Tsuyukusa

Tsuyukusa (2022)

Tsuyukusa first published as a programme note for the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2023 Writer/director Hideyuki Hirayama could aptly be called a veteran filmmaker. His feature debut Maria no ibukuro was made back in 1990, and many others have followed. Haunted School (1995) and its sequel (1996) were influential on the J-horror revival at…

Fast Charlie

Fast Charlie (2023)

Fast Charlie begins near its end, as Charlie (Pierce Brosnan) is held at gunpoint in an isolated junkyard, himself unarmed and literally with his pants down. As he reveals in voiceover, this is not quite how he had pictured his final moments to be – but having lived a violent life as a gangland fixer,…