Tag: japanese cinema

“Shoplifters” Movie Review by Daniel Barnes

Shoplifters (2018; Hirokazu Koreeda) GRADE: B+ By Daniel Barnes When the domestic drama Shoplifters won the Palme d’Or last Summer at Cannes, right on the heels of a string of solid but same-ish domestic dramas from Japanese filmmaker Koreeda (including Like Father, Like Son, Our Little Sister and After the Storm), it seemed possible […]

“The Ballad of Narayama” Movie Review by Mike Dub

The Ballad of Narayama (1983; Shôhei Imamura) GRADE: A- By Mike Dub The opening image of Shôhei Imamura’s 1983 Palme d’Or winner The Ballad of Narayama is a somewhat anachronistic helicopter shot.  We’re ushered deep into the mountainous recesses of the Japanese wilderness, a journey that reaches further […]

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