Film of the Fortnight: Tokyo Story

September is back and with it Film of the Fortnight. Tokyo Story (1953) Yasujiro Ozu Tokyo Story is the most praised film made by Japanese Yasujiro Ozu, one of the highest regarded filmmakers that has ever lived. The setup is simple: an elderly married couple set out to visit their grown-up children living in Tokyo….

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Film of the Fortnight: Hiroshima mon amour

Hiroshima mon amour (1959) Alain Resnais Hiroshima mon amour is a French-Japanese drama film directed by Alain Resnais, with a screenplay by Marguerite Duras. On the surface it depicts the affair between a French actress, shooting an anti-war film in Hiroshima, and a Japanese architect. At its core it deals with subjects such as understanding…

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Film of the Fortnight: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) Hayao Miyazaki Environmental destruction, fear, conflict, warfare and compassion. Those are the central themes of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, a Japanese animated science fiction/fantasy adventure film written and directed by anime grandmaster Hayao Miyazaki. The film, which takes place in a distant post-apocalyptic future,…

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Film of the Fortnight: Perfect Blue

Perfect Blue (1997) Satoshi Kon A pop star wants to quit music to pursue an acting career and soon finds herself struggling to separate reality from fiction. That is the premise of Perfect Blue, a Japanese animated psychological thriller that appropriately has been described as “Hitchcock does anime”. Hitchcock is however not the man behind…

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