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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...
The surface is classical, but the perversity bubbles up from beneath.
The Korean provocateur Park Chan-wook would be the last director I’d have figured would make a lush, romantic, crowd-pleasing melodrama like The Handmaiden, which he adapted from Fingersmith (2002), by the Welsh novelist Sarah Waters. Park is the...
Park Chan-wook's Korean interpretation of Sarah Waters' "Fingersmith" is clever, heady and sensually lavish to a fault.
Boasting more tangled plots and bodies than an octopus has tentacles, South Korean auteur Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden is a bodice-ripper about a pickpocket who poses as a maid to swindle a sequestered heiress. His first Korean-language...
Fact meets fiction in contemporary creature feature
Editor's note: This film was released in Australia as 'Shin Godzilla' 
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...
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