From Akira Kurosawa to Yasujiro Ozu, from Takeshi Kitano to Hirokazu Koreeda, from samurai to yakuza to the Japanese New Wave, and from anime to J-horror to pink films, this is the place to go for reviews, interviews and features about movies both classic and new from Japan.
Japanese anime regarding the conflict may be beautiful and heart-rending to watch, but one should not forget who started hostilities and spread horror
A young man (played by Takumi Kitamura) goes back in time to prevent the formation of the gang that killed his girlfriend. This second part of the trilogy lacks the action and violence of the first film.
As Ryuichi Sakamoto | Opus premiered at this year’s Venice Film Festival, the late Japanese composer’s son, who directed the feature, spoke to the Post about the challenges ofilming his cancer-stricken father.
The Post sits down with Ryusuke Hamaguchi, whose new movie Evil Does Not Exist – showing at the 2023 Venice Film Festival – was a totally new way of working for the Japanese director.
Ryuichi Sakamoto, who died of cancer this year, filmed his final performance in 2022, playing 20 tracks from his long career. Elegantly shot in black and white by his son, its one fans shouldn’t miss.
Dubbed the ‘Hans Christian Andersen of Japan’, Miyazawa was a passionate poet and novelist who died young. Alas, Izuru Narushima’s film tells viewers frustratingly little about the man and his writing.
Shinji Aoba confessed in court on Tuesday to starting the 2019 fire at the studios of Kyoto Animation that left 36 people dead. He was reportedly angry that his ideas had been stolen.
Ryusuke Hamaguchi, an Oscar winner in 2022, is back with Evil Does Not Exist, an elusive film about Japanese villagers confronting a slick developer.
Josie Ho plays a property investor in Japan in a tale of kidnapping, rape, murder and incest that makes no sense and lacks any atmosphere. Even by the standards of low-budget exploitation films, this is awful.
Directed by Yuzuru Tachikawa and starring Yuki Yamada, Japanese anime Blue Giant will delight viewers with its absorbing story and superb soundtrack from jazz pianist Hiromi Uehara.
Back Home, starring boy band Mirror’s Anson Kong, Celina Song’s romance Past Lives, and a nostalgia trip by Ultraman godfather Kazuya Konaka are among the Post’s 10 must-sees from Hong Kong Summer IFF 2023.
Starring Takumi Kitamura and Mio Imada and based on Ken Wakui’s bestselling manga series, Tokyo Revengers features bloody brawls, outrageous hairdos and a distinct Back to the Future vibe.
Chinese fans of anime master Hayao Miyazaki joined in a social media frenzy over the release in Japanese cinemas of How Do You Live? – the director’s latest, and possibly last, film for Studio Ghibli.
Starring Yo Oizumi, Kasumi Arimura and Ko Shibasaki, Japanese drama Phases of the Moon is an unabashedly romantic tear-jerker that posits that reincarnation is absolutely real.
Cantopop star and actress Kelly Chen has been capturing the hearts of music and movie fans for three decades. Her secret? ‘I’ve just tried my best to grab any opportunity.’
Kamen Rider is back. Director Hideaki Anno’s live-action film, starring Sosuke Ikematsu and Minami Hamabe, follows the augmented human-animal hybrid as he battles evildoers.
The Japanese director’s latest Cannes festival prizewinner, Monster examines the intense relationship between two schoolboys from different perspectives – a bit like Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon, he admits.
From Grand Jury prizewinner The Zone of Interest to Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon, here are 10 of the best movies from the Cannes Film Festival 2023.
Starring Koji Yakusho, Netflix Japanese drama series The Days follows the events of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster in a thrilling story with strong hints of HBO’s Chernobyl.
Wim Wenders returns to Tokyo with the charming story of ageing toilet cleaner Hirayama (Koji Yakusho), who works for the Tokyo Toilet art project, listens to music on cassette and takes photos of trees with a film camera.
Premiering at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival, Kubi sees Japanese director Takeshi Kitano back to his best with his first film in six years – a historical epic about warring samurai.
Hit anime films The First Slam Dunk and Suzume have sparked a tourism boom in Japan as people flock to real-life spots linked with them – and local governments are looking to profit. But the Chinese are still absent.
Told from multiple perspectives in the style of Kurosawa film Rashomon, Monster, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, examines events in and around a school. A subtle film, it hides its true intentions until the end.
Chloe Zhao’s successful 2020 drama Nomadland marked a turning point for Asian women directors. We look at 11 of the most promising talents to watch out for.
Satoshi Fukushima’s achievements as the world’s first deaf-blind professor aren’t fully celebrated in Junpei Matsumoto’s frustrating melodrama, which focuses on the devotion of his mother, played by Koyuki.
Isekai – ‘alternative world’ – anime covers storylines in which a down-and-out character is transported into a new life. Here’s everything you need to know about the hit Japanese genre.
Japan’s powerhouse anime business risks being overtaken by rising Chinese competition because a tilt towards commercialism has stifled creativity, an industry heavyweight has warned.
For Yosuke Takahata and other ‘itasha’ owners like him, plastering sexy, red-eyed horse-women and other cartoons all over their vehicles is just another way of paying homage to their two-dimensional true loves.
Avant-garde Hong Kong fashion designer Yeung Chin started appreciating the interlacing of beauty and ugliness after watching the 1974 film ‘Pastoral: To Die in the Country’.
Korean animated films have never had the prestige of Japanese and US ones in South Korea. But some industry insiders believe their time has now come, thanks to streaming platforms.