by Jeremy Clarke. Yoshiki Takaya’s manga The Guyver was published in 1985. It spawned one anime movie Guyver: Out Of Control (1986), two anime serials (in 1989 and 2005) and two low-budget, US live-action movies. The Japanese title literally translates as The Guyver Bio Booster Armour under which moniker the second anime series is known […]
By Andy Hanley. Much like Mamoru Hosoda’s version of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Sunrise’s animated take on popular Taku Mayumura novel Psychic School Wars (Nerawareta Gakuen) is by no means the first attempt to bring its story to life – indeed, it follows in the footsteps of two different live-action films as well […]
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 Jasper Sharp. The term manga-esque is so readily applied to Japanese live-action cinema as to have little meaning beyond indicating the country of origin of the work or filmmaker in question. However, in the case of the iconic Seijun Suzuki the label seems apt, although Tom Vick wisely shies away from direct analogies to paint a […]