Jun Shison (left) and Kei Tanaka in a scene from Ossan’s Love: Love or Dead (category: IIA, Japanese), directed by Toichiro Ruto. Shuko Ito and Kotaro Yoshida co-star.

Ossan’s Love: Love or Dead film review – Japanese gay office comedy piggybacks on success of TV series

  • The story of the homosexual awakening of a thirty-something estate agent, the film is rough going for anyone unfamiliar with TV series Ossan’s Love
  • For audiences already bewitched by the hapless follies of office uncles, this big-screen bonus is a hoot
Topic |   Asian cinema: Japanese films

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Jun Shison (left) and Kei Tanaka in a scene from Ossan’s Love: Love or Dead (category: IIA, Japanese), directed by Toichiro Ruto. Shuko Ito and Kotaro Yoshida co-star.
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Carlos Chan and Angie Shum in a still from Binding Souls (category IIB; Cantonese, Mandarin), directed by Chan Pang-chun. Tsao Yu-ning co-stars

Binding Souls film review: awful Hong Kong haunted house mystery

  • A story that’s illogical from the get-go, a budget that seemingly stretched to only two ghosts, characters that appear to be mere plot devices – this is painful
  • Set in a former school that was a wartime Japanese death chamber, there should be ample scope for scares; yet even diehard horror fans will find film a chore
Topic |   Chinese language cinema

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Carlos Chan and Angie Shum in a still from Binding Souls (category IIB; Cantonese, Mandarin), directed by Chan Pang-chun. Tsao Yu-ning co-stars
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