James Hadfield

James Hadfield
James Hadfield's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Japan Times
Publications: Japan Times

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
2/5 No Score Yet Love and Murder of Sheep and Wolf (2019) Some occasional ironic touches aren't enough to excuse the staleness of the cliches. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2019
2.5/5 51% Earthquake Bird (2019) There's a choppiness and impatience to the storytelling, with crucial scenes getting dispatched in a cursory fashion. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet i: Documentary of the Journalist (2019) A timely, bracing snapshot of the sorry state of news media in Japan today. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet One Night (Hitoyo) (2019) For all the storminess of its narrative, "One Night" is at its most engaging when it lets in a little light. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Family of Strangers (2019) Family of Strangers is at its strongest when it aims for naturalism, watching the protagonists' relationships develop against the backdrop of the hospital's daily routines. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 30, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet No Smoking (2019) The impact of the performances is dulled by static camerawork and a drab, washed-out palette. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet Special Actors (2019) An amiable but rather flaccid caper comedy. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2019
3/5 100% The Forest of Love (2019) Hinges around an extremely ripe performance by Kippei Shiina as Joe Murata. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 4, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet Ninkyo Gakuen (2019) The action is perfunctory, and the film is just a little too eager to descend into sentimentality. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 25, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet They Say Nothing Stays the Same (Aru sendo no hanashi) (2019) Joe Odagiri has made a handsome directorial debut. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 11, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Kakou No Futari (2019) Emoto and Takiuchi have a convincing chemistry as two people totally at ease with each others' bodies, even if they're better at conveying intimacy than uncontrollable lust. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
1.5/5 No Score Yet Cherry Blossoms and Demons (Kirschblüten & Dämonen) (2019) Director [Doris] Dorrie's muddle of spirituality, Freudian psychology, politics and family history occasionally recalls the work of Alejandro Jodorowsky, but she's never able to sustain the spell for long. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
3/5 100% Weathering with You (2020) Weathering With You doubles down on a lot of what made its predecessor such a hit with audiences. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Under Your Bed (2019) I wasn't entirely convinced by the film's resolution... Still, it's compulsive viewing. Like its voyeur protagonist, Under Your Bed won't let you look away. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet Strawberry Song (Ichigo No Uta) (2019) The film hits some poignant notes along the way, but if Strawberry Song was a band, I'd suggest it find a different singer. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet The Journalist (2019) That a film like this even exists is heartening, even if the end product is far from perfect. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
4/5 86% We Are Little Zombies (2019) It's a bravura finish to an extremely accomplished debut. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Farewell Song (Sayonara kuchibiru) (2019) For once, I'm cautiously hopeful for a sequel. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Cheer Boys (2019) Although the Breakers have a few ups and downs on the way to their eventual triumph, the arc of the film's sporting drama is surprisingly shallow. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet What Is Love? (2018) It's an honest depiction of the vague boundaries of 20-something romance, and takes the time to show its unequal relationships from both sides. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet A Gambler's Odyssey 2020 (2019) Although it has some mild digs at the Japanese establishment, there's little in "A Gambler's Odyssey 2020" that seems likely to keep politicians awake at night. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Siblings of the Cape (2018) "Siblings of the Cape" will undoubtedly be too much for some, but it's a credit to a movie with such unpalatable subject matter that it manages to discomfit without triggering your gag reflex. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Another World (2018) "Another World" takes its title from a book by war photographer Kiyoshi Koishi, but it's echoed by Koh's assertion that the lives of people in this small-town community are no less significant than what's happening in the wider world. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 20, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet The Nikaidos' Fall (2019) While there are few surprises during the film's journey toward its glum conclusion, it's an attractive trip all the same. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet His Lost Name (2019) It's just a shame that Hirose's tale of mutually assured deception never seems to get out of second gear. A story this juicy shouldn't leave you feeling only half full. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
3.5/4 No Score Yet A Crimson Star (Makkana hoshi) (2018) Though it was clearly made on a limited budget, "A Crimson Star" makes good use of its picturesque locations, depicted in luridly over-saturated colors, while its nighttime scenes employ darkness in a way that feels deliberate rather than lazy lighting. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 18, 2018
2/5 37% Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018) The wands and wizards are still there, but the magic is gone. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 21, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Gun (Ju) (2018) Toru treats the idea of wrongdoing as an intellectual exercise, without fully appreciating the weight of what he's planning to do. As his grip on reality loosens, the film slips fluidly between fantasy and reality. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet It's Boring Here, Pick Me Up (Koko wa taikutsu mukae ni kite) (2018) Some viewers may wonder if the oblique storytelling really adds to much in the end. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet The Chaplain (2017) While cinematographer Tatsuya Yamada endeavors to keep things interesting, there's no getting past the austerity of the setting, but this becomes a source of the film's power. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Café Funiculi Funicula (2018) While there are a few moments that resonate, this is a weak brew, culminating in a finish of pure treacle. Cry? I nearly gagged. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Come On Irene (2018) If there's a lesson to be gleaned from "Come On Irene," it's that immigrants are the least of Japan's problems. It's the locals we should be worried about. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
No Score Yet And Your Bird Can Sing (2018) Aside from some clunky voiceovers bookending the film, his script never really brings the main characters into focus, leaving viewers to deduce what's going on between them. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
4.5/5 No Score Yet Shino Cannot Say Her Own Name (2018) As it builds towards a climax that's both histrionic and entirely earned, Shino Can't Say Her Name starts to feel like an apt metaphor for every teen who has struggled to find their own voice. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Punk Samurai Slash Down (Panku-zamurai, kirarete sôrô) (2018) Even in its most assured moments, including a couple of fight sequences reminiscent of wuxia martial-arts flicks, Punk Samurai Slash Down doesn't seem to be offering much that Takashi Miike hasn't already done better. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet The Cat in Their Arms (2018) Saori's pop purgatory may have seemed worth caring about had it been portrayed by a more sympathetic actress. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
2/5 82% Batman Ninja (2018) This elaborately executed nonsense is the kind of project where you just know that the title came first. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet 50 First Kisses (2017) "50 First Kisses" nearly delivers on the numerical promise of its title. It's a shame that none of them are good. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
3/5 84% Deadpool 2 (2018) For a brief period, Deadpool seemed like the most subversive player on the cinematic superhero circuit, deflating the genre's pretensions with a barrage of self-referential humor and fourth wall-breaking asides. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 31, 2018
4/5 90% Isle of Dogs (2018) Anderson has spoken of how he enjoys watching Japanese films without subtitles, and he takes obvious pleasure in the overlapping layers of language generated here. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 23, 2018
3/5 85% Avengers: Infinity War (2018) "Avengers: Infinity War" is bold, bombastic, and likely to bum a lot of people out. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Liverleaf (Misumisou) (2018) "Liverleaf" is Naito's most technically accomplished work to date, but it could've used a little more soul. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Saimon & Tada Takashi (2018) The pangs of unrequited love are a familiar staple in high-school movies, but it's not often that they involve an altercation with a flying saucer. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Dynamite Graffiti (Suteki na dainamaito sukyandaru) (2018) It's good fun, if a bit shallow. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
2/5 68% Manhunt (2017) It's got the white doves, gratuitous slo-mo and operatic gunplay that fans of [John] Woo's earlier films would expect, but the whole thing is as slackly executed as an "Expendables" movie. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 31, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Midnight Bus (Middonaito basu) (2017) There's some quietly engrossing drama at the heart of "Midnight Bus," though it's stretched thin over the film's trundling 157-minute runtime. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2018
3/5 44% Ghost in the Shell (2017) In Hollywood's hands, Ghost in the Shell manages to be both dazzling and a little dumb. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 12, 2017
3/5 75% Kong: Skull Island (2017) The film only really comes into its element when the beasts start brawling, but still -- what brawls. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
4/5 99% The Wailing (Goksung) (2016) There's something deeply sinister going on in The Wailing and I'm reluctant to divulge too much, because this is a film that's best enjoyed without prior knowledge of what's in store. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2017
3/5 95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) There's clearly an audience for this kind of high-concept erotic twaddle, but if Park changes tack for his next film, I won't complain. He's having fun here; he's also only a few shades away from E.L. James. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2017