Japanese

Hold Me Back
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We review Hold Me Back, screening as part of the 25th Japanese Film Festival
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Satoshi Kon: The Illusionist
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Pascal-Alex Vincent takes a deep dive into the works and legacy of acclaimed anime director Satoshi Kon
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Josee, The Tiger & The Fish 
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The latest anime adaptation of Josee The Tiger & the Fish arrives. But does it hold water?
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A Tale of Samurai Cooking- A True Love Story
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As eluded in the films title, director Yuzo Asahara tackles one of Japans most famous, true-life love stories stemming from the final bloody years of the Samurai era. A Tale of Samurai Cooking follows the turbulent relationship between Haru, a...
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A Conversation with Yoshihiro Fukugawa
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On the surface, biopics about elderly poets may not seem like compelling viewing. Yoshihiro Fukugawa, however, begs to differ, having recently finished his new film Don’t Lose Heart, which brings the inspirational true story of Toyo Shibata, one of Japan’s...
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Kurosaka and His Dark Design
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After the massive success of last years Japanese programming block, the 2011 Gold Coast Film Festival is reaching further and deeper into the archipelago’s cinematic offering with its freshly branded Cool Japan Gold Coast program. And Festival organisers have managed...
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Afro Samurai
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Based on the original manga of Takashi Okazaki and given the anime treatment by Japan’s award winning Studio Gonzo, Afro Samurai turns your traditional anime expectations on their head to deliver a five part series chock full of brooding complex...
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Detroit Metal City
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In the realm of Japanese publishing there are some strange, curious and profoundly entertaining magazines to be found, including a peculiar little pulp volume called Young Animal (ヤングアニマル Yangu Animaru). And while the magazine assuredly blurs the lines of good...
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Eureka Seven
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The latest anime series to utilize the ‘boy and his mecha’ formula, Eureka Seven deftly manages to shift its core focus away from the impressive hardware designs and into a more personal story; primarily through unraveling the various neurotic layers...
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