Category Archives: Film

Koki Mitani’s Odessa

“Three characters. Two languages. One truth.” This is the idea behind Odessa (オデッサ), Koki Mitani’s first new play in three and a half years, set in 1999 in the American town of Odessa, Texas. A Japanese tourist is detained on … Continue reading

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RRR × TAKA“R”AZUKA ~√Bheem~

If you pay attention to movies at all, you’ve probably heard of – and should have seen – RRR, the incredible, ridiculous, and insanely over-the-top 2022 historical action-drama epic about colonialism, friendship, and loyalty. The film was directed and co-written by … Continue reading

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The Itami Juzo Museum

Ever since I began planning my move to Japan in mid-2023, there was one place I promised myself I’d go at the first possible opportunity: the Itami Juzo Museum (伊丹十三記念館 / Itami Juzo kinenkan) in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, on the … Continue reading

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Tomcat’s Big Adventure

I got to see a very, very rare Japanese film last night: Tomcat’s Big Adventure (ちびねこトムの大冒険 地球を救え!なかまたち / Chibineko Tom no Daibouken: Chikyuu o Sukue! Nakama-tachi) Background Tomcat’s Big Adventure was to be the debut feature of Ryūtarō Nakamura, best … Continue reading

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