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Review: BLAME! (2017)

BLAME! is a new feature based on the influential manga of the same name by Tsutomu Nihei. This isn’t the first attempt to translate Nihei’s perplexing work to video, but it is the most successful because director Hiroyuki Seshita and screen writer Sadayuki Murai understood that the film story didn’t have to …

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Review: Short Peace (2013)

Short Peace is an anthology film that was originally presented theatrically in Japan.  Its four short films were also included as part …

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Review: Gate of Hell (1953)

Gate of Hell was the first color film for Japanese studio Daiei and it garnered a lot of praise in the west …

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Review: Wolf Children (2012)

Japan has never really embraced the werewolf picture despite the fact that their own folklore includes many tales of animals transforming into …

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Review: The Wind Rises (2013)

The Wind Rises is an animated mashup of the true story of Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of the Japanese Zero fighter plane, …