Category: comedy

REVIEW: Udon (2006)

Kosuke (Yusuke Santamaria) returns home to Japan after an attempted stand-up comedy career in New York fails to eventuate. Home is Sanuki in Kagawa prefecture, where udon noodles are a local tradition and where Kosuke's ill-tempered father (Katsumi Kiba) runs a popular udon takeaway restaurant. A chance encounter with a bear introduces Kosuke to aspiring ...

REVIEW: Game Night (2018)

Max (Jason Bateman) and Annie (Rachel McAdams) are a hyper-competitive couple who first bonded over games and who now run a weekly 'game night' with their friends. When Max's loathed and hugely successful brother Brooks (Kyle Chandler) offers to host one of the game nights, Max reluctant accepts. Brooks' attempt at a murder-mystery role-playing game ...

REVIEW: Asako in Ruby Shoes (2000)

U-In (Lee Jung-jae) is a disenfranchised Korean public servant who has a boring life, constantly under-achieves and spends most of his spare time masturbating to Internet pornography. Aya (Misato Tachibana) is a depressed Japanese health centre employee who buys shoes he can't afford and plans to commit suicide by holding her breath. To earn some ...

REVIEW: The Favourite (2018)

In the year 1708, Great Britain is in a state of war with France. Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) is suffering gout and stricken by mental illness, while her rule is dominated by the scheming Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Malborough (Rachel Weisz). One day Sarah is visited by her impoverished cousin Abigail Hill (Emma Stone), who ...

REVIEW: Dumplin’ (2018)

Willowdean Dixon (Danielle Macdonald) is a teenager living in a small Texas town. Her mother Rosie (Jennifer Aniston) is a former beauty queen and organiser of the local teen beauty pageant. Willowdean, nicknamed "Dumplin" by her mother, is overweight and miserable, and mourns the recent death of her Dolly Parton-obsessed aunt Lucy. When she discovers ...

REVIEW: Our Shining Days (2017)

In an exclusive music academy, the classical and Chinese folk students are fiercely separated, with the folk music department on the verge of being closed down. Chen Jing (Xu Lu) plays the yangqin, a Chinese fore-runner to the piano, and has a crush on the school's top piano player Wang Wen (Luo Mingjie). When he ...

REVIEW: Adrift in Tokyo (2007)

Long-time student and layabout Fumiya (Joe Odagiri) owes ¥800,000 to loan sharks. When a middle-aged thug named Fukuhara (Tomokazu Miura) comes to collect, he offers Fumiya a choice: either come up with the money in the next few days, or join Fukuhara on a leisurely walk through Tokyo and Fukuhara will give him ¥1,000,000 in ...