Category Archive: Japanese Movies

Sep 22 2015

Outrage (Film Review)


Outrage Review by David Cirone In Takeshi Kitano’s Outrage, violence comes suddenly and at full force, often preceded by brief, polite conversation. A successful character study disguised as a standard yakuza crime drama, Kitano returns to his signature gangster genre (there’s a ten-year gap between this release and 2000’s Brother), stacking the film with great …

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Jul 15 2015

Otoko no Isshou – BD/DVD Trailer


Pony Canyon has released a 2-minute scene from their upcoming BD/DVD release of Otoko no Ishhou, starring Nana Eikura and Etsushi Toyokawa. The 2015 romantic film was directed by Ryuichi Hiroki, based on Keiko Nishi’s manga story.

Feb 04 2015

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno (Film Review)


Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno Review by Jen Wang The red-haired wanderer is back, and so are the demons of the past. The second live-action adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin covers the infamous Kyoto Arc, bringing to life Himura Kenshin’s most formidable opponent, Makoto Shishio (an unrecognizable Tatsuya Fujiwara). The former assassin is plotting to take down …

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Jan 24 2015

The Yellow Handkerchief (Review)


The Yellow Handkerchief (Shiawase no Kiiroi Hankachi) Review by David Cirone Starring Ken Takakura as a drifter picked up by a joyriding young couple, The Yellow Handkerchief starts out with just enough tension to keep you hooked on the possible outcomes of what is essentially a loosely-plotted, dialogue-heavy road movie. Will Takakura’s character reveal the …

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Jan 04 2015

Team LA Japan presents Seven Souls in the Skull Castle event party on Jan 11


Team L.A. Japan presents “2015 New Year’s Kimono Party” featuring a film screening of Seven Souls in the Skull Castle by the writer of Kill La Kill and Gurren Lagan and an after party headlined by L.A.’s J-Pop event producers and DJs Tune in Tokyo.

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Dec 28 2014

Harajuku Denier preview features members of BEE SHUFFLE


Members of the Japanese-Korean boy band BEE SHUFFLE show off their dramatic skills in the preview video for the upcoming film Harajuku Denier, which co-stars actress/black belt/future Attack on Titan star Rina Takeda. The film’s interlocking stories take place in Tokyo’s center for high-fashion and culture, Harajuku, revolving around a no-nonsense parking attendant (Takeda). At …

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Dec 12 2014

Like Father, Like Son (Soshite Chichi ni Naru) (Film Review)


Like Father, Like Son (Soshite Chichi ni Naru) Review by David Cirone An early scene in Like Father, Like Son introduces the Ninomiya family at their son’s entrance exam for elementary school. Mother Midori (Machiko Ono) would be just fine with her son Kieta attending a public school, but father Ryota (Masaharu Fukuyama) won’t settle …

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Dec 06 2014

Shazai no Ousama (The Apology King) (Review)


The Apology King (Shazai no Ousama) Review by David Cirone For the first hour of Shazai no Ousama (The Apology King), Sadao Abe’s tour-de-force comedic performance is so detailed, surprising, and funny that it distracted me from the larger, heartfelt film that forms in the background. The film delivers many well-earned laughs as openly skewers …

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