The Kiyosu Conference

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The Kiyosu Conference review

"The Kiyosu Conference is good, solid, old-fashioned fun. Mitani has a great cast to his disposal and goes with colorful visuals and an upbeat soundtrack."

25th Hour

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25th Hour review

"When I first watched 25th Hour the film left a bigger impression on me. Maybe it's because I hadn't seen that many films back then, maybe it's because time has blunted some of its initial impact."

Ex

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Ex review

"Ex is a film that shows the good and the bad. The main characters are not all that lovable, nor are they horrible people."

Swallowtail Butterfly

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Swallowtail Butterfly review

"An ambitious, raw, vibrant and energetic gem, sporting fine cinematography, a great soundtrack and some stand-out performances that all help to give birth to a unique universe."

To be revealed

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9 Souls

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9 Souls review

"The presentation is slick, performances are grand, the themes are varied and properly explored and all these things complement each other. 9 Souls is great, nothing more, nothing less."

Triangle

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Triangle review

"Triangle looks stylish, sports a great soundtrack, leans on a superb central trio and highlights the talents of its lauded directors. A true flagship project if there ever was one."

The Egoists

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The Egoists review

"Keibetsu turns out to be another strong addition to Hiroki's oeuvre. It's not his best film to date, but it's nice to see him try out new stuff, even when it's not all that radical."

Spirited Away

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Spirited Away review

"The animation is splendid, the setting is original, the characters are golden and the adventure really comes into its own during the second half. At its best, it's pure Ghibli magic."

House of Voices

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House of Voices review

"It's extremely atmospheric, the build-up is impeccable, performances are great and the finale is exactly what I wanted from this film. A horror film that has the full package."

Love in a Puff

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Love in a Puff review

"On the surface a simple romantic comedy, the film itself is grounded in a more realistic setting and allows a good look into the lives of contemporary HK citizens."

Cashback

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Cashback review

"Cashback is a charming, inventive and dreamy coming-of-age romance with several stand-out moments and memorable ideas."

Home: The House Imp

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Home: The House Imp review

"Home: Itoshi No Zashiki Warashi is a great film if you don't mind a serious dash of extravagant feel-good."

Hard Candy

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Hard Candy review

"Both leads offer great performances, the cinematography is strong, the soundtrack on point and the cat and mouse game between the two protagonists is simply riveting."

Audition

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Audition review

"Audition will lull you to sleep with its understated, consciously tepid build-up, only to shake you away and leave you stunned and surprised after unleashing its madcap finale."

LOUDER! Can't Hear What You're Singin', Wimp!

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LOUDER! Can't Hear What You're Singin', Wimp! review

"This is another upbeat, hilarious and delightfully directed Miki comedy that easily entertains and has a string of memorable scenes that make it well worth the watch."

The Mystery of Rampo

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The Mystery of Rampo review

"With its wonderful cinematography, outstanding score and enigmatic lead, Okuyama serves a puzzling trip through the mysterious mind of one of Japan's most prestigious horror writers."

The Midnight Meat Train

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The Midnight Meat Train review

"The kills are gory, Jones is an amazing killer and Kitamura's direction is the right kind of flashy, which makes for a brutal, tense and very entertaining horror flick."

The Isle

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The Isle review

"While a little rough around the edges, there are many moments of raw beauty, contrasting cruelty and tenderness in a way only Ki-duk can, creating one of the most contorted romances ever put on film."

Black Kiss

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Black Kiss review

"Tezuka's attention to wacky details makes all the difference, turning a moody and creepy thriller into a sprawling, surprising mystery that culminates into a memorable finale."

Filth

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Filth review

"The question remains if Baird could manage on his own, without the help of Welsh's source material, but at least for now that doesn't really matter."

Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior

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Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior review

"A superb central performance of Jaa, amazing fight and chase scenes and some of the most bone-crunching martial arts moves recorded on film. First-class action cinema."

The Secret World of Arrietty

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The Secret World of Arrietty review

"Ghibli fans will know what to expect when they go and see this film."

Scabbard Samurai

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Scabbard Samurai review

"Matsumoto's new film is a little gem, a film that does not impress in spades but focuses on smaller details."

Swordsman II

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Swordsman II review

"Swordsman II is a very typical film and definitely won't win any fans to the genre. It's pretty chaotic, all style and no substance and not the least bit interested in telling a coherent story."