Scam drama stays dark throughout.
JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL: Miwa Nishikawa’s Dreams for Sale is eminently involving but this is not to say it has an easy, engaging narrative. A complex morality tale that challenges gender definition in Japanese middle-class, all-the-while...
Clever, pacy comedy goes the distance.
JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL: Japanese comedy writer-director Kenji Uchida, who garnered a handful of minor prizes at Cannes with his 2005 debut, A Stranger of Mine, has with his third feature delivered an entirely fresh take on the time-worn themes of...
Tsurube Shofukutei shines in moving medical drama.
JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL: The anti-hero of Miwa Nishikawa's Dear Doctor is Ino (well-known TV comic Tsurube Shofukutei), a country doctor with the kind of face you can’t help but love. With his happy squint, bad-glasses and crinkly features, Doc...