Rob in Japan’s Guide to Kumamoto

On the Southern island of Kyushu,Kumamoto is a city in Japan. It’s mostly rural and there are many beautiful sights to visit. Most people who have heard about the city know about the Kumamoto Bear, a mascot created to draw tourists to the region when the Shinkansen opened in 2010. This loveable character has beenContinue reading “Rob in Japan’s Guide to Kumamoto”

Drive my Car Review

How the film diverges from the book, whilst keeping some things the same. Published as part of a short story collection, Drive My Car is one of Murakami’s finest short stories. But it’s not particularly dramatic, strange, or interesting. Nothing would suggest that it would make a particularly cinematic film. But here we are, withContinue reading “Drive my Car Review”

She’s on a working holiday!

The joys of the Asian girl on a working holiday visa in UK Every year, some 2000 working holiday visas are granted to people aged up to 30 in some of the east Asian countries such as South Korea and Japan. The majority are here for enjoying a break from the often hectic lives theyContinue reading “She’s on a working holiday!”

Asian Crush

The Asian ‘girlfriend experience’ in two American movies If we take a look at depictions of Asian women is some famous American films, we can get an idea of how certain ideas and stereotypes have gained a hold in people’s understanding of Asian women. I want to look at two American films that show relationshipsContinue reading “Asian Crush”

New experiences in Japan

I stayed in large countryside home with traditional shoji paper screens. For contrast, I also slept in a one-room studio apartment in a suburb of Tokyo. Somehow I managed my 20-kilo bag inside Ryo’s place, using his bed whilst he slept on the floor. All this is to say that while it might not beContinue reading “New experiences in Japan”

Shoplifters Review

They are six in the family, a rag-tag bag of waifs and strays in a downtrodden suburb of an unnamed Japanese city. Kore-eda has moved away from the struggles of the middle class with something new; a film that looks at those on the very margins of society and  somewhere close to the criminal underworld. Continue reading “Shoplifters Review”

Busan International Film festival: Killing

Masterfuly directed by Tsukamoto, Killing manages to make a Shakespearean tragedy in Japan that lasts under 2 hours. It’s an austere, harshly beautiful film about what it takes to survive in difficult surroundings. After a mesmerizing opening where we watch gleaming samurai sword forged out of glowing embers, we meet the characters whose lives will be overwhelmed byContinue reading “Busan International Film festival: Killing”

Two Film museums in Japan

Two film museums in Japan. Studio Ghibli Museum Juzo Itami Museum As one of the most popular attractions in Japan, tickets are very hard to get hold of. You can only get them in advance. You are given a time slot. And that’s it. Bow, I have no issue with popular places and I understandContinue reading “Two Film museums in Japan”

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