December 20, 2013

Fantasia 2013 bits I

Rurouni Kenshin (Keishi Ohtomo, 2012) For our readers new to the character, the film is the story of Kenshin, a samurai who, in penance for his past sins, dedicates his life to helping the innocent with a reverse-edge blade, a weapon that can never kill. I’m a huge fan of the anime series, and although it was loads of fun […]
March 3, 2011

Instant Swamp (Satoshi Miki, 2009)

WHAT IT IS: After her mother’s suicide attempt, Haname, a young woman in crisis, finds a letter addressed to her long-lost biological father and decides she wants to meet him. HOW IT IS: After the surreal Adrift in Tokyo (2007) Miki disappoints with this unfocused fable exploring the great divide between magical thought and rational thought, as observed through Haname’s […]
April 20, 2010

Adrift In Tokyo (Satoshi Miki, 2007)

WHAT IT IS: Unable to repay his student loans, a law student in Tokyo has to accompany the debt collector on a tour of the city to wipe his slate clean. HOW IT IS: In a cluster of bizarre scenes and odd situations, Adrift in Tokyo makes us experience its city, from its empty residential streets to its Metropolis-like allure; […]