Tag: Keiichi Hara

December 5, 2020 · 0 comments

Summer Days with Coo

Summer Days with Coo

By Jonathan Clements. Koichi Uehara (Takahiro Yokokawa) is the only kid in town who isn’t going somewhere exotic for the holidays. His friends are off to Hokkaido and Bali, but he’s stuck in boring old Tokyo. Even a trip to the grandparents’ place is hardly exotic, as they only live a few miles away in […]

September 17, 2020 · 0 comments

Birthday Wonderland

Birthday Wonderland

By Andrew Osmond. Keiichi Hara’s feature film Birthday Wonderland plays like a very traditional family fantasy, which seems to be part of its point. Given that the film tells the story of a Japanese girl travelling into a magic world, it inevitably raises thoughts of Spirited Away – which was, among other things, a plea […]

September 21, 2019 · 0 comments

Birthday Wonderland

Birthday Wonderland

By Jonathan Clements. Listless and depressed, and desperate to avoid the latest trend-conscious schoolgirl drama at school, Akane (Mayu Matsuoka) feigns an illness, which her mother Midori (Kumiko Aso) seems ready to indulge – it is going to be her birthday soon after all. Instead, she sends the pouting teenager over to Aunt Chii’s junk […]

March 7, 2016 · 0 comments

Visions of Edo

Visions of Edo

Andrew Osmond takes a step into the past. Thanks to cinema and TV, some long-ago places can feel closer to us than most present-day countries. For British people, one of the closest is Victorian England, specifically Victorian London, home to Dickens dramas, Sherlock mysteries, Martian invasions and the gory mythos of Jack the Ripper. This […]

September 25, 2015 · 0 comments

Miss Hokusai: Keiichi Hara interview

Miss Hokusai: Keiichi Hara interview

The director of Miss Hokusai talks of his aims and inspirations This film is based on the original manga Sarusuberi by Hinako Sugiura. Could you describe which aspects of the original story were more attractive to you? KEIICHI HARA As a matter of fact, I love all Sugiura’s works, and Sarusuberi in particular. When I […]

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