Japan

A constant delight to watch.
Makoto Shinkai’s first feature, Voices of a Distant Star, was about teenagers separated physically by a vast, unbreachable gulf while emotionally their closeness was all but unbearable. It wasn’t new turf for anime, but Shinkai’s fluid animation...
Fact meets fiction in contemporary creature feature
Editor's note: This film was released in Australia as 'Shin Godzilla' 
Studio Ghibli's first outsider co-production - from Dutch director Michael Dudok de Wit - is a gorgeously animated island adventure that takes a turn for the mythical.
The Red Turtle begins with our nameless protagonist struggling for life. He’s adrift in the middle of a huge storm, massive waves filling the screen while rain pelts down and he clings to wreckage to survive. Things don’t improve all that much...
An elegant domestic drama
Three sisters live together in their grandmother’s ramshackle house in the provincial Japanese seaside city of Kamakura. The eldest, Sachi (Haruka Ayase), is a head nurse in a cancer ward, while at home she plays stern dorm mother. The middle...