By Andrew Osmond. The name of Kenji Kamiyama, director of Napping Princess, is not as well-known to savvy mainstream critics as Miyazaki, Oshii or Satoshi Kon. One reason is that most of Kamiyama’s important work has been for television rather than cinema. But for anime fans, he’s been a big beast for fifteen years, for […]
By Andrew Osmond. Whether he likes it or not, Hirokazu Koreeda has become the ambassador of contemporary live-action Japanese film in Britain. No other Japanese live-action director has his films released in British cinemas so regularly. Koreeda brings us portraits of ordinary, contemporary Japanese people, of different ages and genders, in dramas where the strongest […]
By Raz Greenberg. Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, a cinematic adaptation of a novel by Philip K. Dick about a bounty hunter on a mission to eliminate androids, debuted in 1982 and forever changed the way we think of the future. While the dystopian cinema of the 1970s gave us its share of dirty and polluted landscapes, Blade […]
By Andrew Osmond. This month, the Titans are exploding into British cinemas and home formats, with the release of Season two of Attack on Titan, which was simulcast last spring. Next Wednesday, 21st February, there’ll be a one-day release of the feature film edition, Attack on Titan: The Roar of Awakening, at selected cinemas.
By Andrew Osmond. Princess Mononoke: Understanding Studio Ghibli’s Monster Princess is published by the Bloomsbury Academic imprint, with the kind of academic price-tag this blog has often complained about. But most of the anthology’s authors are doctoral candidates or university lecturers, and the book’s main readership will surely be university students who can access the […]