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Zipangu Fest Review: KanZeOn (2011)

“KanZeOn”, opening the Japanese Zipangu Festival in London on Friday 18th November, is less a documentary and more a spiritual...

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I Wish (2011) Movie Review

Japanese director Kore-eda Hirokazu returns with “I Wish” (the film’s Japanese title is “Kiseki”, which translates as “Miracle”), a heart...

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Rogue Ninja (2009) Movie Review

“Rogue Ninja” (aka “Fugitive Ninja”) is an earlier outing from “Aliens vs. Ninja” director Seiji Chiba, originally unleashed back in...

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Norwegian Wood (2010) Movie Review

As all supposedly unfilmable novels inevitably seem to, a cinematic Murakami Haruki’s “Norwegian Wood” finally arrived in 2010, some 23...

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Caterpillar (2010) Movie Review

Wakamatsu Koji is a fascinating figure, not only one of the most famous and lauded directors in the uniquely Japanese...

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Yakuza Weapon (2011) Movie Review

Tak Sakaguchi, still probably best known for his iconic performance in Ryûhei Kitamura’s classic “Versus”, returns with “Yakuza Weapon”, an...

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Gantz (2011) Movie Review

One of the biggest and most eagerly awaited Japanese blockbusters for some time arrives in the form of the explosive...

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Karate Girl (2011) Movie Review

Real life Ryukyu Shorin-ryu Karate champion turned action movie actress Rina Takeda follows up her debut “High Kick Girl!” with...

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Helldriver (2010) Movie Review

Japanese production house Sushi Typhoon returns with more blood soaked insanity in “Helldriver”, directed by “Tokyo Gore Police” and “Vampire...

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Pandemic (2009) Movie Review

“Pandemic” sees Japanese cinema again taking on the time honoured disaster movie formula, this time with the tale of a...

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Yamagata Scream (2009) Movie Review

Insane Japanese horror comedy “Yamagata Scream” sees popular actor Takenaka Naoto taking up the directorial reins once again, for a...

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13 Assassins (2010) Movie Review

Prolific cult Japanese auteur Miike Takashi returns with perhaps his most ambitious work yet in “13 Assassins”, a remake of...

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Outrage (2010) Movie Review

In a move that will no doubt please fans of “Violent Cop”, “Sonatine” and his other early works, acclaimed Japanese...

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Summer Wars (2009) Movie Review

Anime. It’s the one medium that I know that can flawlessly integrate genres to create some of the most original...

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Cold Fish (2010) Movie Review

Former poet Sono Sion, easily one of the most consistently interesting and original directors working in the world today, returns...

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