By Andrew Osmond. Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale, the newest instalment of the Sword Art Online franchise (and the film is all–new, barring some brief flashbacks) was first announced in Japan in October 2015. Weirdly, it has already predicted the future. In the summer of the following year, anyone in a big Tokyo park like […]
Norio Shioyama, who died with his wife Tokiko in a house fire yesterday, was first and foremost an illustrator, dragged unceremoniously into the anime world by the staffing demands of the industry’s boom-time. He was born in Kumamoto, the third of seven children of a sugar wholesaler, and passed his early years in the firm […]
by Jeremy Clarke. Weighing in at a lengthy two and a half hours, this lavish, sexually-explicit, South Korean pot-boiler is based on Sarah Waters’ 2002 novel Fingersmith, but moves the location from Victorian England to Japanese colonial-era Korea.
By Jasper Sharp. At the end of February, the National Film Center of Tokyo opened its ‘Japanese Animated Film Classics’ online archive to celebrate this year’s centenary of Japanese animation. The site, which features 64 films from the pre-war and wartime period, features many films with English subtitles. It is a wonderful initiative from the […]
By Roxy Simons. In a similar fashion to Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, it’s the violence that does most of the talking in Tetsuya Mariko’s Destruction Babies. With no clearly defined narrative, the film goes from one fight to the next, with each proving to be more aggressive than the last. It gives the film a […]