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Kiyoshi Kurosawa – a Japanese horror maestro – attracted critics’ attention with his 1997 Cure, a horror film in the purest sense of the word, with an ability to unsettle the audience that was a second to none; Cure also got recognition from various international film festivals and has become one of the most haunting Japanese motion […]

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Adapting British children’s books seems to be a speciality for Studio Ghibli. First there was Howl’s Moving Castle, then Arriety and now When Marnie Was There, which – depending on whether the studio has a rethink at some point in the future – is set to be Ghibli’s final release. In which case the Studio is going out on a high. […]

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Japanese animation is taking the world by storm. Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Death Note, we all know the names of these animations —and more— as they’ve slowly captured the hearts of audiences worldwide, but animation in Japan has humble beginnings that we rarely think about. One of these is the Utsushi-e, a type of animation […]

London East Asia Film Festival

London has always been home to various film festivals, from the prestigious BFI London Film Festival to the independent festivals like Raindance, the capital has never failed to entertain the public. Nevertheless, there aren’t many engaging events when it comes to Asian cinema, unless it focuses on one particular country. This year, however, a new […]

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Japan’s involvement in the World War II began on December 7 1941, when it attacked the American base in Hawaii, Pearl Harbor. On the same day, Japanese airplanes raided airports in the Philippines, and two days later, the Imperial Army landed in the country and started its carnage. After a few turbulent months of fighting, […]

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“Why is everyone so obsessed with Kanako?” One character asks under duress to Kanako’s latest victim, Boku, who is desperately seeking the truth about her. Where she is? Why she is? How she is? What is she? Kanako. Kanako. Ka-na-ko. Perhaps it’s fitting then, that The World of Kanako is all about its eponymous character […]

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On March 11th 2011 a powerful earthquake struck Japan. As a result, a giant tsunami devastated the North-East coast, where over 18,000 people lost their lives. Sadly the seismic sea wave caused horrific damage to the Fukushima nuclear reactor as well. In May 2011, it was confirmed that a serious leak was detected in one […]