Patryk Czekaj
Contributing Writer; Warsaw, Poland

Twitter: @PatrykCzekaj

BARAIRO NO BUKO Trailer: Comedy Specialist Fukuda Yuichi Is Back With More Laughter And Hijinks!

Here's a really good reason to get excited! It seems that Fukuda Yuichi, creator of such ridiculously entertaining action comedies as Kids Police and Hentai Kamen, has not one but two pictures set for 2014 release. Less than two months... More »
  

KUJIRA NO ITA NATSU: Watch First Trailer For Yoshida Yasuhiro's Coming Of Age Dramedy

Set in an unnamed Japanese seaside village, Kujira no Ita Natsu (literally Summer of the Whales, although the official English title is still not known) is a coming of age dramedy that centers on Chuuya (Nomura Shuhei), a small-town boy... More »
  

Explore Japan's Snowy Countryside In The First Trailer For HARU WO SEOTTE

Legendary cinematographer Kimura Daisaku's second directorial venture will takes us to Tateyama Mountain Range, the heart of Japan's snow country. Given his fondness for such locations, we might expect a lot of beautiful and unforgettable views in a sentimental and... More »
  

First JU-ON: BEGINNING OF THE END Poster Arrives, Compare It With Its Predecessors

It seems that things are moving pretty fast for Ju-on: Beginning of the End. Not two weeks have passed since the picture began filming and already a fresh new poster can be found on various Japanese outlets around the web. With... More »
  

Check Out The NSFW Trailer For RECENTLY, MY SISTER IS UNUSUAL

Among the hardworking and constantly stressed Japanese citizens, one of the quickest and arguably most satisfying ways of escaping reality is indulging in manga. Within this billion dollar industry there's an unimaginable amount of genres - one more original than... More »
  

Review: STONES FOR THE RAMPART Is A Serviceable Ode To Young War Heroes

There are two conflicting perspectives on how to approach Robert Glinski's Stones for the Rampart (Kamienie na szaniec). The first, and the more advisable one, makes the viewing experience increasingly pleasurable. It's based on an assumption that the forenamed film... More »
  

Trailer: Highly Anticipated Polish Blockbuster WARSAW 44

Warsaw Uprising was one of the most crucial World War II operations by the Polish resistance Home Army. It was a desperate attempt at liberating Warsaw from the Nazi occupation, and one that was doomed from the start. Though after... More »
  

OH! FATHER Trailer: One Boy And His Four Fathers Try To Solve A Mystery

Take a look at the synopsis or watch the trailer and you will immediately realize that Oh! Father is certainly not your typical comedy. But which Japanese comedy really is these days?Set in modern day Tokyo, Fujii Michihito's sophomore feature... More »
  

First Teaser Trailer For LITTLE FOREST Starring Hashimoto Ai

With films like Another or The Kirishima Thing Hashimoto Ai proved that she's one of the most promising Japanese actresses of the young generation. Since her big screen debut in Confessions in 2010 she's been delivering high quality performances, yet... More »
  

Review: Emotional Drama LOVING Searches For Truth About The Mechanics Of Love

In an impassioned and perceptive manner, Loving (Milosc) breaks down the essence of a marriage on the verge of collapse. The sharply-written script goes beyond the surface in order to expose all the ingredients crucial for the formation and further development of... More »
  

Ochiai Masayuki To Direct New JU-ON Movie

It was announced last Wednesday during a press conference at Tokyo's Akagi Shrine that Ochiai Masayuki (Infection, Hypnosis, horrible 2008 remake of Shutter) will be responsible for scripting and directing the next installment in the Ju-on (The Grudge) horror franchise. Japanese... More »
  

Review: AMBASSADA Has An Extremely Poor Sense Of Humor

Apparently, after all those magnificent years of creating hilarious, crowd-pleasing comedies Juliusz Machulski (Vabank, Sexmission, Kiler) has finally lost his comedic touch. His oeuvre is like an almost never-ending bag of laugh-inducing creations and a source of great joy, mostly... More »
  

Trailer: Polish Psychological Thriller THE WORD

How far would you go to make up for mistakes that ruined your relationship? Through mixing elements of coming-of-age drama and psychological thriller, Anna Kazejak (Flying Pigs) delves into painful and difficult issues of young love, infidelity, and emotional manipulation. Three... More »
  

Trailer: Feel The Wrath Of Nakata Hideo's MONSTERZ

Remarkably intense and perfectly intriguing, this might be one of the best trailers I've seen in quite a while. Nakata Hideo's Monsterz looks like a bloody good time, and for all the right reasons. The indisputable Master of J-horror is definitely... More »
  

Review: TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT Boldly Exposes The Dark Side Of Police Work

Though still on the verge of being Poland's new voice of morality, Wojciech Smarzowski (The Wedding, The Dark House) has undoubtedly found a very convincing way of exposing the country's greatest and most frustrating absurdities. Never far from controversy, Smarzowski's unflinching... More »
  

Watch The First Trailer For Quirky Japanese Dramedy DOG'S WAY

Another one for the "only in Japan" file! Definitely bizarre in its own fascinating way, Dog's Way (Inu Michi) tells the story of a relationship between a man (Masayuki Yano) and a woman (Nagayama Yurie) who voluntarily becomes his dog. Manda Kunitoshi, the... More »
  

Trailer: NEKO NI MIKAN, A Kore-eda-esque Family Drama

From Toda Akihiro (Hana no Fukuru) comes a family drama that seems very much influenced by Kore-eda Hirokazu's brilliant body of work. Neko ni Mikan (literally Tangerines on Cat, although the English title is still not known) tells the story of a... More »
  

Check Out The Trailer For Festival Favorite HAN GONG-JU

Since its premiere at Busan International Film Festival last year, Han Gong-ju has been attracting a lot of critical attention. It's been awarded with many prizes both in its native South Korea (Busan) and abroad (Marrakech, Rotterdam). After an enormously successful... More »
  

Watch The Trailer For Polish Football Documentary MUNDIAL. THE HIGHEST STAKES

Football has always been the most popular sport in Poland and for many years served as a perfect escape from the troubles of everyday life. Though the national team isn't as strong as it once was, many people still value... More »
  

Review: JACK STRONG, A Full-Bodied And Suspenseful Spy Thriller

From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.- Winston Churchill  Wladyslaw Pasikowski's Jack Strong tells the gripping true story of colonel Ryszard Kuklinski (Marcin Dorocinski), one of the most controversial figures... More »
  
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