Island Etude

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Island Etude review

"Island Etude is a nice little film bearing little to no weak points, but never really excelling either."

L

824
L review

"In the end, L is another typical Shimoyama film."

Cycling Chronicles: Landscapes the Boy Saw

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Cycling Chronicles: Landscapes the Boy Saw review

"A film that slows you down for the course of its running time and leaves you with something to think about while looking at impressive imagery and striking you with an impressive soundtrack"

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Your Friends

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Your Friends review

"It's not a wildly original film but it introduces enough elements to differentiate itself from other Japanese dramas while keeping the usual traits firmly in place."

The Possession of David O'Reilly

820
The Possession of David O'Reilly review

"That said, The Torment is one of the most tense and gripping horrors I've seen in quite a while. A true genre film that gets all the details right and creates a perfect sense of distress."

Dogville

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Dogville review

"I never liked von Trier's Dogme obsession, as it largely contradicts my own views on cinema. Luckily the man suffers from a rather short attention span."

Wild 7

818
Wild 7 review

"If you don't mind a mindless (stylized) action flick once in a while you could do much worse, the action scenes are pretty kick-ass and the styling is slick and sexy."

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817

Nasu: A Migratory Bird with Suitcase

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Nasu: A Migratory Bird with Suitcase review

"An interest in the cycling sport comes in handy. You'll notice many familiar situations and even recognize some funny little parallels with the real world."

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815

Zombieland

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Zombieland review

"If you're up for an entertaining, funny and fast zombie flick than Zombieland should be first pick. Even though it's not wildly original it hits all the right notes."

Smokin' Aces

813
Smokin' Aces review

"Take a bunch of wonky hitmen, add the necessary explosive firepower, pepper it with an over-the-top approach, and you have a film that still stand proud today."

Howl's Moving Castle

812
Howl's Moving Castle review

"The animation is superb, the characters are charming, it's fun to explore the fantasy realm and the pacing is nigh perfect. Good, old-fashioned Ghibli quality in other words."

Samaritan Girl

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Samaritan Girl review

"Samaritan Girl is the perfect combination of sweet and sour. A beautiful drama with some raw edges that thrives on a sublime score and killer central performances."

Welcome to the Quiet Room

810
Welcome to the Quiet Room review

"Matsuo is growing as a director. Welcome To The Quiet Room is in improvement on his previous films in every respect."

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809

Platonic Sex

808
Platonic Sex review

"This isn't a great film by a great director. It didn't kickstart Matsuura's career, nor did it kickstart Kagami's."

Life Show

807
Life Show review

"A pleasantly executed film featuring a strong lead and some good solid drama, splendid scenery and just breaths the couleur locale."

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806

I Belonged to You

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I Belonged to You review

"Yibai Zhang's talent is beyond questioning. The stronger bits of his latest effort are stunning, dressed up in lush visuals and backed up by a strong soundtrack."

Before Born

804
Before Born review

"It's obscurity stands in the way of easy availability and while it's definitely a good film, it lacks a little uniqueness to call it a true masterpiece."

Yellow Elephant

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Yellow Elephant review

"Thanks to its slightly magical touches and its strong shifts between feel-good and drama, Yellow Elephant rises above the majority of other Japanese dramas out there."

Permanent Nobara

802
Permanent Nobara review

"I'm actively seeking out Yoshida's final film, if it proves to be as good as Funuke and Permanent Nobara he's making my select list of directors to watch."

Kiki's Delivery Service

801
Kiki's Delivery Service review

"The animation is splendid, the characters are extremely lovable, Kiki's growth feels earned and realistic and there isn't a single moment where the quality even dips just a smidgen."