Giants and Toys – Blu-Ray Release

https://youtu.be/IpBNmo6Rhp4 Directed by Yasuzô Masumura Japan/ 1958/ 95 mins ★★★★ A sweet tooth isn’t enough anymore, as a post-war Japan comes to loggerheads with the tactics of Western capitalism; where the ethical practices of a traditional company and family values waiver at the corrosive touch of glorified media and advertising excesses. Three candy manufacturers Giant, … Continue reading Giants and Toys – Blu-Ray Release

Meatball Machine – Review

https://youtu.be/8G9cRhnm0sE Directed by Yudai Yamaguchi & Jun’ichi Yamamoto Japan/ 2005/ 90 mins ★★ There’s something that the cinematic triumphs share with the more peculiar films; you usually have an idea of how things are going within the first few frames. For one, it’s a compliment to setting the tone or a visual style to enrapture. For others, … Continue reading Meatball Machine – Review

Monster Seafood Wars – Fantasia Film Festival

https://youtu.be/uAADM0nhJBs Written & Directed by Minoru Kawasaki Japan/ 2020/ 84 mins ★★ Attempting to imitate the infamous Kaiju genre, known for giving the world Godzilla, Rodan and Mothra, Monster Seafood Wars leaps out of the gate with ridiculous strides, a ludicrous script, and lashings of exuberant Japanese enthusiasm. In part a mockumentary, Monster Seafood Wars frames itself with a news crew interviewing a survivor and … Continue reading Monster Seafood Wars – Fantasia Film Festival