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‘Shin Godzilla’ (2016): The Timeless Horror of Natural Disaster

Directed by: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi || Produced by: Minami Ichikawa, Taichi Ueda, Yoshihiro Sato, Masaya Shibusawa, Kazutoshi Wadakura Screenplay by: Hideaki Anno || Starring: Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, Satomi Ishihara Music by: Shiro Sagisu || Cinematography: Kosuke Yamada || Edited by: Atsuki Sato, Hideaki Anno || Country: Japan || Language: Japanese, English Running Time: … Continue reading

A 4-Way Takashi Miike Sampling: ‘Audition’ (1999), ‘Ichi the Killer’ (2001), ’13 Assassins’ (2010), & ‘First Love’ (2019)

Directed by: Takashi Miike || Produced by: Satoshi Fukushima, Akemi Suyama [1], Akiko Funatsu, Dai Miyazaki [2], Michihiko Umezawa, Minami Ichikawa, Tôichirô Shiraishi, Kazuomi Suzaki, Hisashi Usui, Takahiro Ohno, Hirotsugu Yoshida, Shigeji Maeda [3], Muneyuki Kii, Jeremy Thomas, Misako Sako [4] Screenplay by: Daisuke Tengan [1, 3], Sakichi Satō [2], Masaru Nakamura [4] || Starring: … Continue reading

‘Bleach’ (2018): A Stylish Genre Twist on Teenage Friendship

Directed by: Shinsuke Sato || Produced by: Kazutoshi Wadakura Screenplay by: Shinsuke Sato, Daisuke Habara || Starring: Sota Fukushi, Hana Sugisaki, Ryo Yoshizawa, Erina Mano, Yu Koyanagi, Taichi Saotome, Takamasa Ishihara, Seiichi Tanabe, Masami Nagasawa, Yosuke Eguchi Music by: Yutaka Yamada || Cinematography: Taro Kawazu || Edited by: Tsuyoshi Imai || Country: Japan || Language: … Continue reading

‘Hiroshima Mon Amour’ (1959): The Most Insufferable Drama Ever

Directed by: Alain Resnais || Produced by: Samy Halfon, Anatole Dauman Screenplay by: Marguerite Duras || Starring: Emmanuele Riva, Eiji Okada, Stella Dassas, Pierre Barbaud Music by: Georges Delerue, Giovanni Fusco || Cinematography: Michio Takahashi, Sacha Vierny || Edited by: Jasmine Chasney, Henri Colpi, Anne Sarraute || Country: France, Japan || Language: French, Japanese, English … Continue reading

‘Silence’ (2016): The Most Drab, Depressing, and Overindulgent Film of Scorsese’s Career

Directed by: Martin Scorsese || Produced by: Barbara De Fina, Randall Emmett, Vittorio Cecchi Gori, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Gaston Pavlovich, Martin Scorsese, Irwin Winkler Screenplay by: Jay Cocks, Martin Scorsese || Starring: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Tadanobu Asano, Ciaran Hinds, Liam Neeson, Issey Ogata, Shinya Tsukamoto, Yoshi Oida, Yosuke Kubozuka Music by: Kim Allen Kluge, … Continue reading

‘Killers’ (2014): When Cinematic Violence Asks Hard Questions

Directed by: The Mo Brothers || Produced by: Yoshinori Chiba, Shinjiro Nishimura, Takuji Ushiyama, Kimo Stamboel, Timo Tjahjanto Screenplay by: Takuji Ushiyama, Timo Tjahjanto || Starring: Kazuki Kitamura, Oka Antara, Rin Takanashi, Luna Maya, Ray Sahetapy, Ersya Aurelia, Epy Kasnandar, Mei Kurokawa Music by: Fajar Yuskemal, Aria Prayogi || Cinematography by: Gunnar Nimpuno || Edited … Continue reading

‘Tokyo Story’ (1953): When Life Ends Quietly

Directed by: Yasujiro Ozu || Produced by: Takeshi Yamamoto Screenplay by: Kogo Noda, Yasujiro Ozu || Starring: Chishu Ryu, Chieko Higashiyama, Setsuko Hara, Haruko Sugimura, So Yamamura, Kuniko Miyake, Kyoko Kagawa, Eijiro Tono, Nobuo Nakamura Music by: Kojun Saito || Cinematography: Yuharu Atsuta || Edited by: Yoshiyasu Hamamura || Country: Japan || Language: Japanese Running … Continue reading

‘Battle Royale’ (2000): The Movie Everyone Compares to “The Hunger Games”

Directed by: Kinji Fukasaku || Produced by: Masao Sato, Masumi Okada, Teruo Kamaya, Tetsu Kayama Screenplay by: Kenta Fukasaku || Starring: Tatsuya Fujiwara, Aki Maeda, Taro Yamamoto, Masanobu Ando, Kou Shibasaki, Chiaki Kuriyama, Takeshi Kitano Music by: Masamichi Amano || Cinematography: Katsumi Yanagishima || Editing by: Hirohide Abe || Country: Japan || Language: Japanese Running Time: … Continue reading

‘Spirited Away’ (2001): That One Anime Movie Everyone Knows

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki || Produced by: Toshio Suzuki Written by: Hayao Miyazaki || Starring: Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takeshi Naito, Yasuko Sawaguchi, Tsunehiko Kamijo, Takehiko Ono, Bunta Sugawara Music by: Joe Hisaishi || Cinematography by: Atsushi Okui || Editing by: Takeshi Seyama || Country: Japan || Language: Japanese Running Time: 124 minutes … Continue reading

‘Ran’ (1985): Akira Kurosawa’s Last Weird Film

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa || Produced by: Katsumi Furukawa, Serge Silberman, Masato hara, Kisao Kurosawa Screenplay by: Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, Masato Ide || Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryu, Mieko Harada, Yohiko Miyazaki Music by: Toru Takemitsu || Cinematography: Asakazu Nakai, Takao Saito, Masaharu Ueda || Editing by: Akira Kurosawa || Country: … Continue reading