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The Japan Society Review

The Japan Society Review is published on a bimonthly basis, both online and printed (members are entitled to receive a copy by post). Since the starting of the publication in 2006, each issue covers a selection of Japan-related books and films, as well as theatre and stage productions, tv series and exhibitions. Its purpose is to inform, entertain and encourage readers to explore the works for themselves.

The Japan Society Review is possible thanks to the work of volunteers who dedicated their time and expertise to help us to promote the learning and understanding of Japanese culture and society.

In This Corner of the World

Films & Series

In This Corner of the World

Directed by Katabuchi Sunao 72 years after US airforces dropped The Little Boy nuclear bomb, former Ghibli employee Katabuchi Sunao explores this devastating historical event through a wonderfully vivid new story. Adapted from Fumiyo's [...] Review by Poppy Cosyns

Node

Films & Series

Node

Directed by Koike Atsushi The film starts with a brief landscape shot. The camera is waiting patiently in an old woman’s kitchen. She will speak when she’s ready, and begins to tell us how her 70 years of service at the temple started. Review by Roger Macy

Start Line

Films & Series

Start Line

Directed by Imamura Ayako Ayako started as no cyclist but made a winning opening move. She heads to her local specialist bike shop in Nagoya and recruits a staff-member there, Hotta Tetsu, as her second camera-person and [...] Review by Roger Macy

Ainu. Pathways to Memory

Films & Series

Ainu. Pathways to Memory

Directed by Marcos Centeno Martín In 2014, Marcos Centeno Martín released Ainu. Pathways to Memory, “which portrays the problems of identity and assimilation of the Ainu people in Japan and means of preserving and disseminating their [...] Review by Susan Meehan

At the Terrace

Films & Series

At the Terrace

Written and directed by Yamauchi Kenji The action starts, tentatively enough, as a well-dressed woman, not yet in middle age, spies a rather shy young man looking in at the party from the terrace. She calls him out for looking at a woman, younger than [...] Review by Roger Macy

A Doctor’s Sword

Films & Series

A Doctor’s Sword

Directed by Gary Lennon A Doctor’s Sword had the potential to explore an interesting, off-beat topic – the relationship of Ireland to Japan during WorldWar II. The complexity of the subject expands when one considers the 50,000 [...] Review by Roger Macy

Le Moulin

Films & Series

Le Moulin

Directed by Huang Ya-li Le Moulin comes from the name of a poetry society in Taiwan in the 1930s. Its authors, like most educated people in Taiwan at the time, wrote entirely in Japanese. This particular society wrapped itself in [...] Review by Roger Macy

A Silent Voice

Films & Series

A Silent Voice

Directed by Naoko Yamada Based on a manga series of the same title, A Silent Voice tells the story of Ishida Shoya, a spiky haired loner who comes to deeply regret bullying his deaf class mate Nishimiya Shoko. Yamada navigates [...] Review by Poppy Cosyns

Gaea Girls

Films & Series

Gaea Girls

Directed by Kim Longinotto and Jano Williams In Kim Longinotto’s observational documentary the line between reality and staging in the profession of female wrestling (joshi puroresu) is addressed with ambiguity. On the one hand, the training regimes [...] Review by George Barker

Silence

Films & Series

Silence

Directed by Martin Scorsese Scorsese has adapted the famous novel of Endo Shusaku. The novel is set mainly around the 1630s at a time when the violent eradication of Christianity in the early Tokugawa era was mainly achieved, apart [...] Review by Roger Macy