Tag: Japan

REVIEW: The Milkwoman (2005)

Early each morning 50 year-old Minako (Yuko Tanaka) climbs the hundreds of steps in a hill-side Nagasaki suburb to deliver bottles of milk to the local residents. She lives alone. She has no children. She has never married. She had one love in high school, Keita (Ittoku Kishibe), but he now works in the city ...

REVIEW: Red Pier (1958)

Yakuza mobster Jiro (Yujiro Ishihara) has run away from the Tokyo police, and remains holed up in Kobe. At the city port he witnesses a man get killed, only to later find himself romancing the man's sister Keiko (Mie Kitahara). Before long Jiro is hunted down by out-of-town criminals, while the police continue to close ...

REVIEW: Her Sketchbook (2017)

Mami (Mugi Kadowaki) is a 'hikikomori', a withdrawn shut-in who struggles to relate to the outside world and spends most of her time holed up in her bedroom reading manga and refusing to engage with other people. Her supportive but frustrated father finds her a day job testing videogames. Once she is there, a production ...

REVIEW: Glory to the Filmmaker! (2007)

A listless film director (Takeshi Kitano) struggles to find a subject matter and genre for his next movie, leading to a series of comedic sketches as he tries them out one-by-one. I lied about the sketches being comedic. Truth be told, Takeshi Kitano's 2007 film Glory to the Filmmaker! is not remotely funny. It is an uncharacteristically ...

REVIEW: My Uncle (2016)

A boy named Yukio (Riku Onishi) is tasked with writing an essay about a family member. While his classmates choose to write about their accomplished career parents, Yukio selects his uncle (Ryuhei Matsuda): a worthless layabout who works 90 minutes a week as a philosophy lecture while camping out indefinitely in his brother's (Yukio's father) ...

REVIEW: Young Thugs: Nostalgia (1998)

Riichi (Yuki Nagata) is a boy growing up in 1969 Japan. His father (Naoto Takenaka) is low-level yakuza with a penchant for adultery and violence. His mother (Setsuko Karasuma) regularly leaves their house in disgust, only to randomly returns days - if not weeks - later. In the lead-up to Apollo 11 moon landings, Riichi ...