By Andrew Osmond. The Elegant Life of Mr Everyman is one of the oldest films screening in the current Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme; it was released back in 1963. Directed by Kihachi Okamoto, it’s an observational comedy, voicing the frustrations and neuroses of the ordinary working man when the shade of World War II […]
By Andrew Osmond. “In the twenty-first century,” notes the Anime Encyclopedia, “it became apparent that the last frontier for modern Japanese animation might be the real world itself, with a deep sense of ready nostalgia for hazy school days, mawkish classroom flirting, or the exotic appeal of old-fashioned friendships and hobbies.” Anthem of the Heart […]
Paul Browne reviews a film that mixes cosplay and complications. If there’s one human trait that can be relied upon, it’s tenacity. It’s an element that runs through Yuki Tanada’s 2012 film The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky, a story that also weaves in themes of poverty, fantasy, maliciousness and altruism.
By Jasper Sharp. Just a few stops to the west on the Sagano line from Kyoto lies the suburb of Uzumasa, an entertaining but curiously overlooked destination for tourists with more than a passing interest in Japan’s pop-cultural heritage. It is the site of Toei Kyoto Studio Park, commonly referred to by the locals as […]
By Jonathan Clements. Moving to a new town and a new school, sparky teenager Tetsuko Arisugawa (“Alice”) is still getting used to her new surname after her parents’ divorce. Dad is a charmer but a loser in life; Mum is a flaky author with a habit of dramatising their private life for profit. Meanwhile, her […]