Reviews of Recent Japanese Films by Aaron Gerow

This is a collection of reviews and articles on recent Japanese films written by Aaron Gerow for The Daily Yomiuri, a national daily that is published in English by one of Japan’s largest newspapers, the Yomiuri Shimbun. They are reproduced on the Kinema Club site with the permission of The Daily Yomiuri and appear largely as they were originally published. Kinema Club would like to thank The Daily Yomiuri its cooperation. Films can be sorted by title, director, or release date by clicking on the column heading. An asterisk (*) following a title denotes particularly important works.

Titlesort ascending Japanese Title Director Release Date
[Focus] [Focus] Isaka Satoshi 10/12/1996
Wild Life* Wild Life Aoyama Shinji 04/05/1997
Tokyo yakyoku Tokyo yakyoku Ichikawa Jun 06/21/1997
Tokiwa: The Manga Apartment* Tokiwaso no seishun Ichikawa Jun 03/23/1996
To Love Aisuru Kumai Kei 10/04/1997
The Princess Mononoke* Mononoke Hime Miyazaki Hayao 07/12/1997
The Fire Within Onibi Mochizuki Rokuro 04/19/1997
The Eel Unagi Imamura Shohei 05/24/1997
Suzaku* Moe no Suzaku Kawase Naomi 11/01/1997
Summer Tale* Natsujikan no otonatachi Nakashima Tetsuya 03/15/1997
Sleeping Man* Nemuru otoko Oguri Kohei 02/03/1996
Shady Grove* Sheidi gurov Aoyama Shinji 07/03/1999
Postman Blues* Posutoman burusu Sabu 08/16/1997
Parasite Eve Parasaito Ivu Ochiai Masayuki 02/01/1997
Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro, kurenai no hana Otoko wa tsurai yo: Torajiro, kurenai no hana Yamada Yoji 12/23/1995
One More Time, One More Chance Tsuki to kyabetsu Shinohara Tetsuo 12/21/1996
Niji o tsukamu otoko Niji o tsukamu otoko Yamada Yoji 12/28/1996
Night Without Angels Tenshi ni misuterareta yoru Hiroki Ryuichi 07/10/1999
My Secret Cache* Himitsu no hanazono Yaguchi Shinobu 02/15/1997
Mobsters' Confessions* Gokudo zangeroku Mochizuki Rokuro 02/21/1998
M* M/Other Suwa Nobuhiro 10/23/1999
Labyrinth of Dreams Yume no ginga (or Yumeno ginga) Ishii Sogo 02/15/1997
Koi wa maiorita Koi wa maiorita Hasegawa Yasuo 05/17/1997
Kikujiro Kikujiro no natsu Kitano Takeshi 06/05/1999
Kids Return* Kids Return Kitano Takeshi 07/27/1996
Juvenile Jubunairu Yamazaki Taka 07/15/2000
Junk Food* Janku fudo Yamamoto Masashi 04/18/1998
Jubaku (Spellbound) Kinyu fushoku retto: Jubaku Harada Masato 09/18/1999
Jesus in Nirvana* Hyakunen no zessho Izuchi Kishu 05/16/1998
Innocent Hearts Kawaki no machi Enokido Koji 01/18/1997
Hana-Bi (Fireworks)* HANA-BI Kitano Takeshi 01/24/1998
Gemini* Soseiji Tsukamoto Shinya 09/15/1999
Gama-Getto no hana Gama-Getto no hana Osawa Yutaka 07/06/1996
Emergency Call Kinkyu yobidashi--Emajenshi koru Omori Kazuki 11/18/1995
Embalming EM/Enbamingu Aoyama Shinji 07/31/1999
East Meets West East Meets West Okamoto Kihachi 08/12/1995
Dead or Alive* Dead or Alive: Hanzaisha Miike Takashi 02/26/2000
DANGAN Runner* Dangan ranna Sabu 11/09/1996
Cure* Kyua Kurosawa Kiyoshi 12/27/1997
Chinpira/Two Punks* Chinpira Aoyama Shinji 12/21/1996
Charisma* Karisuma Kurosawa Kiyoshi 07/27/1999
Blister Burisuta Suga Taigan 07/01/2000
Black Jack Burakku Jakku Dezaki Osamu 11/30/1996
Billiken Biriken Sakamoto Junji 08/03/1996
Audition Odishon Miike Takashi 03/04/2000
Atlanta Boogie Atolanta bugi Yamamoto Masashi 11/09/1996
An Obsession Tsumetai chi Aoyama Shinji 12/20/1997
After Life* Wandafuru raifu Koreeda Hirokazu 04/17/1999
Adrenaline Drive* Adorenarin doraibu Yaguchi Shinobu 06/12/1999
A Class to Remember II Gakko II Yamada Yoji 10/19/1996
2 Duo* 2 Dyuo Suwa Nobuhiro 08/02/1997