Category: drama

REVIEW: The End of Summer (1961)

For international audiences it is generally thought that Akira Kurosawa is Japan's greatest-ever film director. In Japan, however, the overwhelming consensus gives that honour to Yasujiro Ozu. Between 1927 and his death in 1962 Ozu directed numerous comedies and dramas, each of which seemed to perfectly capture the changing landscape of Japanese domestic life. His ...

REVIEW: Brave Father Online: Our Story of Final Fantasy XIV (2019)

Akio (Kentaro Sakaguchi) is a junior advertising executive who holds an obsession for the online videogame Final Fantasy XIV. When his father Akira (Kotaro Yoshida) - an aloof figure with whom Akio has always struggled to relate - suddenly ups and quits his senior management job, Akio is desperate to find out why. When he ...

REVIEW: JK Rock (2019)

Brooding former pop star Jyo Kaieda (Shodai Fukuyama) has abandoned his dreams of musical success in favour of studying for a law degree. Chance, however, leads him into reluctantly coaching three high schoolers in learning to play musical instruments and forming their own band. When his former band partner returns from America, however, Kaieda is ...

REVIEW: I Wish (2011)

Kohichi (Kohki Maeda) and Ryunosuke (Ohshiro Maeda) are two brothers with separated parents. After a failed marriage, father Kenji (Joe Odagiri) has returned to Osaka with Ryunosuke to try and find commercial success with his band. Mother Nozomi (Nene Otsuka) has moved into her parents' home in Kagoshima with Kohichi. A new bullet train service ...

REVIEW: Air Doll (2009)

An inflatable sex doll spontaneously comes to life. When her owner heads out to work each day, Nozomi (Bae Doona) sneaks out herself. She meets the various people living in her neighbourhood. She finds herself a job at the local video library. She even tentatively begins a romance with a co-worker. Through her adventures, she ...

REVIEW: Black Test Car (1962)

Two rival car manufacturers are in a race to release their new sports cars. When the Tiger company's test vehicle crashes, photographers paid for by the rival Yamato corporation are there to shoot the accident and leak it to the press. Soon afterwards it becomes clear that Yamato has somehow stolen the blueprints to Tiger's ...

REVIEW: Another Child (2019)

Joo-ri (Kim Hye-jun) and Yoon-ah (Park Se-jin) are high school classmates who hate one another. Their acrimony only increases when Joo-ri's father and Yoon-ah's mother have an affair, resulting in Yoon-ah's mother Mi-hee (Kim So-jin) falling pregnant. While Mi-hee seems unable of treating her pregnancy seriously, Joo-ri's father Dae-won (Kim Yoon-seok) suffers a crisis of ...