Shin Gojira [Shin Godzilla] (2016)

Shin Gojira
Director: Hideaki AnnoShinji Higuchi
Writer: Hideaki Anno, Sean Whitley
Cast: Hiroki HasegawaYutaka TakenouchiSatomi IshiharaRen Osugi
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 4.5.2017
[Review by cornholio.]

The coast guard inspects an abandoned yacht just outside Tokyo when they are attacked by something. Viral footage of the incident quickly makes the rounds and reaches Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Rando Yaguchi (Hiroki Hasegawa). As the cabinet tries to figure out what exactly happened and what next steps are necessary, Yaguchi puts forward the theory that it looks like an animal attack. When he is proven right – there is an massive animal wreaking havoc and that makes its way onto land, where it evolves -, Yaguchi is tasked with figuring out this creature.

Shin Godzilla brings a couple of (to me) fresh ideas to the kaiju movie genre, but it still didn’t manage to win my kaiju-averse heart over.

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Love & Peace (2015)

Love & Peace
Director: Shion Sono
Writer: Shion Sono
Cast: Hiroki Hasegawa, Kumiko Asô, Toshiyuki Nishida, Kiyohiko Shibukawa, Shôko Nakagawa
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 23.9.2015
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard.]

Ryo Suzuki (Hiroki Hasegawa) has big dreams, but no self-esteem whatsoever. He is being bullied at work and he now sees people laughing at him everywhere. This all changes when he gets a pet turtle, Pikadon, with which he is happy for a while. Until his co-workers discover the pet and ridicule Ryo so much, he flushes it down the toilet. He instantly regrets it, but the decision catapults both Ryo and Pikadon on a long journey.

Love & Peace is the perfect Christmas movie that has just enough weirdness to keep it from being sickly sweet. Oh, who am I kidding, it’s still sickly sweet and I loved it.


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