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A Japanese film, Shoplifters (2018) is about a poor family who takes to stealing items from supermarkets, has won many accolades including Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2018. I watched at a special screening as part of the Inauguration of the 16th Chennai International Film Festival. A wonderful film it was, don’t miss it.  The family of a grandma, a young boy, a working girl and a middle-aged couple residing in a shabby house in Tokyo find it difficult to make the ends meet. Into this mix, comes a little girl who gets tortured at her own house,…

Who can forget the deadly combination of Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear meltdowns that Fukushima (Japan) went through on 11 March 2011. When I read about the incidents in Newspaper, later in IEEE Spectrum magazine a detailed coverage of engineering problems that occurred there I was shell shocked – first for the nice people of Japan, a country that I admire and love visiting; second for my own safety if a similar incident happens in India. This movie “The Seal of the Sun (2016)”  aka Taiyôu no futa screened today in Palazzo as part of Chennai International Film Festival, was all about what happened immediately after the…

Departures by Yôjirô Takita is a Japanese Movie released in 2008. The movie is an academy award winner for Best Foreign Language movie and has won 30+ other awards around the world. This is my all-time favourite film, a must watch! The movie is about a Cello player in Tokyo who is without a job after the orchestra he was playing got closed. He returns to his native town with his newlywed wife and finds himself getting a job of encoffiner (beautifying the dead before cremating or burying). He tries his best to keep it as a secret to his…

My friend shared the DVD of this movie, with two questions – are you a movie lover and do you see animated movies?. I was puzzled a little with the questions, anyways being a true Indian & someone who never turns down the opportunity to get (borrow) something free, I said “YES” and came home with two DVDs in my hand. One of them was “Grave of the Fireflies”. At that time I didn’t know the impact the movie will have on me forever. Grave of the Fireflies is a 1988 Japanese animated war film written and directed by Isao…