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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.

Colorful

Films & Series

Colorful

Directed by Keiichi Hara The movie Colorful was screened at the ICA and included an introduction by the film’s director, Keiichi Hara, as well as a Q & A afterwards. Review by Mike Sullivan

Roujin Z

Films & Series

Roujin Z

Directed by Hiroyuki Kitakubo and written by Katsuhiro Otomo Focusing on the problem of Japan’s ageing population, the film satirically reproduces the mech-orientated glory days of Japanese animation, placing this camp and overblown genre within a serious moral construct. Review by Chris Corker

Snow Falling on Cedars

Films & Series

Snow Falling on Cedars

Directed by Scott Hicks This is a story about the trial of a Japanese American, Kabuo Miyamoto, accused of murdering a white American, Carl Heine, over a land dispute. Review by Michael Sullivan

The Railway Man

Films & Series

The Railway Man

Directed by Jonathan Teplitzy The Railway Man is a powerful film based on Eric Lomax’s book of the same name, featuring particularly wonderful performances by Colin Firth and Jeremy Irvine as, respectively, the young and older Lomax. Review by Susan Meehan

See You Tomorrow, Everyone

Films & Series

See You Tomorrow, Everyone

Directed by Yoshihiro Nakamura The movie begins with a newsreel about the ‘Projects,’ a housing estate where people can live, work, shop and go to school without ever leaving the local area. Happy families and housewives are shown living and [...] Review by Mike Sullivan

The Woodsman and the Rain

Films & Series

The Woodsman and the Rain

Directed and written by Shuichi Okita In The Woodsman and the Rain the interaction of a film crew and the inhabitants of a small village are shown through the eyes of a widowed lumberjack and a young director. Review by Mike Sullivan

Kotoko

Films & Series

Kotoko

By Shinya Tsukamoto The premise of the movie takes on a subject which is taboo in Japan, mental illness, and presents the plight of a single mother trying to raise a baby while [...] Review by Mike Sullivan

Throne of Blood

Films & Series

Throne of Blood

Directed by Akira Kurosawa This movie is an interpretation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, the story is focused around Washizu who is a general for the lord of spider web castle. The movie brings together [...] Review by Mike Sullivan

From up on Poppy Hill

Films & Series

From up on Poppy Hill

Directed by Goro Miyazaki This production follows a common theme in Studio Ghibli movies of innocent romance and the coming of age of teenagers, this time set in 1960s Yokohama. Review by Mike Sullivan

Kiki’s Delivery Service

Films & Series

Kiki’s Delivery Service

Directed by Hayao Miyazaki The story is based on a Japanese children’s book written in 1985 by Eiko Kadono and was adapted by the master of animation Hayao Miyazaki in 1989. The English release [...] Review by Lucy Searles