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Air Doll (Kuki Ningyo) (2009)

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We all know the story of Pinocchio, the wooden puppet who longed to be a real boy. When he finally got his wish, things didn’t go quite to plan and at one point he burns his feet off. There’s also that whole lying/long nose thing … The gist of the story is that Pinocchio is an inanimate object that is defined by his maker until he finds the gumption to go out and define himself.

Well, flash forward to 2000 … (read more)

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Yaji and Kita: the Midnight Pilgrims (2005)

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I haven’t seen any of Kudo Kankuro’s work before, but I’m very tempted now. Yaji and Kita: the Midnight Pilgrims is one of the weirdest things I’ve seen for a long time; it sucks you in to Yaji and Kita’s world, and then systematically hits you over the head with a cinematic rubber chicken for two hours.

The plot (which comes from a classic novel, by way of a manga adaptation — it’s been filmed before as Yajikita dochu sugoroku(read more)

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