Tag: Japan

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 ...

REVIEW: Terra Formars (2016)

In the 26th century, an attempt to terraform Mars for Earth's overcrowded human population has led to a planet with a breathable atmosphere but an infestation of cockroaches. A varied crew of criminals and desperate civilians undertake special genetic engineering to make them better suited to exterminating the insects. On their arrival on Mars, however, ...

REVIEW: Unforgiven (2013)

In late 19th century Hokkaido two brothers disfigure a local sex worker. When the local sheriff Ichizo Oishi (Koichi Sato) refuses to punish the men with more than a fine, the local sex workers band together to offer a bounty of their own on the two brothers' lives. Among the bounty hunters who ride into ...