• 1,778 Stories Of Me And My Wife

    Jul 1, 2015

    An extraordinary story about how ordinary people cope with the very worst that can happen and how love is a remarkable bond.

  • 13 Assassins

    Jul 2, 2015

    A grand tale of men banding together to fight an unrelenting evil, content to die if they can free their land from the marauding tyrant and his gargantuan army.

  • 252: Signal Of Life

    Jul 3, 2015

    This Japanese blockbuster is like a head on collision between a big budget disaster flick and a Lifetime/Hallmark/True Movies film of the week.

  • A Class To Remember

    Mar 1, 2015

    A portrait of quiet hope and self-worth painted with the delicate strokes the director so often uses.

  • About Her Brother

    Feb 15, 2010

    ‘About Her Brother’ showcases Yamada’s deft understanding of the Japanese family, yet has a universality that ensures each significant moment hits home no matter where in the world it is viewed.

  • Adrenaline Drive

    Feb 16, 2015

    ‘Adrenaline Drive’ is often hilarious, sometimes filled with genuine tension and with a humanity at its core that is a delightful addition to the many other strengths.

  • Alien Vs. Ninja

    Feb 16, 2015

    For a change, ‘Alien Vs. Ninja’ is an amusingly titled, low budget action movie that actually lives up to expectations.

  • All-Round Appraiser Q: The Eyes Of Mona Lisa

    Apr 13, 2015

    ‘All-Round Appraiser Q’ is a winning crime film with a brilliant heroine and a very pleasant dynamic between her and the adoring acolyte Yuto.

  • Alone Across The Pacific

    Feb 17, 2015

    Exquisite cinematography, immense talent behind the lens as well as a superb lead performance all add up to create an inspirational masterpiece.

  • Always – Sunset On Third Street

    Feb 17, 2015

    This sumptuous work was lauded on its release and in this reviewer’s mind was not deserving of quite the reception it got at the Japanese Academy awards.

  • Arrietty

    Feb 18, 2015

    An easy recommendation as it’s still a fun-filled family adventure that is suitably heart-warming and easy on the eye.

  • Assault Girls

    Feb 18, 2015

    Even though Oshii has an impressive eye for visuals, he really needs to invest more time into the overall package as this is sadly lacking in depth.

  • Avalon

    Feb 19, 2015

    Some may dismiss this merely as ‘The Matrix’ with opera. Others will agree it is an example of science fiction using its brain as well as its trigger finger.

  • Azumi

    Feb 19, 2015

    It may be a different genre but Kitamura proves he is not just a one trick pony and still knows how to successfully shoot the action and keep the characters interesting throughout.

  • Azumi 2: Death Or Love

    Feb 19, 2015

    A worthy follow up to Kitamura’s stylish original and certainly packs a punch in the Samurai action department.

  • Battle Royale

    Feb 21, 2015

    ‘Battle Royale’ is a fast paced, intense and emotionally charged film that goes where most filmmakers would never dare and produces a highly recommended movie for fans of all genres.

  • Battle Royale II

    Feb 21, 2015

    The core concept remains relatively fresh and the switch in style to more of a war-like epic works in the film’s favour.

  • Battlefield Baseball

    Feb 21, 2015

    Aside from the odd comedic highlight, ‘Battlefield Baseball’ feels more like a swing and a miss than a home run.

  • Battles Without Honour And Humanity

    Feb 21, 2015

    What prevents Battles Without Honour and Humanity from being a true masterpiece is its confused, muddled plot.

  • Bayside Shakedown

    Feb 21, 2015

    As an introduction to the lunacy of Wangan precinct and Japanese protocol in general, ‘Bayside Shakedown’ more than holds the attention with its zesty pace and attempts to do things a little differently.

  • Be With You

    Feb 21, 2015

    ‘Be With You’ is a Japanese drama that is easy to appreciate on the surface as it is a well-made, well-acted work that skilfully tells a story without ever getting side-tracked in needless sub-plots.

  • Big Man Japan

    Feb 23, 2015

    ‘Big Man Japan’ isn’t always quite as quirky and clever as it thinks it is but is nevertheless another entertaining example of why Japanese cinema is at the forefront of the unique and creative.

  • Big Tits Zombie

    Feb 23, 2015

    Boobs and blood can be a fun distraction but they aren’t enough to make up for a complete lack of anything else.

  • Black Belt

    Feb 23, 2015

    ‘Black Belt’ could well be a cult hit that influences those who follow it. It is not a flawless masterpiece, but its differences – as well as its similarities – make it a work that is worthy of its popularity.