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

Headhunters (2011)

Headhunters-film

Hodejegerne (original title) Summary:  On the surface successful headhunter Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie) has it all; the modern house, the job, the beautiful wife (Synnøve Macody Lund) and a never-ending wallet.  But secretly, he funds his extravagant lifestyle by stealing spendy art … 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

Bicycle Thieves (1948)

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Ladri di biciclette (original title) Summary:  Depressed post-World War II Italy suffers with high unemployment across the country.  Antonio Ricci (Lamberto Maggiorani), who has not worked for two years, is finally offered a job of delivering film posters around the city.  With … Continue reading