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by InRO Staff Feature Articles Film Year in Review

Top Films of 2019 (So Far)

July 1, 2019

We’ve decided to do something a little different this year for our 2019 (so far) lists; instead of a formal poll, were using this as an occasion to plug some of the most positive stuff that we’ve written this year, with just a few fresh write-ups on films we either missed covering or haven’t gotten to yet. (Look for our full roundup of June arthouse releases in next week’s Before We Vanish!) First up is our films list, ordered below…

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Hanagatami | Nobuhiko Obayashi

“Seen through the wrong end of a telescope, an ordinary scene becomes an ancient story. No, it’s not nostalgia! It’s heartache for all that’s lost.” This quote from Kazuo Dan’s 1937 novel Hanagatami, a coming-of-age story set in a coastal village during Japan’s pre-WWII invasions…

January 24, 2019
by InRO Staff Festival Coverage Film

Japan Cuts 2018

Japan Cuts—the largest program of new Japanese films in North America—just wrapped its 12th annual edition earlier this week. Our one and only dispatch from the fest this year includes a passion project from octogenarian auteur Nobuhiko Obayashi (Hanagatami), a new work from iconoclastic anime director Masaaki Yuasa (The…

August 3, 2018
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