There is a common association between Japan and weird things. From bizarre toys to talking toilets, the west has become pretty obsessed by Japan, mostly to finger point and furrow our brows at crabs in vending machines and grown men dressed as school girls. Great shows like Adam and Joe Go Tokyo and Jonathan Ross’ […]

Homosexuality is still taboo in many societies throughout the world. One such society is the East-African country of Uganda, which has become renowned for its hostile attitude towards LGBT communities following recent legislative attempts to make homosexual acts punishable by death. Now a new documentary shows us first hand the atrocities that take place on […]

This biographical documentary (which was shown at this year’s BFI London Film Festival) explores the extraordinary life of Micky Burn, an English poet with a thousand fascinating stories to tell. ‘Turned Towards the Sun’ follows the 97-year-old war veteran as he re-examines his past, travelling between Wales, France and Germany to reflect on the multitude […]

A while back I went to see a UK preview of the latest anime feature-length film from Studio Ghibli, From Up on Poppy Hill (コクリコ坂から, Kokuriko-zaka kara). In Japan, it ranked as the highest-grossing film of 2011, managing to make around $56 million (£35m), and was also the second directorial effort of Goro Miyazaki, the […]

Hello! Apologies that things have once again gone quiet on this blog. I’ve just begun writing for the awesome documentary news and reviews website Docgeeks, and they’ve been keeping me very busy. You can check out all my reviews on the site here: http://docgeeks.com/author/emma/

As mentioned in my quick post on Friday, this weekend has played host to London’s Japanese Film Festival Zipangu Fest. Yesterday I went along to the amazing Cinema Museum in Kennington, London to see a documentary which aimed to shed light on a little-known community within Japanese society. ‘Lonely Swallows: Living as Children of Migrant […]

Tonight, the Japanese Film Festival Zipangu Fest opens in London. All this weekend, from 14th-16th September 2012, the Festival is presenting a range of fantastic and little-known Japanese films which are being screened at London’s Cinema Museum in Kennington. I’ll be there tomorrow to review the documentary ‘Lonely Swallows: Living as Children of Migrant Workers‘, […]