James Balmont

Writer

Return-of-the-Witch
Film & TV5 forgotten horror sequels that deserve re-evaluation
A Confucian Confusion, 1996 (Film Still)
Film & TV9 must-see films from London East Asia Film Festival 2022
Girl Of Time
Film & TVThe mind-bending world of Japanese time travel films
The Legend of the Sealed Book
Film & TVThe story behind this lost 1980s Chinese animation
Memories
Film & TVFive classic anime films you probably haven’t seen
Funky Forest (2011)
Film & TVTwo of Japan’s weirdest comedies have arrived in the UK
Helter Skelter (2012)
Film & TVSix women filmmakers from the Far East that you need to know
Lost Highway
Film & TVLost Highway at 25: the best musical moments from David Lynch’s horror
Crazy Thunder Road by Sogo Ishii5
Film & TVHow Sogo Ishii became the godfather of Japanese cyberpunk cinema
Hiruko the Goblin – Shinya Tsukamoto
Film & TVCyberpunk icon Shinya Tsukamoto on his black sheep horror Hiruko the Goblin
The Happiness of the Katakuris (Takashi Miike, 2001)
Film & TVSex, zombies, and guitars: why Japan is king at making mad music films
A Tale of Two Sisters
Film & TVA Tale of Two Sisters: South Korea’s touchstone psychological horror film
Jeon Do-yeon, Beasts Clawing at Straws
Film & TVBeasts Clawing at Straws: the wild Korean thriller for fans of Parasite
Tezuka’s Barbara
Film & TVTezuka’s Barbara: the ‘un-filmable’ erotic fantasy from Japan’s Walt Disney
Over The Edge 3
Film & TVOver The Edge: exploring the Gen X touchstone and Kurt Cobain’s fave film
Wong kar-wai, In The Mood For Love 1
Film & TVIn The Mood For Love remains a spellbinding introduction to Wong Kar-wai
Johnny Mnemonic1
Film & TVThe 90s Keanu Reeves cyberpunk film connecting Blade Runner to The Matrix
One Cut of the Dead, Shin’ichirô Ueda (2017)
Film & TVHow films about filmmaking are revolutionising Japanese cinema
AWAY, GINTS ZILBALODIS
Film & TVFive international films pushing animation forward in 2021
THE ADVENTURES OF IRON PUSSY (2003)
Film & TVMeet the ‘David Lynch of Thailand’ and his queer, surrealist cinema
Battle Royale, Kinji Fukasaku
Film & TVHow Japan’s 90s teen delinquency crisis inspired a wave of killer movies
Electric Dragon 80.000 V, Sogo Ishii
Film & TVA guide to Japanese cyberpunk cinema with three of its visionary directors
Songs for Drella album cover
MusicRevisiting the Velvet Underground reunion album written for Andy Warhol
Radiohead
Music10 rejected James Bond themes by surprisingly great artists