Tokyo Sonata

Tokyo Sonata (2008)

Tokyo Sonata first published by Film4 Summary: Japan’s contemporay nightmares are domesticated in this allegorical family drama dirrected and co-written by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Review: No matter in what genre he works, Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Cure, Charisma, Pulse, Bright Future) is Japan’s undisputed king of blank, using such a coolly dispassionate and aloof style to usher in…

Third

The Third Murder (Sandome no Satsujin) (2017)

The Third Murder (Sandome no Satsujin) first published by RealCrime Magazine “You don’t need understanding or empathy to defend a client,” states defence lawyer Shigemori (Masaharu Fukuyama). “You’re not going to become friends.” Shigemori is currently defending fifty-something Misumi (Kōji Yakusho) on a murder charge. In the opening scene of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s The Third Murder,…

Cure

Cure (Kyua) (1997)

Cure first published by LWLies, as the 56th entry in my Cinema Psychotronicum column “It’s not good to work too hard. You look sicker than your wife to me.” In Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Cure (Kyua), police detective Takabe (played by Koji Yakusho, in his first of many rôles for Kurosawa) is told this by the psychiatrist…

The World Of Kanako

The World of Kanako (2014)

“I just want to find my daughter,” declares Fujishima Akikazu (Koj iYakusho). Lost to a haze of pills, alcohol and psychiatric disorders, this destructively aggressive ex-cop turned security guard has just been interviewed by the police regarding some young murder victims found in the convenience store near where he works, when his ex-wife Kiriko calls…