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A Silent Voice

Director: Naoko Yamada

Writer: Reiko Yoshida (screenplay), Yoshitoki Oima (manga)

Cast: Mayu Matsuoka, Saori Hayami

Cert: 12

Running time: 129mins

Year: 2016 



What’s the story: Deaf schoolgirl Shōko moves to a new elementary school, but the bullying she receives, particularly from class delinquent Shōya, causes her to transfer. Years later in high school, Shōya vows to make amends with Shōko.

What’s the verdict: A smash hit in Japan, A Silent Voice may have a harder time winning over us cynical Brits. But stick with it and you’ll be charmed long before the luxurious 129-minute running time has elapsed.

For those who balk at excessive displays of sentiment, the opening twenty minutes will be toughest to traverse...

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Tokyo Tribe

Tokyo Tribe - posterDirector: Sion Sono

Writer: Sion Sono (script) Santa Inoue (manga)

Cast: Young Dais, Ryouhei Suzuki, Nana Seino, Shota Sometani, Riki Takeuchi

Cert: 18

Running time: 117mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: Ichi the Killer with a transfusion of West Side Story is one way to describe Tokyo Tribe. The most dazzling teen movie since Scott Pilgrim is another. The latest film from Japanese provocateur Sion Sono is cinematic MDMA. The plot: rival gang war, organised crime and sentimental bromance is standard stuff. The rush comes in the telling, a narcotic blast of hip-hopera, kung-fu, nudie exploitation, yakuza silliness and bizarro horror. Addiction is mandatory.

Tokyo Tribe - Sion Sono, Young Dais, Nana SeinoTokyo Tribe - Mera, Ryohei Suzuki, Young Dais

The full verdict: Tokyo Tribe will split audiences in much the same way various gang members are bisected by the myriad katana samurai s...

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All Cheerleaders Die

All Cheerleaders Die - Caitlin Stasey, Lucky McKee, Chris SiverstonDirector: Lucky McKee, Chris Siverston

Writer: Lucky McKee, Chris Siverston

Cast: Caitlin Stasey, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Brooke Butler, Tom Williamson

Cert: 18 (TBC)

Running time: 89mins

Year: 2013

 

The lowdown: Lucky McKee and Chris Siverston dust off their 2001 short and give it a feature length, mid-budget makeover. Peer pressure, high school sex wars and witchcraft are the ingredients in this spicy brew as a gang of cheerleaders go from pretty vacant to pretty dead. And seriously angry. Sharp, inventive and with an edge familiar to fans of the directors previous movies, these are the most winning cheerleaders since Buffy hung up her uniform.

All Cheerleaders Die - Caitlin Stasey, Brooke Butler, partyAll Cheerleaders Die - Caitlin Stasey, Brooke Butler

The full verdict: Typically the annoying ditz whose death receives the biggest laugh in standard slasher fare, cheerleaders move centre stage in...

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Divergent

Divergent - quad poster, Shailene Woodley, Theo JamesDirector: Neil Burger

Writers: Evan Daugherty, Vanessa Taylor

Cast: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Ashley Judd, Tony Goldwyn, Jai Courtney, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ben Lloyd-Hughes

Cert: 12

Running time: 139mins

Year: 2014

The lowdown: For those in need of a Hunger Games style hit; this adaptation of Veronica Roth’s bestseller will hit the sweet spot. In a post-apocalyptic war Chicago, people are divided into five rigid ‘factions’, based on their personalities. Anyone who doesn’t fit into a faction – like Beatrice “Tris” Prior (Shailene Woodley) – is classed as ‘divergent’ and thus a potential danger to the state. While attempting to hide her true nature, Tris exposes the sinister side of her seemingly perfect society...

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