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 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 […]
By Andrew Osmond. The film Princess Arete is the tale of a little girl growing up in a castle, refusing to resign herself to being married to a hunky Prince Charming. Then a sorcerer, frightened by a prophecy about the girl, effectively buys her from her father and imprisons her in his remote castle… but […]
By Andrew Osmond. “They say it’s the correct thing to wear white. People in Hiroshima with patterned clothes got burned where the patterns was and not so much on the white bits. Even the buttons showed up.” “Yes, but they were Japanese.” In the late 1980s, two unusual animated films were released aimed at adults; […]