Sandome no satsujin – The Third Murder

Director Kore-eda Hirokazu's more recent films have been family focused (After the Storm, Like Father Like Son, Our Little Sister) exploring broken relationships and human frailty. With The Third Murder however, Kore-eda has returned to much larger questions of life's purpose and what it means to be a human being, in the vein of Air … Continue reading Sandome no satsujin – The Third Murder

The White Girl (2017)

I had a meeting at relatively short notice in London last week and, knowing it would mean an overnight stay, headed straight to the London Film Festival website to see what options were still available for the evening in question. Well, The White Girl had me at Christopher Doyle. The master of cinematography has co-directed … Continue reading The White Girl (2017)

Umi yori mo mada fukaku – After the Storm

Another slice of domestic Japanese life seen through the lens of director Hirokazu Kore-eda. In many ways this is nothing new from the Japanese director, yet at the same time it is a different domestic arrangement which provides the backdrop for the narrative. Uncontrollable natural elements force together a broken family and we end up … Continue reading Umi yori mo mada fukaku – After the Storm

Ah-ga-ssi – The Handmaiden

I wasn't expecting to laugh as much as I did in this tale of grifters, oppression and eroticism. Director Chan-wook Park has reframed this story from Victorian England to 1930s Japanese-occupied Korea, and it looks gorgeous. It's clever in the way it uses flashbacks and replays scenes from different viewpoints, gradually letting the audience in … Continue reading Ah-ga-ssi – The Handmaiden

Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary)

Subtle, gentle, delightful and insightful - Kore-eda Hirokazu manages to present the delicate intricacies of family life in which on the surface not much happens, but beneath that, each family member learns something about herself and her sisters, without huge revelations or tantrums. Kore-eda's last two films, I Wish and Like Father, Like Son focussed on … Continue reading Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary)