Cinema Escapist

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Japan

Review: If Cats Disappeared from the World (Japan, 2016)

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A heartfelt Japanese film with a somewhat misleading title (fortunately).

Review: The Eternal Zero (Japan, 2013)

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2013 was a good year for Japanese aviation fans. Hayao Miyazaki released his magnum opus The Wind Rises, a fictionalized biopic of Jiro Horikoshi (the...

Review: Outrage (Japan, 2010)

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In an interview with the Yomiuri Shimbun, Japanese director Takeshi Kitano discussed how, for his 2010 film Outrage, his only ambition was to be entertaining....

Review: Kabukicho Love Hotel (Japan, 2014)

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Steamy sex scenes, dark secrets, and broken dreams —“pink film” kingpin Ryuichi Hiroki does it again. A multi-threaded drama featuring a Korean call girl, an aspiring...

Review: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Japan, 2006)

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Imagine if one day, while carrying papers into a chemistry classroom, you fall upon a walnut that grants you the ability to–literally–jump through time. This...

Review: Neko Samurai (Japan, 2014)

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What do you get when you cross the internet’s favorite animal with sword-wielding Japanese warriors? Well, something a lot like the 2014 Japanese comedy-drama Neko...

Review: Paprika (Japan, 2006)

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When Inception came out in 2010, it seemed like a novel film with a novel concept. With its mind-blowing story about dream thieves, it provided–and...

Review: Rent-A-Cat (Japan, 2012)

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With Rent-A-Cat (Rentaneko), Director Naoko Ogigami brings us a self-written film touching upon the loneliness that plagues many in modern society, but especially in Japan...

Review: The Place Promised in Our Early Days (Japan, 2004)

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Oftentimes compared to Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki, Makoto Shinkai is among Japan’s most acclaimed anime directors. Although he isn’t a member of the popularly known...

Review: Departures (Japan, 2008)

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There seems to be a special place in Japanese cinema for death. Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru and Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story come to mind as some...