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47 Ronin [2013]

[Alternate Title]: Why even though 47 Ronin is a horrendous film that (at the time of writing) rates second all time for most money lost at the box…

Kaguya Hime no Monogatari (The Tale of Princess Kaguya) [2013]

A different version of this review was published in Broadsheet. Kaguya Hime no Monogatari (The Tale of Princess Kaguya), directed by Isao Takahata, the less famous half of…

R100 [2013]

Named after the rather foolish idea that the classification of this film should be Restricted to 100 years and over, R100 by Japanese comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto (generally Machan),…

Rupan Sansei: Kariosutoro no Shiro (The Castle of Cagliostro) [1979]

Rupan Sansei: Kariosutoro no Shiro (The Castle of Cagliostro) was Japanese animation superstar Hayao Miyazaki’s first directorial feature, and the second Lupin III film. The television series (and…

Kaze no Tani no Naushika (Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind) [1984]

There isn’t that much to be said about Kaze no Tani no Naushika (Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind) [1984]. The film, which is Hayao Miyaziki’s first…

Redline [2009]

Redline is a fast and furious anime directed by Takashi Koike about futuristic car racing. I downloaded this because of Tadanobu Asano, but I accidentally got a dub…

Smuggler [2011]

Based on a one-shot Manga by Shohei Manabe, Smuggler (Sumaguraa in Katakana) is a surprisingly violent film in the vein of Takashi Miike’s Koroshiya 1 (Ichi the Killer)…

Crows Zero [2007]

Takashi Miike is definitely an acquired taste…or at least most of his films are. In a little over 20 years he has directed over 90 films. Although the…

Dare Mo Shiranai (Nobody Knows) [2004]

At the beginning of Nobody Knows (Dare Mo Shiranai), a mother and son carry heavy suitcases to their new apartment. Once installed, they open the suitcases to reveal…

Howl’s Moving Castle [2004]

Everyone has heard of Hayao Miyazaki, especially after the success of Mononoke Hime (Princess Mononoke) [1997] and Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Spirited Away) [2001], which won him…