Shadow of Fire

Shadow of Fire (Hokage) (2023)

Shadow of Fire (Hokage) screened at the Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme 2024 In the still smouldering embers left by the end of the Pacific War, an unnamed woman (played with unhinged intensity by Shuri) lives alone in a tavern that is one of the only buildings in this black-market district left standing after the…

Plain

Fires on the Plain (Nobi) (2014)

Fires on the Plain first published by Little White Lies, as the 41st part of my Cinema Psychotronicum column In Elem Klimov’s extraordinary anti-war film Come and See (1985), the toll of Nazi outrages in Byelorussia was reflected on young protagonist Florya’s face, shown often in harrowing close-up and seeming to age visibly and dramatically in…