James Balmont


The Legend of the Sealed Book
Film & TVThe story behind this lost 1980s Chinese animation
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
Film & TVFive international films pushing animation forward in 2021
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
Music10 rejected James Bond themes by surprisingly great artists
Takashi Miike
Film & TVThe relentless cinema of Takashi Miike: 10 films to watch after First Love
Choi Min-sik, Oldboy, Park Chan-wook
Film & TVWelcome to Hallyuwood: 10 South Korean films to watch after Parasite
My Neighbor Totoro
MusicJoe Hisaishi: the genius composer who gave Studio Ghibli its sound