Tag: cinema

November 1, 2023 · 0 comments

Blue Giant

Blue Giant

By Shelley Pallis. Country boy Dai Miyamoto (voiced by Yuki Tamada) moves to the big city of Tokyo in the hope of making it big as a jazz saxophonist. The end. But this is jazz – it’s not where you’re going, it’s how you get there…

October 14, 2023 · 1 comment

Komada: A Whisky Family

Komada: A Whisky Family

By Jonathan Clements. Thirty-something Rui Komada (voiced by Saori Hayami) is torn between pursuing her personal dreams and turning around her ailing family business, a whisky distillery that has been struggling to cope with declining drinking habits and supply-chain issues in the aftermath of a natural disaster. After her father’s death, she inherits a company […]

October 11, 2023 · 0 comments

Macross Plus: The Movie

Macross Plus: The Movie

By Andrew Osmond. Released twenty-eight years ago, Macross Plus: The Movie still dazzles now, a film that somehow manages to combine plane dogfights and space duels (think Star Wars meets Top Gun); a melancholy drama about former friends tormented by their ruined past; and an AI pop-goddess who seems far less fantastical in the age […]

October 5, 2023 · 0 comments

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

By Andrew Osmond. Dolls, dogs, gods, children and their relationships with neurotically self-conscious humanity come under philosophical investigation in Mamoru Oshii’s sequel to his film, Ghost in the Shell. Rendered in a blend of drawn and computer animation, the sequel’s first half looks like a sleekly beautiful variant on the future-noir aesthetic of Blade Runner, […]

September 26, 2023 · 0 comments

The Concierge at Hokkyoku Department Store

The Concierge at Hokkyoku Department Store

By Jonathan Clements. There’s something weird about the Hokkyoku Department Store – all the customers are animals. There’s an owl who can’t find a something to placate his wife; there’s a wolf in search of a proposal gift to win another wolf’s heart; there’s a sea mink that just can’t find the right present for […]

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