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I warmly welcome anyone interested in Japanese cinema to follow Sketches of Cinema. There are quite a few web publications spreading word on the latest Japanese mainstream films. Due to personal preferences and lack of time I shall refrain from reviewing the most obvious hit movies, with a few exceptions. Sketches of Cinema is not a commercial or professional release, but simply personal channel to communicate my affection to Japanese cinema, and to spread knowledge of movies that deserve more attention.

Like making movies, reviewing them is also an art form of its own, with no written rules. I believe a good review both informs and entertains the reader. The latter refers to the writer’s personal opinion. Dry reviews with no bite or personal touch never allow one to learn about the reviewer’s personal taste. And personal taste is what movies are all about, in the end. Time is limited, and it’s better used on films you like, rather than on the ones someone else declared as good.

In line with the fore mentioned as well as my Northern European roots please be prepared for healthy dose of (self)irony and certain amount of very much intended subjectivity in the “entertainment part” of the reviews. Excessive objectivity never did any good to readers because movies are not meant to be consumed objectively but experienced personally. If I’ve done my job well enough, you’ll be able to tell whether the film looks like your cup of green tea regardless of how much I liked or disliked it.

May 25, 2011

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13 comments

  1. Really nice blog you have here. I was surprised by the variety of japanese films you’re reviewing.

    I’d like to ask you something.
    Maybe you could send me an email.

    Keep up the good work!
    cheers


  2. Hi Mikko,
    great stuff you’ve got on your blog! However, what I’m missing is an easy way to get an overview of those 140 films you wrote about. I don’t really feel like scrolling through 14 pages of search results, and I guess most of your visitors will feel the same way. I don’t know, maybe some more categories would solve the issue? Or a page with a list of those movies? Just off the top of my head 🙂


  3. Hi Mikko!

    Have you seen: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0299937/ ? One of the better japanese films I have watched. 🙂


  4. Hi Emil.

    I haven’t seen Go. I’ve only seen two films from this director. I don’t like Crying Out Love, in the Centre of the World, but Yubisaki kara sekai wo is great.


  5. Hello Mikko,

    I recently got turned on to your blog (I’m a little slow) because of the occasional hit I get on my blog, a page of madness, from your linking. Thanks! That said, I like your writing and what you’re covering. Good stuff! – Nick


  6. Thank you for the compliment, Nick. Always nice to get encouraging feedback.

    I’ve been following your blog because it’s one of the few web publications that review the interesting new Japanese films (as opposed to Gantz and Gantz Part II, haha). In my blog also I try to cover films that need and deserve more attention…


  7. Thank you! I’ve bookmarked your blog for regular reading. As for reviewing interesting new Japanese films, I try my hardest. Since I write for a (Tokyo) local publication, I sometimes – as you may notice – see some pretty crappy films. I take no pleasure in taking a film down. I much prefer to support and champion films and filmmakers I like. Given half a choice, I wouldn’t even consider reviewing a film like Ganz, but occasionally I do get an assignment that takes me to the dark side. Cheers, NV


  8. Very nice blog! Cheers!


  9. Thanks


  10. Loved your blog! I’m discovering lots of good stuff here!


  11. Thank you very much. I wish I had more time to write, though.


  12. OMG, can you please tell me where I can find all the automotive related titles on page 15 & “Season of Violence” (with sub Eng)?

    I REALLY want to check them out! I own “Detonation Violent Games” and it’s one of my favorite movies.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    Feel free to email me directly!

    THANK YOU SOOO MUCH FOR THE AWESOME BLOG
    😀


  13. OMG, can you please tell me where I can find all the automotive related titles on page 15 & “Season of Violence” (with sub Eng)?

    I REALLY want to check them out! I own “Detonation Violent Games” and it’s one of my favorite movies.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    Feel free to email me directly!

    THANK YOU SOOO MUCH FOR THE AWESOME BLOG 😀



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