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Our Little Sister

Our Little Sister
Directed by: Hirokazu Kore-eda
Released on: July 8th, 2016
Grade: 2 out of 5 meatballs
Reviewed by: John Esther

Another saccharine story by Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda (After Life; Like Father, Like Son), Our Little Sister may be meticulously shot, offer competent and attractive actors — the likes of which we rarely see in American cinema — and told in Japanese with English subtitles, but it as emotionally superficial as a Hollywood movie by the likes of Nancy Myers or Cameron Crowe (except Kore-eda uses Asian actors when the story calls for it).

Based on the best selling manga novel by Yoshida Akimi, Umimachi Diary, Out Little Sister starts off obvious enough and then proceeds down its predictable path before its long overdue and comforting conclusion.

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Directed by: Hitoshi Matsumoto
Released on: Sundance Film Festival 2014 | Forthcoming U.S. release from Drafthouse Films 
Grade: 3 out of 5 meatballs
Reviewed by: John Esther 

Once upon a time, a mild-mannered man named Takafumi (Nao Omori) needed some sexual excitement in his life. His wife was in a coma, so sexual relations in the biblical sense may not have been the most decent thing for him to do.

Thinking, or feeling, he should just have his sexual needs fulfilled by sadistic, random encounters instead, Takafumi enters into a year long contract where dominatrices will appear unexpectedly to humiliate and hurt him until his head comic(book)ally swells — thus indicating sexual gratification. (It would have been funnier, more subversive and more apropos with the film's conceits if the filmmakers had done that with Takafumi's crotch area instead.)

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