Blu-ray Review: ‘Totoro’, ‘Grave of the Fireflies’

★★★★★ If there’s one studio reboot that seems immune to criticism (and today, we’re lumped with about ten per week) it’s Japanese animation guru Hayao Miyazaki’s heartwarming My Neighbour Totoro (Tonari no Totoro, 1988). Partially, its success is all in the timing. In the 1970s, animé was moulded for television, Continue Reading

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Kuroneko’

★★★★☆ The latest welcome addition to the Masters of Cinema’s growing Kaneto Shindô catalogue, the cult Japanese director’s 1968 film Kuroneko (Yabu no naka no kuroneko) feels like the near-perfect partner piece to his demonic earlier effort, Onibaba. Celebrating both pictures’ atmospheric, effortlessly sensual and often terrifying feudal Japan-set ghostly Continue Reading