Yurigokoro

Yurigokoro (2017)

Yurigokoro programme note for the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme (2019) “You’re going too fast!” an alarmed Chie (Nana Seino) tells her fiancé Ryosuke (Tori Matsuzaka) as he aggressively speeds to overtake an SUV on a quiet two-lane road in the woods. “No more reckless driving, OK?” This is moments after Ryosuke had told Chie how his mother died saving him from drowning in…

Chasuke’s Journey (2015)

Review of film that formed part of the ‘0th’ Edition of the London East Asian Film Festival (LEAFF 2015) Chasuke (Ken’ichi Matsuyama) is head tea server in Heaven for the legions of workers who script the lives of mortals on Earth. When one of the less imaginative Screenwriters, instructed by ‘the Man’ (i.e. God) to…