly entertaining narrative…

    3.5 stars
  • News

    5 Asian films to watch at 2021 Berlinale

    Our picks for the summer special accessible for the public from 9 to 20 June…

  • Review

    Dreams on Fire

    A luminously kinetic run through Tokyo’s street dance scene and fine vehicle for dancer Bambi; nothing more nothing less…

    4 stars
  • Review

    Crazy Samurai: 400 vs. 1

    ‘Crazy’ is right for a film that’s essentially a 77-minute, one-take samurai battle scene featuring Tak Sakaguchi…

    3 stars
  • Review

    Sexual Drive

    Promises sexual liberation through food, but is mostly a guy talking dirty to humiliate people…

    2 stars
  • Interview

    Aristocrats interview: “The aim was to show discrepancies between a woman’s feelings...

    We talk to the filmmakers of Aristocrats, premiered at the 2021 IFFR…

  • Review

    Shogun’s Joy of Torture

    The seminal piece in Ishii’s torture series does not disappoint…

    4 stars
  • News

    Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme goes online for 2021

    The Japan Foundation will offer 18 movies for free for UK viewers…

  • News

    OAFF 2021 Reveals Opening and Closing Films

    The film festival kicks off with Man Lim-Chun’s Keep Rolling and ends with Yuya Ishii’s The Asian Angel…

  • News

    Hong Kong International Film Festival set to celebrate Shochiku Cinema’s Centenary

    The showcase will feature a diverse selection of films from the legendary studio’s history

  • Review

    Aristocrats

    Carefully considered drama dissecting class and gender divisions in modern Tokyo…

    4 stars
  • Review

    The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On

    A war veteran’s single-minded search for truth in this seminal documentary…

    4.5 stars
  • Review

    The Ballad of Narayama

    The last year in Grandma Orin’s life, in this Palme d’Or winner…

    4 stars