• Kaguya

    Kaguya

    gays, magic, cute clothes, tokyo tower and the full moon, this shit was so clamp thank you Nagahisa.

  • The Japanese Belly Button

    The Japanese Belly Button

    A considerably underrated ATG film, very meta, with lots of play on reality vs fiction, identity, gender, sexuality, trauma, and some musical numbers.

    + Feels weird to see Miwa in a masculine role, but you fortunately cannot take the Miwa out of the character.

  • To Die Sometime

    To Die Sometime

    An invaluable film built from everyday footage and never seen before photographs of various Zenkyoto 全共闘 activities in the late 60s. The stream of images is accompanied by a melancholic soundtrack of then current music, giving it an atmosphere of personal diary suddenly unearthed from the ashes of time. It is even more valuable as a work by a woman, whom were mostly absent from those spheres and whose perspective on the events is today critically needed and precious.

    Graffiti…

  • Character

    Character

    I know I'm a Suda Masaki stan, he's always amazing, but Fukase SLAYED his role here, what a discovery.
    There were many ways this film could have gone south but it's actually pretty tightly written (aside from ooone little thing at the end) and the manga concept is utilized really well. Nothing really unpredictable happens, but the tension is still strong, oozing out of Nagai's signature gorgeously crafted shots, especially his control of light sources.
    He's never made anything this…

  • Thor: Love and Thunder

    Thor: Love and Thunder

    This was everything I wanted it to be: extremely fun, colorful, gay, camp, and as all Taika films, celebrating family.

  • Curtain Call

    Curtain Call

    One of the best examples of Japan's pro-globalisation pure-80's films, if there is such a genre (there is). Filled with the most on the nose 80's aesthetics out there, a large cast of non-asian extras and a soundtrack filled with banging 80's dance songs, you'd assume such a film would've come out some time in the 2010's as a nostalgic love-letter to a decade past, but the fact that it was released in 1984 proves how Kadokawa (director of Rex,…

  • What to Do With the Dead Kaiju?

    What to Do With the Dead Kaiju?

    My favorite Miki since Ore Ore, with a bigger setup but the same hilarious comedy he's known for and a whole array of insane characters (with some of Miki's favorite faces) to drive the plot.
    It's hard to not say it's "Miki's Shin Godzilla" but it's different enough. Miki said that Tokusatsu fans really disliked the film, which just adds another layer of hilarity. He's making fun of the government but he's also making fun of Tokusatsu as a genre.…

  • Alienoid

    Alienoid

    First off: Kim Woobin's grand comeback to the big screen after a well deserved hiatus battling cancer, and in such an ambitious blockbuster production. What an absolute joy watching him again! I don't have the words!! I missed him so, so much.
    Then obviously Ryu Junyeol, the love of my life, arguably Korea's best young actor currently working, is just flawless. He controls every inch of his character to perfection; his line delivery, his body movements, his facial expressions, emotions,…

  • Convenience Story

    Convenience Story

    As Miki Satoshi said tonight, it's a film that doesn't make any sense, and yet there's so much to take from it: allegories of greek mythology, life and death, a creator's process to write a story, etc. Once again Miki pulls in his attentive eye to detail, with visual symbolism in every frame, perhaps my favorite element about his work. The cast is eclectic but great (Narita Ryo and Miki seemed like a match made in heaven) and while the…

  • Fighting Elegy

    Fighting Elegy

    A cowardly christian boy falls in love with a girl and gets convinced the only way he can avoid the sin of masturbation is by training to become strong and fighting with everyone.

    This might be the funniest Suzuki I've seen to date. The script is seriously insane and every plot point makes absolutely no sense whatsoever; think Cromartie High but made 35 years prior. I'm fully convinced at this point Suzuki was just taking the piss at Nikkatsu, using…

  • Fruits of Passion

    Fruits of Passion

    To my shame as a Terayama fan I'm only seeing this now for the first time. I always have my reserves with European productions of Japanese films and was anticipating being disappointed, so I put it off too much. Thankfully, as all Terayama works, it is beautiful and multilayered. The fruity scenes (pun intended) don't do much for me, but as usual Suzuki Tatsuo's unique camera, Seazer's score, and Terayama's vision with a dash of Tenjo Sajiki presence (and Piitaa's magical charm, of course) is a perfect combination. It's without a doubt a Terayama film, and this is what matters.

  • Carmen from Kawachi

    Carmen from Kawachi

    I just love watching anything Suzuki did after Youth of the Beast and every 5 minutes going "ah yes this must have made the Nikkatsu people bust a vein" this film is Insane™ and it's hard to believe Nikkatsu even released it, but I'm so glad they did. What a journey, the main character is the og girlboss, all the men in this are truly pathetic aside from my love Kawachi Tamio (if I had a nickel every time Kawachi…