James Balmont

James Balmont

James Balmont is a freelance journalist based in London, whose work has been published by The Guardian, BBC Culture, Sight & Sound and more. He specialises in coverage of contemporary East Asian cinema, and has previously worked as a music reporter for outlets including NME and Crack Magazine.

5 underrated films from Japan's Lost Decade of Cinema

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5 underrated films from Japan's Lost Decade of Cinema

The 1980's are often overlooked when it comes to Japan's cinematic output so we've picked out 5 of the most underrated films from the era

2022-10-21 08:07:26By James Balmont

Six under-seen classics of post-war Japanese cinema

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Six under-seen classics of post-war Japanese cinema

From gripping dramas to energetic sci-fi, we pick out six underrated Japanese films that don't receive the recognition they deserve.

2022-09-23 09:34:22By James Balmont

Where Do I Start With Shaw Brothers?

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Where Do I Start With Shaw Brothers?

The famous Shaw Brothers studio released hundreds of films in over 60 years of existence - we look at the best place to begin your journey.

2022-04-11 13:50:20By James Balmont

Oldboy: how did South Korea’s biggest breakthrough become such a hit?

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Oldboy: how did South Korea’s biggest breakthrough become such a hit?

A violent tale of revenge arguably gave South Korea cinema it's biggest international breakthrough - we look into its phenomenal success.

2022-03-09 12:04:47By James Balmont

Japan's great directors and their unique visions of war

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Japan's great directors and their unique visions of war

Japan's history of war has inspired some of their finest directors to share their interpretations - we take a look at some of the most thought-provoking.

2022-02-18 16:02:25By James Balmont