Movie Review, Shunji Iwai

Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? (1993) by Shunji Iwai

Original Name: Uchiage hanabi, shita kara miru ka? Yoko kara miru ka?

Director:  Shunji Iwai

Runtime: 49 minutes

Language: Japanese

IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0217862/


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2018 Spring Anime, Weekly Anime Summary

Weekly Anime Summary – Summer 2018 Week 11

Ho boy, blink an eye and we already one week away from saying goodbye to these shows. For now, while people have every right reasons to regard this Summer season as lackluster, I’m thinking of 3 shows that can earn its place to my top 10 of the year. Well, we still one season away from the year so nothing set in stone yet, but by quick look to the next season, it seems to rely a bit too much on original shows, which can go either way. This week is a week where the shows reach conclusion arc, so we can finally see if all the building-up paid off in the end. Sirius the Jeager is still unavailable at this writing. Anyway, read on to see my thoughts on the anime this week.

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2017 Women's Cinema Festival, Women's Cinema

2017 Women’s Cinema Festival – Day 14: [closing film] Jasper Jones & Awards Winners

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Now we reached the last day of the Festival, Day 14. I’ve written everything I wanna say about this festival down below so just scroll down and read it. One last thing though, so what’s next after this? I have something in mind already so I’ll announce new project(s) tomorrow (the likeliness). Enjoy this last piece of the 2017 Women’s Cinema Festival. If you want a more comprehensive view (which I list all the movies from the selection), click on the Awards Winner post down below. Enjoy the piece

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2017 Women's Cinema Festival, Site Updates, Women's Cinema

2017 Women’s Cinema Winners

At long last (after exactly 4 months), this 2017 Women’s Cinema Festival has come to its end. In the process, 28 films had been reviewed – 20 in the Main Competition, 8 films Out of Competition. Overall, it was an enjoyable ride. While many films I intended to check out (see day 13 for more details) aren’t available online, the selection has no real bomb except for Ava (which I can still argue it’s worth the watch). Let’s go through them once again before we get to the awards announcement.

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2017 Women's Cinema Festival, Women's Cinema

2017 Women’s Cinema Festival – Day 13: (sidebar section) Tower. A Bright Day & Revenge & Ava

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Something must be said about this sidebar selection: I dedicate this section for lesser-known movies that deserved more attention. Well, “deserve” is a big word, and I’m kinda using it in a broad term here. It’s a sad truth that many of these titles can only make small waves in some festival before releasing quietly in DVD-market, if not at all. With this 2017, I focus on debut features. Three films are first-time work from that written and directed by these female filmmakers. One sets in Poland, one in America and the other in France. Ideally, I would’ve loved to review those following titles, but either they aren’t available anywhere online, or I couldn’t find a suitable subtitle for it (hence I picked Ava as my sixth option). In any case, once they’re available online, I’m gonna review them as well:

  • Village Rockstars (India) by Rima Das, an Assamese language indie film that unexpectedly won the top prize at India National Film Awards, about a young village girl in northeast India wants to start her own rock band.
  • Microhabitat (Korea) by Jeon Go-woon, a debut film about a thirty something year old woman who is willing to give up her basic necessities of life in order to protect what she treasures the most: cigarettes, whiskey and her boyfriend
  • Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (Indonesia) by Mouly Surya, which is described as a “Satay Western”, combining aspects of the feminist Western genre with an Indonesian setting. Regretfully I couldn’t find an English subtitle for it.
  • Ava (Iran) by Sadaf Foroughi (Iran/ Canada), not to be confused with Ava the French film below, about the life of a high school girl in Iran becomes more complicated after her mother catches her in an act of rebellion.
  • What Will People Say (Norway/ Pakistan) by Iram Hag, about a Pakistani Norwegian teenager is kidnapped and taken to Pakistan where she has never been and must learn to adapt to her parent’s culture.

As it stands, I’m pleased to welcome the three films in the Sidebar section at Day 13, Tower. A Bright Day (Poland), Revenge (France, USA) and Ava (France). Enjoy!

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