Jin-Roh (Jinrō)

Jin-Roh (Jinrō) 1999 Jin-Roh is another film that ticks a lot of boxes for me, but if you’re unsure about watching this lesser-known classic, keep in mind that I have my biases and I probably enjoyed this more than folks who maybe consider themselves ‘general’ action fans. I say that because one of the thingsContinue reading “Jin-Roh (Jinrō)”

Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo 2004 It must be daunting to take on such a classic – often adapted and widely revered, the Alexander Dumas novel is perhaps the ultimate story of betrayal and revenge. How’s that for a quick introduction for a change? So, if you’re familiar with the specifics of the novelContinue reading “Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo”

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri)

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri) 2017 Action-packed and grisly at times (perhaps gratuitously so, and I understand that descriptor won’t match everyone’s opinion of course) this series is pretty fast-paced, building quickly to a finish that maybe could have been ‘bigger’ but was by no means a let-down, either. In a way,Continue reading “Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (Kōtetsujō no Kabaneri)”

The Dagger of Kamui (Kamui no Ken)

The Dagger of Kamui (Kamui no Ken) 1985 Sometimes I feel like society’s tendency toward hyperbole in language dilutes words a little – and sure, language is always changing and that’s exciting… and maybe I have my own inclinations toward exaggeration at times but I reckon The Dagger of Kamui really is an ‘epic’ film.Continue reading “The Dagger of Kamui (Kamui no Ken)”

Mushi-Shi (2005) [Boxing Day Review]

Mushi-Shi (2005) Mushi-Shi is a series that had been floating around the edges of my awareness for a long time it seemed, and one I finally sought out specifically only last year. As part of my research I looked at blogs and posts from various sites that discussed the show as ‘underrated’ and it seemsContinue reading “Mushi-Shi (2005) [Boxing Day Review]”

Short Peace (Shōto Pīsu)

Short Peace (Shōto Pīsu) 2013 The most recent anthology-style project from Katsuhiro Otomo is Short Peace. It was released a few years back now and it’s conceptually a little different from previous ones (like Robot Carnival or Memories) in that it includes a PS3 game released in conjunction. But since I’ve never played Ranko Tsukigime’sContinue reading “Short Peace (Shōto Pīsu)”

Like the Clouds, Like the Wind (Kumo no yō ni Kaze no yō ni)

Like the Clouds, Like the Wind (Kumo no yō ni Kaze no yō ni) 1990 Like the Clouds, Like the Wind has a bit of a history as a ‘mistaken Ghibli film’ and if you’ve done any reading about it you’ll be aware that Katsuya Kondō’s memorable character designs were a part of that misconception.Continue reading “Like the Clouds, Like the Wind (Kumo no yō ni Kaze no yō ni)”

Porco Rosso (Kurenai no Buta)

Porco Rosso (Kurenai no Buta) 1992 Ah, the Crimson Pig – another classic Ghibli film, and another chance for Miyazaki to explore romance and the thrill of flight, along with the planes themselves too. Having opened with that statement I’ll quickly add that Porco Rosso is still most definitely an action film but there’s aContinue reading “Porco Rosso (Kurenai no Buta)”

Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai)

Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai) 2015 I definitely enjoyed this film, as I tend to gravitate toward stories that are about artists of just about any form, but this was bright and memorable for me in terms of visuals and characters too, if not the storyline, precisely. More on that below however. Obviously I’m hardlyContinue reading “Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi: Miss Hokusai)”

Sword of the Stranger (Sutorenjia Mukōhadan, Stranger Mukōhadan)

Sword of the Stranger (Sutorenjia Mukōhadan, Stranger Mukōhadan) 2007 As I’ve probably made clear here on the blog before, I’m most likely going to automatically warm to a series or film if it’s set in a historical period. That does blunt my capacity for critical review of course, but I hope I can still atContinue reading “Sword of the Stranger (Sutorenjia Mukōhadan, Stranger Mukōhadan)”