Who Will Fight Our Wars?

  On the 15th of August, 1945, all of Japan was tuned into their radios.  It was a remarkable moment – Emperor Hirohito, venerated by millions as the living embodiment of God, was to address his subjects at noon. It was the first time that a ruler from the oldest hereditary dynasty in the world…

Movie Review: After Life

If you could take only one memory with you to the afterlife, what would it be? This simple question forms the basis for Hirokazu Koreeda’s Japanese film After Life. The movie is set in that limbo period between life and the afterlife. Before progressing to the afterlife, each person who dies arrives at a facility…

Top 5 Horror Animes

by DVL Vidya   Who doesn’t like a good scare? (A lot of people, actually, but really those people are missing out). Everybody knows that Japan comes up with the creepiest shit ever. Hollywood definitely knows this and that is why nearly all the good horror movies are remakes of even more horrifying Japanese movies. (I’m talking about…

The Life and Times of Miyazaki

Film critic Roger Ebert once said that there were only three great centres of cinema in the world; the American, the French and the Japanese. With Ozu (Tokyo Story) and Mizoguchi (Ugetsu Monogatari) dead, and Kurosawa (Rashomon) dealing with bouts of depression, Japanese cinema seemed to have lost some of its sheen in the early 80s.…