Funuke: Show Some Love, You Losers! (2007)

Funuke: Show Some Love, You Losers! first published by Film4 Summary:  Daihachi Yoshida’s directorial debut is a black domestic dramedy in which family frictions seek artistic outlets.  Review: The dysfunctional family is a traditional subject for Japanese cinema that perhaps achieved its best known and most refined form in Yasujiro Ozu’s Tokyo Story (1953). Daihachi Yoshida’s…


Birthday (Saeng-il) (2019)

Text of my onstage introduction to Birthday (Saeng-il), which screened at the London Korean Film Festival 2019 On the morning of 16 April, 2014, an 18-year-old, overladen ferry named the MV Sewol was travelling from Incheon to Jeju, when it listed heavily while making a course adjustment and started rapidly taking on water as it…

Interview: John McNaughton on The Harvest (2014)

Interview first published by Film4 Chicago born and bred, John McNaughton broke into the filmmaking world with a well-received if little-seen documentary on his hometown’s gangsters, Dealers in Death (1984) – but it was his next film, the unflinching crime psychodrama Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1990), that would gain McNaughton the most attention….