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Suffering of Ninko: Clash of Restraint and Libido

Norihiro Niwatsukino’s bold attempt Suffering of Ninko looks into the inner self of a Buddhist Monk Ninko. This partially crowd-funded debut announces arrival of a talented filmmaker whose film did create interest among the critics wherever it was screened including the Busan International Film Festival. A Silhouette review by noted film critic and jury at several international film festivals – Manoj Barpujari.

Dunkirk poster (Pic: IMPawards
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Dunkirk: Reading Nolan’s War Odyssey
The dreadful story of the betrayal at Dunkirk is told from three perspectives: beginning with land, moving to the sea and then to the air, the latter two been acted out almost...
Suffering of Ninko: Clash of Restraint and Libido
Suffering of Ninko: Clash of Restraint and Libido
Norihiro Niwatsukino’s bold attempt Suffering of Ninko looks into the inner self of a Buddhist Monk Ninko. This partially crowd-funded debut announces arrival of...
The poster of Spotlight
Spotlight – A Great Film
Spotlight just won the Academy Award for Best Picture in February 2016. It not only beat out Alejandro Iñárritu's revenge period film, The Revenant, but...
Once upon a Time in Anatolia poster
In Argument with Beauty – Once upon a Time in Anatolia
Nuri Bilge Ceylan is an eminent film director of International cinema. His camera is eloquent, capturing the terrains of Turkey as if in a sweep of the majestic brush of a...
Poster of Messages in the Mist
Messages in The Mist
Frank Darabont’s 2007 film The Mist is a horror film based on Stephen King’s novella with the same name. The film still haunts in its depiction of the monster that lies...
Miss Froy, an English spy posing as a governess
Alfred Hitchcock and The Lady Vanishes
In 1937, with The Lady Vanishes, Alfred Hitchcock ended his British period to move over to Hollywood. A mixture of genres this film holds the same verve of the films...
Mrs Paradine and Tony - the man 'blinded' by the gorgeous woman
Love as Obsession: Reading Alfred Hitchcock’s The Paradine Case
The Paradine Case is one of the least discussed films of Alfred Hitchcock. Yet it makes a very interesting viewing due to the characters’ obsession with love.
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The Exterminating Angel – A Surrealist Treat
The Exterminating Angel is a surrealist classic that contains a lot of signature elements that have come to be associated with Bunuel’s films, like the criticism of the...
(L-R) Keira Knightley, Matthew Beard, Matthew Goode, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Allen Leech star in The Imitation Game. (Pic courtesy: Internet)
‘Because God Didn’t Win the War’ – The Imitation Game Review
The film brought its fictional tension in the form of Turing’s alleged espionage links – which helped to intensify the drama and probably to bring him out as a man of...
Angelica smiles at Issac through the camera lens
The Strange Case of Angelica – Oliveira and His Saudade
Manoel de Oliveira's The Strange Case of Angelica, directed at the age of 102, overwhelmed me. The subject and the poetic treatment of this surrealist film contribute to make...
The Seventh Seal (The Criterion Collection) (1957)
Ingmar Bergman – The Seventh Seal
This is what is most fascinating about the creation of ‘The Seventh Seal’ - it is an off-spring of a misty, ambiguous mind and of tormenting times.
The Invisible ‘B’ in LGBT Discourse: A Reading of Brick Pollitt in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
The Invisible ‘B’ in LGBT Discourse: A Reading of Brick Pollitt in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
While in terms of narrative form and structure, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is cast in the mould of a classic Hollywood film, it has important points of departure, particularly...
Animal Farm (2004)
Voice Cast: Gordon Heath, Maurice Denham Directed by: John Halas (Director), Joy Batchelor
Animal Farm 1954 – An Allegorical Satire on Stalinism
Based on George Orwell’s masterpiece in literature, Animal Farm, 1954, excels in the portrayal of his satire on Joseph Stalin’s rule in USSR.
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Obscure Surrealist Classic – Un Soir Un Train
The subtlety of the narration, the use of multi-layered metaphors and beautiful intertwining of dreams and reality add to the ambiguity in Un Soir Un Train.
Mansfield Park (1999) 
Cast: Frances O'Connor, Jonny Lee Miller, 
Director: Patricia Rozema
Austen vs. Rozema: Slavery In Mansfield Park 1999
Unlike the novel, slavery is a dominating presence in the film Mansfield Park (1999), a presence that resonates throughout the text.
The Virgin Spring (1960)
Cast: Max von Sydow, Birgitta Valberg
Director: Ingmar Bergman
Absurdist Themes In The Virgin Spring
The theme of Ingmar Bergman's The Virgin Spring can be best recognized as an allusion to the philosophy of the Absurd.
In an understanding of female voice in a capitalistic society
Framing Cleo In Paris
Cleo is not an outsider but recognized as an essential part of the city.
Visions Broadened in Cranford and Return to Cranford
Visions Broadened in Cranford and Return to Cranford
The BBC television drama, Cranford and its sequel, Return to Cranford broaden our visions about the place of men and women as distinctive entities in the world.
Chunhyang: An Artistic Splendor
Chunhyang: An Artistic Splendor
Chunhyang (2000) is a pre-modern folk tale in a post-modern structure that comes as a surprise to contemporary audiences.
Jamal Lacks it: Game Show Politics and Rise of Individual in Slumdog Millionaire
Jamal Lacks it: Game Show Politics and Rise of Individual in Slumdog Millionaire
Slumdog Millionaire as a film not only centers on the sets of a game show, but totally follows the ideology of it.
Taking Over: Notes on the Host
Taking Over: Notes on the Host
In a just world, The Host would have been every bit the box-office event that Crouching Tiger was – and would instantly be perceived, at large, as vastly superior to the...
A Tribute to Austen-Simon Langton’s Pride and Prejudice
A Tribute to Austen-Simon Langton’s Pride and Prejudice
Langton’s Pride and Prejudice like Austen in her novel, depicts irony with ‘unmistakable strains of cynicism, laughing at human nature without any real hope of changing...
Three Times: Temporal Poetics of Hou Hsiao-hsien
Three Times: Temporal Poetics of Hou Hsiao-hsien
Film critics often divide Hou’s oeuvre into three phases that are characterized by different approaches to filmmaking.
The Story of a Tykwer
The Story of a Tykwer
This essay is only an attempt to look at Tykwer through the miniature lens of Perfume, interrupted by some thoughts on his co-ordinates as a director, relative to contemporary...
The Medium as the Message: Cinematic Intertextuality in Im Kwon-Taek’s The General’s Son
The Medium as the Message: Cinematic Intertextuality in Im Kwon-Taek’s The General’s Son
Korean gangster films of this period, however, often interweave within the narratives and their modes of representation, commentaries on the relations between the two.
Matrix of Claustrophobia: Raise the Red Lantern
Matrix of Claustrophobia: Raise the Red Lantern
Raise the Red lantern film remains rooted in the everyday of a traditional family, and yet hints at state atrocities committed at Tiananmen Square.
Abderrahmane Sissako’s La Vie Sur Terra (Life is on Earth): Prompting Us to Re-think “Displacement”
Abderrahmane Sissako’s La Vie Sur Terra (Life is on Earth): Prompting Us to Re-think “Displacement”
Trained as a filmmaker at University of Moscow, Sissako, so far has made three feature films—Heremakhonon (Waiting for Happiness), La Vie Sur Terra (Life on Earth) and...
A Case-Study of Vertigo - Hitchcock & Mental-Image
A Case-Study of Vertigo – Hitchcock & Mental-Image
For quite a long time now, cinema critics have been paying homage to him in different ways; here, in this essay, we will try to identify the ‘architecture’, the ‘technology’...
Of Memories and Justice Down the Blind Shaft: Reviewing Blind Shaft
Of Memories and Justice Down the Blind Shaft: Reviewing Blind Shaft
Blind Shaft the name itself would seem to suggest not only the dark cold mine shaft cut off from the rest of the world but also a place so dark and isolated that it is beyond...
V for Vendetta: Representations of revolution in popular culture
V for Vendetta: Representations of revolution in popular culture
When V exploded into the giant screen from pages of a comic book, media and public greeted it with very contradictory but equally impassioned emotions.
Influence of Film Noir on Carol Reed’s The Third Man and the Emergence of a More Concerted International-oriented British Cinema in the Late 1940s
Influence of Film Noir on Carol Reed’s The Third Man and the Emergence of a More Concerted International-oriented British Cinema in the Late 1940s
Film Noir is primarily used to describe a particular cinematic style associated with Hollywood crime dramas (between the 1940s and late 1950s) which find their roots in German...
Reading Displacement in Cathy Come Home
Reading Displacement in Cathy Come Home
The people like Cathy and Reg from Cathy Come Home, or the jobless protagonists like Yosser from Blackstuff are all casualties of the Welfare state.

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