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Akira

Few animated films can claim to have the influence that Akira has had. Initially released as a series of graphic novels in Japan, it was one in a long tradition of comics stretching back over a century. These ‘Manga’ comics...

Tampopo

In Tampopo, food is life. It is death, and sex, and everything between. To Western audiences, a film about noodles may seem flippant, and the seriousness with which the gastronomes treat their craft nothing more than comic irony, but the...

Creepy

With Creepy, Cannes prize-winning director Kiyoshi Kurosawa returns to the horrors with which he first found fame nearly twenty years ago. Unlike Pulse (2001), however, in which spirits threaten to invade the corporeal world through the internet, this latest film...

Godzilla (1954)

In the half-century since Godzilla first marauded his way onto Japanese cinema screens the giant, fire-breathing monster hasn’t changed that much. He might be a bit bigger and look more convincing in Gareth Edwards’ most recent Godzilla (2014) iteration but...

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