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Cottontail: A Japanese-British Co-Production, Starring Lily Franky

©Courtesy of Longride/Level 33 Entertainment  England’s Lake District has a rich literary history, often involving bunny rabbits. Richard Adams’ Watership Down was set in the area, but for Kenzaburo Oshima’s wife Akiko, the Beatrix Potter connection was much more important. Her love of Peter Cottontail attracted her to Lake Windermere in her youthful student days….

The Parades | Official Trailer | Netflix : Starring Masami Nagasawa, Kentaro Sakaguchi, Ryusei Yokohama

The Parades is the newest film from Michihito Fujii, one of the most talented directors in Japanese cinema, following his massive hit The Last 10 Years. With a top-tier cast and crew, Fujii masterfully tells a poignant story that explores the emotions of the departed toward the loved ones they left behind. The story begins…

The Makanai: Cooking For The Maiko House / TV Review : A Delicious Series That Nourishes The Soul

Hirokazu Kore-eda directs his first Netflix series, adapting for the screen the comic that won the 65th Shogakukan Manga Award and is a best-seller with over 2.7 million copies sold. The Japanese filmmaker rewrites the manga series by Aiko Koyama, Maiko-san Chi no Makanai-san, published by Shogakukan, shaping it into a tender coming-of-age story. The…

‘Town Without Sea’ Review: Japan Cuts at Japan Society – An Unripe Journey Through Eudaimonia

Elaiza Ikeda, a Filipino-Japanese actress and fashion model, marks her directorial debut with the feature Town Without Sea, part of the line-up of North America’s largest festival of contemporary Japanese cinema: Japan Cuts. The story is set in Tagawa, within the Fukuoka Prefecture, and describes the coming-of-age of a shy teenager, who is at a…