Asako

Asako I & II – Cannes 2018 Review

Ryûsuke Hamaguchi’s Asako I & II is an endearing Japanese rom-com with a high-concept premise. Asako (Erika Karata) falls in love with Baku (Masashiro Higashide) at university, but he walks out of her...
Shoplifters

Shoplifters – Cannes 2018 Review

Hirokazu Kore-eda is on familiar ground with Shoplifters, the story of an unconventional family unit on the fringes of society who beg, steal and borrow to get by. It’s the most fun Kore-eda has been in...
Blade Of The Immortal

Blade of the Immortal – Review

This was originally reviewed on 09/10/17 as part of London Film Festival. Takashi Miike’s 100th film Blade of the Immortal is concrete proof that the director has no intentions of slowing down. The usual...
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The Handmaiden – Review

Park Chan-wook’s newest film, The Handmaiden, adapted from Sarah Waters’ crime novel Fingersmith, follows the story quite closely, though setting the film in 1930s Korea and Japan instead of Victorian...
Silence Scorsese

Silence – Review

The sound of Silence is astonishing. Insects, waves, weather, chanting, groaning and, yes, prolonged silence - these elements combine into a sensory experience at once rich and austere. The clash of languages...
We Are Xoui

We Are X – LFF 2016 Review

Documentary director Stephen Kijak is clearly fascinated by band and "visual kei" pioneers X Japan and, although informative, the opening segment of We Are X teeters on the edge of pandering to founder Yoshiki...
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Assassination – LFF Review

Assassination is a meticulously crafted film crammed with diverse elements, including sumptuously detailed set design, goofy slapstick humour, and even a meet cute. Best of all, there’s a kickass heroine...