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Chicago Japan Film Collective: Angry Son, A Film That Combats Sexual And Racial Discrimination

Angry Son — the closing film of the 2023 edition of the Chicago Japan Film Collective — focuses on the struggles of adolescence and of fitting in when you feel “different.” Although homosexuality and being biracial should be features intrinsic to our modern society, they are still objects of discrimination and bullying worldwide. Director Kasho…

Plan 75 : Exclusive Interview with Director Chie Hayakawa on the Cannes Winning Film

Recently cinema has delivered several films where elderly characters express their support for euthanasia worldwide, from The Netherlands with Pink Moon, to India with It’s Time To Go and Japan with Plan 75. The latter, directed by Chie Hayakawa is set in a near-to-futuristic landscape in the Land of the Rising Sun.  In this context,…

TV Review: Junji Itō Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre, A Pure Immersion Into An Eldritch Dimension

Junji Ito in Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre, unleashes the genius of a horror anthology on Netflix. The anime series is inspired by the disturbing nightmares of the eponymous mangaka: Junji Itō. In fact, Studio Deen adapts the exquisite original material through twelve episodes, that feature twenty different stories (some episodes condense two tales)….

Chicago Japan Film Collective: Ainu – Indigenous People of Japan, A Testament To The Valiancy Of A Culture

Ainu means “human” in Ainu language. This is exactly the pursuit of film director Naomi Mizoguchi who through her Ainu – Indigenous People of Japan  — part of the 2022 edition of the Chicago Japan Film Collective — shares the humanity of this culture nestled in Hokkaido.  The film craftily conducts this filmic experience through…

EarthX Film Festival: Fire Of Love, An Alchemic Eruption Of The Volcanic Couple

Fire of Love is a documentary film, directed, written, and produced by Sara Dosa, that had its world premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival — where it won the Jonathan Oppenheim Editing Award in the U.S. Documentary category. It also also screened at South by Southwest and it is currently part of the EarthX…

Netflix’s The Journalist, Serves As A Universal Paradigm Of Politics Crumbling Under The Burden Of Corruption

Drama series The Journalist shares the same Japanese title “Shinbun Kisha” of the 2019 movie, that in turn was loosely based on the 2017 eponymous book by Isoko Mochizuki. The film received six Japan Academy Prize nominations and won three, including Picture of the Year, Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role and…

Film Review – ‘Belle’ is a Musical Tale of Acceptance and Universality

Social media allows people to hide behind an online identity and to become someone other than who they are. If they do not identify themselves either by name or face, that adds as additional anonymity in which they truly can be someone else, not held back by physical descriptors or any past history of behavior…

Film Review – ‘Drive My Car’ is a Compelling Look at Loss and the Power of Words and Memory

A person’s vehicle can hold a particular significance, even if it’s difficult to understand from the outside why that is. Those who commute to work on a bus or train may take solace in the short time they have to spend with their own thoughts on the way to a hectic and noise-filled day at…

Film Review – ‘Poupelle of Chimney Town’ is One of the Best Animated Films of the Year

Walls and borders can have different effects on people. In some cases, they are boundaries that must be respected and enable those within them to appreciate that which they have with contentment. In others, it instills a yearning to see what else must be out there, which may manifest into a rebellious spirit that demands…

Japan Society’s Flash Forward Series: Talking the Pictures, Is A Wistful Limerick To The Japanese Silent Film Era

If in 2011, the Western World tributed the realm of Silent Film with the comedy-drama The Artist (that scooped five Academy Awards), in 2019 the Land of the Rising Sun made its homage to that same cinematic era, with Talking the Pictures, directed by Masayuki Suo. The motion picture is currently part of Japan Society’s…

DOC NYC: Come Back Anytime Epitomises The Nipponic Concept Of Mono No Aware Through A One-Generation Ramen-Shop In Tokyo

John Daschbach’s Come Back Anytime — produced by Wataru Yamamoto — lands at DOC NYC, after being acclaimed at various film festivals worldwide, from Australia to North America. The film captures the spirit behind a ramen-shop in the Japanese capital, that has drawn foodies to return continuously at any moment. online pharmacy metformin with best…