Tuesday, 24 December 2013

47 Ronin (2013)

Like A Christmas Carol in the west, the Japanese never seem to run out of adaptations and re‑tellings of the Chushingura. Marking Hollywood’s first attempt at the classic, 47 Ronin is designed primarily as a lavish spectacle and fantasy-adventure for a generation of western audiences whose exposure to Japanese history and literature is mediated by titles from the 6th and 7th generation video game consoles.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Midsummer’s Equation (真夏の方程式) (2013)

Summer. On a beautiful island fraught with tension between the natives and a team of developers keen to develop its natural resources, a detective begins to conduct a fresh investigation into an old murder case after his retirement, and is mysteriously found dead. A member of the team decides to pursue the matter...