Bittersweet (JPN)

Another movie that I saw today is “Bittersweet”, a Japanese movie about a oman named Maki (Haruna Kawaguchi) who hates vegetables and single but she has a crush on a vegetarian and gay guy named Nagisa (Kento Hayashi). After blackmailing Nagisa, Maki moved in to Nagisa’s house and they learned a lot about each other. The storyline is unique, it is […]

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KANO VS Vancouver Asahi

I watched two baseball-related Asian films, KANO and Vancouver Asahi on the same day. Although the situations are a little bit different, both are about baseball players before the world war and based on real stories. KANO is about how Taiwanese high school students aim to enter the Koshien, Japanese national baseball high school championship, when Taiwan was under Japanese government. Whereas, […]

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All good things must come to an end; HIFF wrap up

The Fall 2014 Hawaii International Film Festival was successful to say the least. During the festival I attended the opening press conference and three Films; Stations of the Cross, Kabukicho Love Hotel, and Mary Kom. There were more films that I wanted to see like Beyond the Surface, Imitation Game, and others, but those films either didn’t fit with my schedule or they were sold […]

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Kabukicho Love Hotel

Dangerous work: A review of Kabukicho Love Hotel

This Saturday, I saw a double feature of Kabukicho Love Hotel and Mary Kom. I started off with Kabukicho Love Hotel, and it was not what I was expecting, to say the least. Kabukicho Love Hotel is about a hotel in Japan that is primarily used for sex. They deal with pornography, prostitution, cheating, and it is very dangerous work. The story follows […]

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Japanese Anime Fan Reacts to Mamoru Hasoda’s “The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki”

It’s the last day Hawaii International Film Festival, and still theater room 12 was packed with many people, young and old. The screening of prominent Japanese animator Mamoru Hosoda’s award winning film, “The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki” was a hit even before the film began. But if you consider the popularity of Japanese animation, or anime, then you could understand why. Japanese anime has developed into an […]

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Jiro Dreams of Sushi-a Review

I sort of stumbled into this film by chance not really knowing what to expect, however upon sitting down and watching “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” I was immersed in a world not many get to see. You see, the ART of sushi to a man named Jiro is no joke. This documentary focuses on an aged man whose life revolves […]

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Death for Justice: Takashi Miike’s 13 Assassins

13 Assassins, directed by prolific Japanese filmmaker Takashi Miike, is based on an actual historical event. Set in the peaceful Edo period (1600 – 1868), the sadistic Lord Naritsugu rapes, kills and tortures at will. Being the half-brother of the Shogun, the head of the ruling Tokugawa government, the young sociopath cannot be touched. However, dissent grows among the honorable […]

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Before starting to tell you about the movie, I have to say that this was by far the GREATEST of them all. This documentary- this story, was absolutely mind-blowing. We got to know the story of the American colonization of several Polynesian islands, the Guanos. The project started during the 1930s, around when the New Deal was imposed. In 1936 […]

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