Review: In its 130-min duration, Koe no Katachi a.k.a. A Silent Voice tackles a complex coming-of-age drama of consequences, self-alienation and reconciliation. Sometimes it staggers, sometimes it falls into melodrama; but, in the end, it passes a meandering way with subtlety and grounded intricacy. Naoko Yamada’s first feature is adapted from a manga series by […]
Review: The “Makoto Shinkai is the new Hayao Miyazaki” buzz embarks again when his latest feature, Kimi no na wa, or as known as Your Name storms Japanese box office recently. Shinkai (5 Centimeters per Second, Children who Chase Lost Voices, The Garden of Words) is always known for his penchant in crafting picturesque, hyperrealistic 2D animation with heart-wrenching story […]
Review: Sweet Bean observes a sweet, subtle chemistry between a desperate man with an elderly woman through the making of sweet bean paste for Japanese-classic pancake, dorayaki. Here, sweet bean paste becomes a symbolic connection of present and paste in a frame of troubled people, living in alienation and barely having life.
“The world is cruel…” — Mikasa I realize that adapting a popular manga/anime into a live action is like a mission impossible yet doable. Determining an appropriate act is one thing, attempting not to modifying characters’ appearance, motivation or, most importantly, fate is the direst challenge. However, as a purist to Shingeki no Kyojin manga along with […]
It might make you laugh or cry, but there’s something deeper than just some emotion escalation in Stand by Me Doraemon—there’s simply a connection to everyone who grows up with Doraemon.
“Killers is a slow-paced psychological thriller about 2 completely different men who are intertwined by fate. It’s a tale of obsession and awakening the evil within marking Mo Brothers’ leap of directorial career and all casts fabulous act.”
The fusion of visually mesmerizing pictures with beautiful details and emotion-driven plot to create a delighting cinema poetica to express grievous heartbreak.