Tag: japan

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]


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 […]