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Get animated with BFI Player’s Japan 2020 Anime Collection

Note: this feature presents Japanese names in the traditional fashion of family name first, followed by given name.


One sparkling ray of light in this dismal year has been BFI Player’s Japan 2020 season. Originally intended for the big screens of BFI Southbank, everything inevitably shifted onto Player when COVID-19 struck.

Click here for our coverage of collections already available:
Kurosawa Akira Collection
Alexander Jacoby discusses the cinema of Ozu Yasujiro
The Classics Collection
The Vengeance Cinema of Kaji Meiko

Joining Japan 2020 from Friday 31st July is the Anime Collection. With five titles the collection may be small, but it’s perfectly formed for those with a craving for great animation.


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You Were Never Really Here

Director: Lynne Ramsay

Writer: Lynne Ramsay (screenplay), Jonathan Ames (novel)

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Ekaterina Samsonov, Alessandro Nivola, Alex Manette, John Doman, Judith Roberts

Cert: 15

Running time: 95mins

Year: 2017


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What’s the story: Troubled private investigator and enforcer Joe is charged with finding Nina, the daughter of a US senator trapped in an underage sex ring.

What’s the verdict: The sun must have boiled a few brains on La Croisette at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. That is the only explanation for the praise heaped on Lynne Ramsay’s achingly arthouse redressing of 80s action thrillers.

Winner of Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix, (shared) Best Screenplay for Ramsay and Palme D’Or nominated, we’re crying a case of Emperor’s New Clothes with You Were Never Real...

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Criterion Collection: Lord of the Flies (1963)

Director: Peter Brook

Writer: None credited

Cast: Jack Aubrey, Hugh Edwards, Tom Chapin, Tom Gaman

Cert: PG

Running time: 92mins

Year: 1963


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What’s the story: Young schoolboys, stranded on a tropical island after a plane crash, degenerate into warring beasts. Ralph (Aubrey) and Piggy (Edwards) attempt to maintain order. But, the other boys are more drawn to the violent choirboy Jack (Chapin).

What’s the verdict: Always depressing to declare a film about man’s innate barbarism is as relevant today as when released almost 55-years ago. But, Peter Brook’s Lord of the Flies, adapted from William Golding’s novel published almost 65-years ago, remains a cautionary fable.

The irresistible premise was borne of Golding’s musing to his wife, how would the child characters...

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The Neon Demon

The-Neon-Demon-posterDirector: Nicolas Wingding Refn

Writers: Nicolas Wingding Refn, Mary Laws, Polly Stenham

Cast: Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Bella Heathcote, Abbey Lee, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks

Cert: 18

Running time: 118mins

Year: 2016



What’s the story: Jesse (Fanning), a young small town girl hits the bright lights of LA seeking her fortune as a runway model. Supported by make-up artist Ruby (Malone), Jesse becomes the target of jealous fellow models Gigi and Sarah (Heathcote and Lee) and menaced by an intimidating motel manager (Reeves).

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What’s the verdict: Intoxicating, dazzling, erotic and mysterious. OR: head-scratching, ponderous guff. Yep, director Nicolas Winding Refn’s second film to be booed at Cannes is as marmitey as could be expected.

After skewering machismo in both the Oscar...

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DVD Review: Tale of Tales

Tale-of-Tales---DVD-coverDirector: Matteo Garrone

Writer: Edoardo Albinati, Ugo Chiti, Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso (screenplay), Giambattista Basile

Cast: Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, Bebe Cave, Shirley Henderson, Hayley Carmichael, Christian Lee, Jonah Lees, John C. Reilly

Cert: 15

Running time: 133mins

Year: 2015




What’s the story: In three neighbouring mystical kingdoms, a queen wrestles with her willful, supernaturally born son, a king’s attempt to find a suitor for his daughter goes monstrously awry and two aged sisters attract the attention of another lusty sire.

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What’s the verdict: Director Matteo Garrone is still best known internationally for his masterly gangster epic Gomorrah...

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Bowie’s Big Screen Best

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Over twenty credited movie roles on his IMdb page testify to David Bowie’s impressive body of film appearances.

Not that he was an actor of extraordinary range. Although displaying a similar to aura to Jeremy Irons, it is difficult to imagine Dead Ringers or Die Hard With A Vengeance with the superstar in those roles.

Bowie’s big screen company was more along the lines of Brad Pitt or Keanu Reeves. Actors whose performance ability is relatively narrow, but can be electrifying on the big screen when used effectively.

His first credited big screen appearance was in The Man Who Fell To Earth. Ostensibly playing an alien, the kaleidoscopic film can be read as a pretty accurate reflection of experiences the coke and excess addled Bowie was then going through.

Later roles would include Jare...

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Blu-Ray review: Wild Tales

Wild-Tales-posterDirector: Damián Szifrón

Writer: Damián Szifrón

Cast: Ricardo Darin, Erica Rivas

Cert: 15

Running time: 122mins

Year: 2014

Blu-Ray Region: B

 

The lowdown: Outrageously entertaining collection of six stories, managing to blend slapstick comedy, ultraviolence, class war, urban terrorism, and the worse wedding party in Argentinean history. Tied together with the piano wire of revenge as a central theme, this is breathlessly accomplished and, Oscar and Palme D’or nominations later, puts writer-director Damián Szifrón on the map. Pulp Fiction meets Fight Club goes some way to describing the delights in store.

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The full verdict: Portmanteau films risk outstaying their welcome long before the end credits roll...

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