Tag: Kirin Kiki

Erica 38 [2019]: ‘Japan Cuts’ Review – A Shallow Con

Crafting a character study about an objectively “bad” person is a tough row to hoe. On one hand, pathology can help an audience understand a character’s behavior as having a root cause,…

Kakekomi 2018

Kakekomi (2018): ‘NYAFF’ Review

Kakekomi (2018): A tale of oppression, endurance, and refuge For someone who hasn’t seen much of Japanese Cinema or attended any Japanese film festival – I have only seen Kurosawa’s Dreams really…

Still Walking [2008]: Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Elegiac Masterpiece

Ozu-esque is the word that sprang to my mind when watching Hirokazu Kore-eda’s culturally specific yet emotionally relatable nuanced family dramas for the first time. Like Mr. Yasujiro Ozu, Kore-eda goes for…

After The Storm [2016] – JIO MAMI Mumbai Film Festival Review

As a child, one dreams of what they want to be when they grow up. While getting to that point takes all kinds of pit-stops, sometimes your life turns out differently from what you’ve imagined. Kore-eda himself confesses that he wanted to be a successful writer and not a film-maker and somehow things didn’t work his way. After the Storm tells us that it’s totally okay to have failed at what you wanted to be because life doesn’t end there. What’s most important is to not undo the past, but correct all the imperfections that hinder the present.