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  • Shin Ultraman

    ★★★★½

  • Kitakaze Outsider

    ★★★½

  • A Snake of June

    ★★★★★

  • Japanese Cinema's Provocateur Extraordinaire: Shinya Tsukamoto

    ★★★½

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  • Fish Story

    Fish Story

    ★★★★★

    It's a wonderful, clever and in every aspect well made movie. Should be hyped as f*ck as one of the great modern Japanese movies, but somehow nobody cares.

  • Shin Ultraman

    Shin Ultraman

    ★★★★½

    Not 100% sure, what to think of it. There's a lot going on and a lot of fast talking, so I can't really say that I understood everything. Just read the story on wikipedia again and it makes much more sense, so I think I'll have to watch it again to be able to fully appreciate story and characters. But even like that it was a lot of fun. I know only the first episodes of Ultra Q and the…

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  • My Blood & Bones in a Flowing Galaxy

    My Blood & Bones in a Flowing Galaxy

    Okay, we saw Sabu's Happiness and we know that he's always willing to go some steps too far. And we know that he likes to switch genres and that sometimes leads to stories becoming darker and darker. And this one starts as a very depressing story about bullying at school and for a long time there's one big question: how far will the film shift into something even more uncomfortable than this bullying story. And it goes far. Very far. And it killed me emotionally. If that's what you like, you'll get a great film. Maybe one of the best (at least in recent years).

  • The Chef of South Polar

    The Chef of South Polar

    ★★★★★

    Shūichi Okita is probably one of the most underrated directors in Japan. Only two of his movies have been released in the west, nobody really talks about him or his work (even the Netflix show "Hibana", where he directed some episode and which is maybe the best Netflix show I know, is basically non-existent) and everything I have seen so far, was just wonderful. This movie, too. Feels like a strange take on Japanese family movies (but the family consists…