平成狸合戦ぽんぽこ Heisei tanuki gassen ponpoko

Pom Poko is a 1994 Japanese animated comedy-drama fantasy film directed by Isao Takahata, produced by Studio Ghibli and distributed by Toho. The phrase “Pom Poko” in the title refers to the sound of tanuki (Japanese raccoon dogs, Nyctereutes procyonoides viverrinus) drumming their own bellies as a form of Tanuki-bayashi. Specifically, the phrase started as a…

そして父になる Soshite chichi ni naru

Like Father, like Son (そして父になる Soshite Chichi ni Naru) is a 2013 Japanese drama film directed by Hirokazu Koreeda. Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman who is focused so much on work that he neglects his wife, Midori, and son, Keita. Upon his return home one day, Midori tells him that the hospital where Keita was…

奇跡 Kiseki

I Wish  is a 2011 Japanese film written and directed by Hirokazu Koreeda.This film stars real-life brothers Koki Maeda and Oshiro Maeda, along with veteran actress Kirin Kiki and actor Joe Odagiri. I Wish tells the story of two young brothers who live separated in different cities – one with their father, one with their…

時をかける少女 Toki o kakeru shôjo

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Toki wo Kakeru Shōjo ( literally “Time-Soaring Girl”)) is a science fiction novel by Yasutaka Tsutsui. It tells the story of a high-school girl who accidentally acquires the ability to time travel.  The title is also that of a song, written by Yumi Matsutōya to be performed by Tomoyo Harada…

言の葉の庭 Kotonoha no niwa

The Garden of Words- Kotonoha no Niwa) is a 2013 Japanese anime drama film written, directed and edited by Makoto Shinkai, animated by CoMix Wave Films and distributed by Toho. It stars Miyu Irino and Kana Hanazawa, and featured music by Daisuke Kashiwa instead of Tenmon, who had composed the music for many of Shinkai’s previous…

となりのトトロ Tonari no Totoro

Another masterpiece by my favourite Hayao Miyazaki and the studio Ghibli. Imagination, fantasy, Spirits..how two girls cope with sickness and loss in their own magical way. Highly recommended ! My Neighbor Totoro is a 1988 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film – which stars the voice…

Ima, ai ni yukimasu – Be with you

A sensitive beautiful love story…who wouldn’t love to have another rainy season with his/her loved one that has passed away…Japanese cinematography never stops to surprise me with its sensitivity, compassionate tales with values, human qualities and truths..smiles and tears..touched I feel… One more movie to watch and love! Story : Mio’s death leaves husband Takumi…

Ramen girl

Ramen is one of my MOST FAVORITE soups ever!This is a movie about an American woman who learns to cook ramen from a master who makes her life difficult. It is an enjoyable movie but most of all describes a lot about RAMEN! There are no subs but I am sure you can find them…

百日紅 Sarusuberi -Miss Hokusai

The life and works of Japanese artist and ukiyo-e painter Katsushika Hokusai, as seen from the eyes of his daughter, Katsushika O-Ei. As all of Edo flocks to see the work of the revered painter Hokusai, his daughter O-Ei toils diligently inside his studio. Her masterful portraits, dragons and erotic sketches- sold under the name…

An – Sweet Bean

Another brilliant, sensitive, sweet, tasty and tender movie by Naomi Kawase! Story: The film centres around Sentaro, a middle-aged man who runs a small dorayaki shop frequented by locals and secondary-school pupils. When he puts up a notice saying that he is looking for a co-worker he is approached by Tokue, a lady in her…

Nobody knows

Another amazing Japanese movie! According to the director Hirokazu Koreeda, though Nobody Knows was inspired by the true story of the Sugamo child abandonment case, it is not a factual recounting, and only the settings and the ending of the story are based on the true story. Story: In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira…

Umimachi diary,Our little sister

Three sisters Sachi, Yoshino and Chika live together in a large house in the city of Kamakura. When their father absent from the family home for the last 15 years dies, they travel to the countryside for his funeral and meet their shy teenage half-sister. Bonding quickly with the orphaned Suzu, they invite her to…