Ben Challoner

East Asian cinema obsessive and host of The Third Window Films Podcast 🤓

Favorite films

  • Sympathy for the Underdog
  • Battles Without Honor and Humanity: Deadly Fight in Hiroshima
  • Doberman Cop
  • Battle Royale

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  • Nobody Knows

    ★★★★★

  • Battle Royale

    ★★★★★

  • New Battles Without Honor and Humanity 3: Last Days of the Boss

    ★★★★

  • The Black Phone

    ★★★½

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  • Nobody Knows

    Nobody Knows

    ★★★★★

    This film is magnificent! One of the most truly tragic and genuinely heartbreaking films I’ve ever seen, yet somehow manages to remain hopeful in Kore-era’s inimitable fashion.

    I thought this would be easier on a rewatch but it still hurts just as much! Kore-eda has such a recognisable style with how he shoots & paces his films, and this slow and inevitable story is perfectly in tune with his sensibilities. It almost feels like a prequel to SHOPLIFTERS with its themes…

  • Battle Royale

    Battle Royale

    ★★★★★

    There was only one way I could finish “Kinji Fukasaku June” and that’s with the Director’s Cut of his game-changing swan song masterpiece! Seeing this in the cinema in 2001 was one of the most influential screenings of my life! 

    Watching this after binging so many of Fukasaku’s other films just makes it an even more impressive piece of work! He was 70 years old when he made it & it’s just as wild & vibrant & energetic as anything he made in…

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  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    ★★★★★

    Yup! DRIVE MY CAR is a slow, sad, sexy masterpiece! I went in hyped to the rafters and it still managed to exceed my expectations. A supremely complex study of grief and guilt but also a truly heart-rending look at relationships in general. As of now this is my film of the year!

  • The Invitation

    The Invitation

    ★★★★

    The Invitation is certainly a slow burn but the payoff is pretty immense. A daunting look at loss, stability & moving on in dark, crazy L.A.