When abused children return after they went missing, their abusers find a mysterious death after 3 days. Local newspaper reporter Shunya investigates the deaths, while his girlfriend Naomi gets too close to one of the haunted children.
The legend and fright of of the Inunaki village of Japan comes back to life. Everything there is cursed and morbid. Moreover, the village actually exists. Enter Kanae a licensed and ... See full summary »
Young mailman finds out he has no time left due to a terminal disease. Suddenly he is approached by a devil that offers him to live more time if he eliminates something from the world. ... See full summary »
Daigo doesn't go to school anymore. His sister, Kiriko, is worried and their father is no help. Now Daigo is missing. He's in danger, and Kiriko will have to follow him into a world of nightmares to discover the truth.
An anthology of several short films by several directors where each has taken inspiration from a favourite song of his by the Japanese punk rock band. The segments include Be Kind to Others, Love Letter and A Boy's Song.
After her parents separate, 14 year-old Tetsuko (who will soon be nick-named Alice) moves with her mother to a new town in what she calls "The Boonies" and must enroll as a transfer student... See full summary »
Like many others, when I first heard about the live action adaptation of Kiki's Delivery Service I was intrigued as to how it would compare (maybe unfairly so) to the beloved Miyazaki masterpiece. Would it capture that same magic or would it take a different tack? Perhaps it would be more aligned to the source book than Miyazaki's adaptation? Well the film starts off strong, with a lavish witch's den and the caring parents sending their head-strong girl into the wide world. The initial flying sequences were beautifully shot but then the film lands into familiar JDrama territory when Kiki wakes up in the local zoo. The film than plods along in a predictable fashion onto the conclusion. It has Kiki's struggle to discover herself through adversity and hardship. It has Kiki learning to trust other people and to be trusted herself. What it didn't have was some of that film magic that would have set it higher or made it any more memorable.
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