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Ethel & Ernest
Ethel & Ernest
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5.0 out of 5 stars MOVING BRITISH HISTORY, 12 July 2017
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This lively animated film tells the true story of Raymond Brigg's own parents from the day they first meet until their passing, in the same year in 1971.

Along they way they fall in love, marry, buy their lifelong family home and acquire the various trappings of their times, such as a telephone, a car and other more subliminal items which always set the tone of the times.

History too is very much a part of the story. WW11 comes and goes as does the 1945 Atlee Government and their real life son Raymond himself, grows up and shocks his parents by going to art college in the 1950's.

What makes this special is that it could so readily be the parents of many of us and that is also what makes it so moving.

An underrated masterpiece.


Miss Hokusai
Miss Hokusai
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4.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL STORY FROM THE EARLY DAYS OF TOKYO, 10 July 2017
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Moving Japanese anime telling the story of the great artist through his daughters and entourage. The storytelling is bound together through various stories behind his more famous paintings and all in all it is an accomplished moving example of current anime with a lovely soundtrack.


Five Centimetres Per Second
Five Centimetres Per Second
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL, HEARTBREAKING JAPANESE LOVE STORY, 24 Jun. 2017
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Japanese anime is currently enjoying a wave of mainstream popularity, largely down to the success of Your name towards the end of last year. This is one of the Director's earlier films and is was a joy to watch.

Two teenagers a boy and a girl, strike up a heartfelt freindship at school, and although they both move hundreds of miles away to new schools, their love endures, or does it? Told in three parts, the first shows the characters at school together and on a visit to meet each other, the second involves another girl who has a crush on the male character ,and the third sees the two characters in adulthood years later.

The theme of the movie is distance and time and the title takes its name from the speed at which cherry blossom falls, ( popular tree in South East Asia), This is a wonderful, life affirming and gorgeous movie with indelible music, particularly the closing song. Watching it for the second time, it was not hard to see why its Director has become the new star of Japanese Anime.


Only Yesterday
Only Yesterday
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOST STUDIO GHIBLI GEM ARRIVES AT LAST, 1 Jun. 2017
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This Studio Ghibli lost gem was first released in 1991 but only made it to DVD in the West last year, for some inexplicable reason.

It nevertheless soared into made the Rotten Tomatoes top twenty movies of the year and deservedly so.

It tells the story of a 21 year old woman on a farming holiday in the Japanese countryside where she evaluates her life and future, through a series of flashbacks to her life as a ten year old girl growing up in Tokyo with her parents, grandmother and three elder sisters, scenes which make up the majority of the film.

The only person who seems to understand her in the present, is a young organic farmer, with whom she is staying for a few weeks. Although some of the anime graphic technology now seems a little dated, this is a warm hearted and enchanting film all the more welcome for its belated arrival in the West.


Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL FILM IN A STUNNING MOUNTAIN SETTING, 28 April 2017
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Set in 1971, coming up to the present day this is a coming of a age film combining politics, literature, and romance in a truly stunning mountain setting. A beautiful and though provoking film with great performances.


Fighting For Love
Fighting For Love
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Hong Kong Romantic Comedy, 22 Aug. 2016
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Charming romantic comedy, with Tony Leung as a small restuarant owner who meets a pushy office worker who loses her job. The music is lovely and although the ending is never in doubt this is is a film that shows Hong Kong at its beautiful best and a fun way to spend ninety minutes


The Road Home
The Road Home
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL CHINESE LOVE STORY, 9 Aug. 2016
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A beautiful, simple love story set, amid gorgous Chinese countryside. Much of it us set as a flashback and marked the start of Ziyi Zhang's subsequently giltterring career. Moving and knowing each measure, this is a film and love, the countryside, the value of education in Chinese rural areas and aging, by China's best known Director.


Ley Lines
Ley Lines
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5.0 out of 5 stars EARLY TAKASHI MIIKE GEM, 15 July 2016
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This early Takashi Miike movie follows a group of doomed half-Chinese, Japanese young people, alienated from society. Most of it is set in downtown Tokyo, where they become involved in organised crime.

Some elegant stylish scenes, puntcuated in equal measure with moments of comedy and tragedy, and homage is paid to French New Wave cinema, particularly through the soundtrack. it gives an early glimpse of just how important Miike was about to become in Japanese, Asian and world cinema.


Black Snow
Black Snow
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty Chinese Drama, 14 July 2016
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Winner of the Silver Bear in Berlin in 1990, Xie Fei's film is a politically daring tale of urban alienation and despair. A former prisoner, played by the great Chinese actor Jiang Wen, arrives back in his native Beijing to find that he has no family or prospects or friends, just his underworld contacts trying to drag him back into a life of crime... Taking the classic crime thriller 'hook' - ex-con struggling to go straight - Black Snow emerges as a powerful study of displacement. It takes place at the shattering juncture of the student movement and the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 and vividly captures the social impact of potential political change at that time.
The DVD includes a thought provoking interview with the Director, who is also a renowed teacher of Film Studies.


The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL FAIRY TALE, 2 Mar. 2016
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Beautiful fairytale about a young girl sent down to earth, her happy childhood in the countryside and bleaker years after her father comes into money and moves to the city to turn her into a princess.

The music as ever, is sublime.


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