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  • Maborosi



    Every single frame in this movie is a perfect, beautiful photograph.

    Maborosi is one of the most delicate and honest depictions of grief I've seen on film. Firstly Ikuo's behavior, interpreted by Tadanobu Asano, is a subtle display of depression, whilst Yumiko (Makiko Esumi) is happily in love, young and playful. On the turn of her life, she begins to wither away, losing all her joy and youthfulness: her body slows down and she becomes more and more detached and…

  • Perfect Blue

    Perfect Blue


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    A nightmarish experience of uncertainty, delusion and duality, Perfect Blue surely leaves the viewers puzzled on a first watch, but equally mindblown.

    As it is so easy to identify with the mundane, real Mima and her simple life as a promising young woman, we feel from the very start her paranoia, self-doubt and torment. The anxiety of making a wrong turn on your path and looking negatively different to the people that know you is not an uncommon recurrence in…

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  • Mortal Kombat

    Mortal Kombat


    I obviously only watched this for Hiroyuki Sanada and Tadanobu Asano

  • Perhaps Love

    Perhaps Love


    Perhaps Love caught my interest as the first Chinese musical made after over forty years. Using the well known stratagem of a story within a story, where reality and fiction here constantly alternate and overlap, the movie definitely has an intriguing premise that raises quite a few expectations. In fact, at the centre of the narrative is the making of a musical that presents many similarities with the actors' real lives. The function of this embedded narrative is established from…

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  • Last Life in the Universe

    Last Life in the Universe


    Yes, yes, and yes. Perfect characters, built layer on layer, step by step. A story that flows, unmanipulated, with a life of its own.

    Last Life In the Universe poses a question and gives an answer, without doing anything pretentious, artificial or spectacular. It's mainly up to the audience to determine what it was asking and how it answered, but there is a journey, although subtle and calm... there is growth and change.

    It's not many times that I find…