The Wind Rises (2013)

The Wind Rises Studio Ghibli

Kaze tachinu (original title) Summary:  Since a boy, Jirô Horikoshi (voiced by Hideaki Anno) dreams of flying.  Upon discovering his unfortunate nearsightedness he doesn’t let it thwart his fascination with aircrafts; instead Jirô decides if he can’t fly planes, he’ll design them.  Yet, life … Continue reading

Akira (1988)

Akira

Summary:  Tokyo has been destroyed by a psychic explosion, triggering World War III.  A new city is built within its place and named Neo-Tokyo.  By 2019 Neo-Tokyo has grown into a dystopian metropolis, overrun by gang violence and anti-government terrorism. … Continue reading

Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Summary:  Jiro Ono owns Sukiyabashi Jiro, a small sushi restaurant renowned worldwide, situated in the basement of an office building in Tokyo, Japan.  There are only ten seats in the restaurant, yet it’s been rewarded with three Michelin stars, needs to be booked … Continue reading

The Only Son (1936)

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Hitori musuko (original title) Summary: In a poor province of Japan, a widowed silk factory worker (Chôko Iida) is faced with the decision whether to send her only son (Shin’ichi Himori) to Tokyo for a better education.  After the boy’s school … Continue reading

Late Spring (1949)

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Banshun (original title) Summary: 27-year old Noriko (Setsuko Hara) still lives with her widowed father (Chishû Ryû).  After the war, she recovers from an illness, which prompts close friends and family to question her father when she will be getting married.  She cares for … Continue reading

Battle Royale (2000)

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Batoru rowaiaru (original title) Summary:  With unemployment continually running high and a torn apart economy, the Japanese government pass the revolutionary Battle Royale Act; legalising one randomly selected class of schoolchildren to be sent to an island, equipping each student with only … Continue reading

Ichi the Killer (2001)

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Koroshiya 1 (original title) Summary:  300 million Yen goes missing when a Yakuza boss disappears.  His former aide, Kakihara (Tadanobu Asano), rounds up other gang members to seek out what has happened to both the man and the money, believing he is still … Continue reading

Should I include Studio Ghibli?

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Please excuse my absence of late! I will be back on form soon, especially as I don’t want to break my new years resolution of posting regular post on all of my blogs (and I should be getting my lovefilm … Continue reading