Festival Plug: Lincoln Festival of Japanese Culture

The Lincoln Festival of Japanese Culture is a celebration of Japanese film, music, art, food and much more. Lincoln (UK) based Blueprint: Film Foundation are putting on the event with additional funding from the Japan Society and Lincoln BIG to celebrate Japanese culture and share it with the Lincolnshire community. The main event is being held on the 27th...

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Blu-Ray/DVD Review: Insect Woman & Nishi-Ginza Station

Insect Woman (a.k.a. Nippon Konchûki) Director: Shôhei Imamura Screenplay: Keiji Hasebe, Shôhei Imamura Starring: Sachiko Hidari, Kazuo Kitamura, Jitsuko Yoshimura, Masumi Harukawa Producers: Kano Otsuka, Jirô Tomoda Country: Japan Running Time: 123 min Year: 1963 BBFC Certificate: 15 Masters of Cinema continue to release the early work of the Japanese New Wave...

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Movies We Watched

Sometimes we watch stuff that we want to talk just a little bit about, not a full review worth. These are those films. If any of the films reviewed are available on Netflix Instant Watch (US or Canada) or HuluPlus (US only), we’ll note that by putting a direct link below the capsule. Stalker 1979 USSR. Director: Andrei Tarkovsky. Starring: Alisa...

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Blu-Ray/DVD Review: The Ballad of Narayama

Director: Shôhei Imamura Screenplay: Shôhei Imamura Based on a novel by: Shichirô Fukazawa Starring: Ken Ogata, Sumiko Sakamoto, Tonpei Hidari, Aki Takejô Producer: Shôhei Imamura Country: Japan Running Time: 130 min Year: 1983 BBFC Certificate: 15 And so we reach the final entry in my triple bill of Shôhei Imamura films and probably my favourite. Winner of the...

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DVD Review: A Man Vanishes

Director: Shôhei Imamura Starring: Yoshie Hayakawa, Shôhei Imamura, Shigeru Tsuyuguchi Producer: Shôhei Imamura Country: Japan Running Time: 130 min Year: 1967 My Shôhei Imamura triple bill continues with his experimental semi-documentary A Man Vanishes. Back in February, the Movie Club Podcast did a triple bill discussion of F For Fake, Exit Through The Gift...

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