Review: Ride Your Wave

*** When 19-year-old surfer Hinako moved to a seaside town to pursue her passion, she never expected the waves to be this choppy… After a fire in her apartment complex ends with her being saved by handsome firefighter Minato, she soon falls in love, and the two begin an all-too-perfect whirlwind romance that looks like […]

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Hidden Gems: Tokyo Godfathers

  ****½ One cold Christmas Eve, A baby cries in Tokyo. Where is your mother? Loosely based on the 1948 John Wayne film 3 Godfathers, Satoshi Kon’s Tokyo Godfathers tells the story of three homeless outcasts who find a new-born baby abandoned on Christmas Eve and set off across the city on a quest to […]

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Review: Promare

***½ The first feature from Trigger, the animation studio behind anime television series such as Kill La Kill and Little Witch Academia, Promare is a sci-fi actioner following a group of high-tech firefighters 30 years after a mysterious event lead to a subset of humans (known as the ‘Burnish’) gaining the ability to control fire. […]

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Manga Madness: Mushishi (2006)

*** If there was ever a live-action manga adaptation that actually looked promising, Mushishi is it. Based on Yuki Urushibara’s award-winning fantasy manga and directed by Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo, the film pairs a story suited to live-action with a skilled director familiar with manga and the process of adapting it for the big screen. […]

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Manga Madness: Death Note (2017)

* Let’s just start with the obvious: Death Note is a mess. Watching it is like ticking off a check-list of How To Make The Worst Manga Adaptation Ever: Adaptation of a multi-volume series in under two hours? Check. Nonsensically altering the plot to make it ‘appeal to a Western audience’? Check. Completely missing the […]

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Hidden Gems: Millennium Actress

***** Ever since her swift rise to fame in the twilight years of World War Two, actress Chiyoko Fujiwara was the brightest star of the Japanese film industry, inspiring dedicated fans across the country. She was the ‘it girl’, the heroine, the princess. And then she was gone. Years after her sudden and unexplained disappearance […]

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