Tag: Japan

REVIEW: Sadako vs Kayako (2016)

University students Yuri (Mizuki Yamamoto) and Natsumi (Aimi Satsukawa) watch a cursed videotape and find themselves both fated to die at the hands of the violent spirit Sadako. Across town high schooler Suzuka (Tina Tamashiro) is haunted by the vengeful ghost Kayoko that hides inside a house with a long history of violent murder. When ...

REVIEW: Golden Orchestra! (2016)

Aspiring violinist Chizuru (Anne Watanabe) attends a community orchestra performance, and is so entranced by their skills that she applies to join them. She makes a mistake and instead of joining the Umegaoka Philharmonic she calls the wrong orchestra, finding herself in the Umegaoka Symphony instead: a group of enthused but jaw-droppingly untalented elderly musicians. ...

REVIEW: Spirited Away (2001)

En route to her new home, Chihiro reluctantly follows her parents through a decrepit tunnel and to an abandoned amusement park. When her parents begin eating a mysterious buffet of food left out at a restaurant, they are magically transformed into pigs - and Chihiro finds herself contracted to work inside a magical bathhouse that ...

REVIEW: Monday (2000)

Takagi (Shinichi Tsutsumi) is a Japanese businessman who wakes up in an amnesiac blur in a Tokyo hotel room. While searching through his pockets for clues as to what happened over the previous days, he remembers attending a disastrous funeral for a co-worker, having a drink in a bar full of yakuza, and his memories ...

REVIEW: Giants and Toys (1958)

Three Japanese candy manufacturers wage a pitched battle for market supremacy. While junior executives cosy up in bars attempting to tease out what their rivals' promotional plans are, one enterprising director elects to bypass traditional endorsements by creating his own celebrity from scratch. Once he has made her, however, he may struggle to control her. ...

REVIEW: Black Sun (1964)

A jazz-obsessed homeless delinquent named Mei (Tamio Kawaji) lives in the tower of a derelict Tokyo cathedral, and spends his days engaged in petty theft and hot-wiring cars. Returning home one night he discovers an injured American G.I. (Chico Roland) hiding out from the police after apparently murdering a fellow soldier. Koreyoshi Kurahara's The Warped Ones remains ...

REVIEW: King of Thorn (2009)

A viral contagion known as the 'medusa virus' sweeps across the globe, causing its victims bodies to spontaneously fossilise and shatter. A select number of the infected are cryogenically frozen inside a special facility on the Scottish coast, to be revived when a cure has been found for the disease. When the infected wake, they ...