Shoplifters - Hirokazu Koreeda

Japan at Cannes

Following on from the success of Kore-eda’s ‘Shoplifters’ at last years Cannes Film Festival, we might have hoped for further Japanese films in the 2019 edition, which started on the 14th May. Sadly there are no Japanese entries in any of the official selections. Miike Takashi’s UK-Japan co-production ‘First Love’ screens in the Director’s Fortnight, […]

‘Tis the Season for Horror Films

There is a decrepit apartment complex around the corner from our new office building called “Tsukumo Sou (つくも荘)”, and according to our landlord it is a somewhat famous location where several Japanese scary movies were filmed. Despite my best research efforts, I was not able to identify any of the scary movies that were filmed […]

Godzilla - Toho Studios

A Film Lovers Guide to Tokyo

So you’re in Tokyo and want to see the sights? Fantastic! But you’ve already gone up the Skytree, you’ve already taken the obligatory scramble crossing photo, and you’ve eaten as much ramen and sushi as you can handle. Now you find yourself with a cinephilic itch that demands to be scratched! So where do you […]

The Cloverfield Paradox

The Cloverfield Paradox – Analysis and Top Ten Netflix Japan Picks

This morning Tokyo time, or afternoon/evening US time, Netflix unexpectedly released The Cloverfield Paradox (Julius Onah, 2018), following no long marketing campaign, no press junkets, no big premiere, and no advance critics’ reviews. The film appears to be a more traditional follow-up to the original Cloverfield (Matt Reeves, 2008) than 2016 sequel 10 Cloverfield Lane […]

DSLR Camera

Ten Successful Feature Films Shot on Consumer-Grade Equipment

With the trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s iPhone-shot latest feature, Unsane, dropping this week, and continuing the theme of the democratising effect of newer technologies from my interview with cinematographer Matt De Sousa last week, I would like to highlight ten feature films shot on consumer-grade cameras. I hope some of these films will convince you […]