(From left) Ittoku Kishibe, Hideko Hara and Mai Kiryu play father, mother and daughter in Lying to Mom.

Lying to Mom film review: Japanese family drama on a white lie that turned into cruel deception

  • A moment of panic sees a mother lied to about her son’s suicide, starting a series of deceptions that uncovers the family’s guilty secrets along the way
  • First-time director Katsumi Nojiri’s characters become ever more tortured by their dishonesty, and the unresolved issues they had with the son
Topic |   Asian cinema: Japanese films

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(From left) Ittoku Kishibe, Hideko Hara and Mai Kiryu play father, mother and daughter in Lying to Mom.
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Yura Sato (left) and Australian comedian Chad Mullane as a miniature messiah in a still from Jesus.

Jesus film review: a lonely Japanese boy struggles with Christianity in Hiroshi Okuyama’s debut feature

  • A surreal contemplation of organised religion, Jesus follows a nine-year-old boy as he seeks out tangible solutions to unanswerable questions
  • The film reveals young director Hiroshi Okuyama as a staggeringly assured filmmaker already wise beyond his years
Topic |   Asian cinema: Japanese films

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Yura Sato (left) and Australian comedian Chad Mullane as a miniature messiah in a still from Jesus.
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