The Place Promised movie poster

The Place Promised in Our Early Days

THE PLACE PROMISED IN OUR EARLY DAYS (Japan, 2004) a.k.a. Kumo no Muko Yakusoku no Basho [literally translated as “Beyond the Clouds, the Promised Place”] is a Japanese anime film created and directed by Makoto Shinkai. The genre is a romantic sci-fi drama with military tone. Set in the mid-90s, the film follows the story Read more about The Place Promised in Our Early Days[…]

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover movie poster

An Unbelievable Form of Revenge

THE COOK, THE THIEF, HIS WIFE & HER LOVER  (1989, UK and France) While looking for film clips that would help me inspire to write some difficult scenes, I stumbled upon on YouTube this film noir by Peter Greenaway. Rotten Tomatoes said that this is probably Greenaway’s famous film. Also, according the said film review Read more about An Unbelievable Form of Revenge[…]

Tale of Genji movie poster

Tale of Genji: A Thousand Year Enigma

TALE OF GENJI: A THOUSAND YEAR ENIGMA (Genji Monogatari: Sennen no Nazo) (Japan, 2011) Directed by: Yasuo Tsuruhashi Genre: Period / Romance Tale of Genji: A Thousand Year Enigma is based on Japan’s oldest known romantic literary work, The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu, a Japanese novelist, poet, and lady-in-waiting at the Imperial Court Read more about Tale of Genji: A Thousand Year Enigma[…]

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A Different Take on Extra-Marital Affairs

BEFORE SUNRISE (Yoake no Machi de), 2011, Japan I missed the start of this Japanese film on Screen Red (HBO Asia) earlier. And according to their website, there will be no other show time this month. I tried looking for it online but I only found trailers, not the full movie version. Before Sunrise, also Read more about A Different Take on Extra-Marital Affairs[…]

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Justice League: The New Frontier

JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE NEW FRONTIER (2008, US) is a direct-to-video animated film adapted from the DC Comics series. It was written by Justice League writer Stan Berkowitz, and The New Frontier writer and artist Darwyn Cooke. The story is set from 1953 at the end of the Korean War to 1960 during the term of Read more about Justice League: The New Frontier[…]

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A Good Prequel

SAMURAI X: TRUST AND BETRAYAL (Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen, 1999, Japan) This afternoon, Volts and I watched this prequel to the anime television series, written by Masashi Sogo and directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi. It chronicles the backstory of Himura Kenshin as the Hitokiri Battosai, a legendary assassin during the years of the Meiji Restoration. The story Read more about A Good Prequel[…]