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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.

Whisper of the Heart, Directed by Yoshifumi Kondō

Films & Series

Whisper of the Heart, Directed by Yoshifumi Kondō

Review by Michael Sullivan. This film is based on the manga by Aoi Hiiragi [柊 あおい] and was the first Studio Ghibli film to be directed by Yoshifumi Kondō [近藤 喜文]. Sadly Yoshifumi passed away in 1998 at the age of 47. This movie was number one in Japanese cinemas in 1995 and has now […]

Confessions of a Dog

Films & Series

Confessions of a Dog

Directed by Gen Takahashi In Japan there are two things you should never try to oppose – the Emperor and the police!” Gen Takahashi’s Confessions of a Dog is a powerful, grim indictment of the Japanese police force based on Takahashi’s own experiences of the police and the work of his friend Yu Terasawa, a […] Review by Susan Meehan

Akunin [Villain] [悪人]

Films & Series

Akunin [Villain] [悪人]

Directed by Sang-il Lee (李相日), 2010, 139 minutes Review by Susan Meehan. It is five years since the release of Sang-il Lee’s hugely enjoyable Hula Girls [read our review on issue 11], a Full Monty-style feel-good film replete with social commentary and the only one of his works I’d seen. I was, naturally, looking […]

Norwegian Wood

Films & Series

Norwegian Wood

Directed by Tran Anh Hung, 2010, 133 minutes. Review by Susan Meehan.

How to Become Myself (あしたの私のつくり方)

Films & Series

How to Become Myself (あしたの私のつくり方)

How to Become Myself (あしたの私のつくり方) directed by Jun Ichikawa (市川準), 97 minutes, Release Date 28 April 2007. Review by Susan Meehan.

Perfect Blue (パーフェクトブルー)

Films & Series

Perfect Blue (パーフェクトブルー)

Directed by Satoshi Kon (今 敏), 1998, anime, 82 minutes, based on novel of same name by Yoshikazu Takeuchi (竹内義和).

Kamome Diner (かもめ食堂/Ruokalla Lokki)

Films & Series

Kamome Diner (かもめ食堂/Ruokalla Lokki)

Directed by Naoko Ogigami, Released in 2006, 102 mins. Review by Susan Meehan.

Gaea Girls Film Screening and Q&A

Films & Series

Gaea Girls Film Screening and Q&A

Gaea Girls is a film about courage, transformation and dreams in the extraordinary world of Japanese women’s wrestling or joshi puroresu.

Teacher and Three Children (石内尋常高等小学校 花は散れども)

Films & Series

Teacher and Three Children (石内尋常高等小学校 花は散れども)

Directed by Shindo Kaneto (新藤兼人). 2008, 118 minutes. Review by Susan Meehan.

Your Friends (きみの友だち)

Films & Series

Your Friends (きみの友だち)

Directed by Hiroki Ryuichi (廣木隆一). 2008, 126 minutes. Review by Susan Meehan.