Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (14 of 16)


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Confessions [DVD] [2010] <b>DVD</b> ~ Takako Matsu
Confessions [DVD] [2010] DVD ~ Takako Matsu
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic film, if you like films a bit more challenging than the usual 'three act structure', predictable, main stream cinema. It handles the story of vengeance with the brooding, unnerving tension familiar in other SE Asian cinema ie 'Oldboy', it builds to an incredible last chapter. I was surprised that the story was based on a novel rather than a manga comic, it really has a comic book, exaggerated feel, and the framing is very anime. The use of a constant soundtrack bed was unusual and effective too.

With a classroom full of kids like this you realise that the terrible premise behind 'Battle Royale' wasn't such a bad idea after all.
Shall We Dance? [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Koji Yakusho
Shall We Dance? [DVD] DVD ~ Koji Yakusho
I agree with all the other reviewers here, this is a lovely film. A sort of Strictly Ballroom meets Christopher Guest's 'Best in Show'. It has a wonderful underplayed subtlety and some excellent side characters, mad Latino dancer Mr Aiko is a particular favourite.

Worth noting this is the shorter version of the film. It was recut for the western release. Hopefully the full length Japanese cinema release one will get onto DVD one day..
Confessions of a Dog [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Shun Sugata
Confessions of a Dog [DVD] DVD ~ Shun Sugata
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Dog, 5 Mar 2011
Incredible film, it's a sort of Japanese 'The Wire' only bleaker.

A tale of endemic corruption from top to bottom in the police force, although not based on a real story the director Gen Takahashi says all the incidents are based on real stories.
As well as an exposing the police it also highlights a complicity and ineffectiveness in the local news media. It is powerfully played and has an epic feel. You don't feel that any of the 3 hours was wasted.
It's a shame it hasn't had more exposure, it was hardly screened at all in it's native Japan.

Highly recommended.

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