Monthly Archives: July 2012

TF Film Review: The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Whilst I have been excited about this release for a long time now I never quite realised how hotly anticipated this third and final part in the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy was. Sadly the opening weekend release in the United … Continue reading

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Tokyo Modern Architecture #1

For all its good points Tokyo ain’t half one ugly looking city with buildings pretty much erected (and pulled down) willy nilly without any thought to the environment around it. However, amid all the chaos of such a concrete jungle … Continue reading

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Review: Films Set In Japan – ‘Austin Powers In Goldmember’ (2002)

This third Austin Powers film is 10 years old this month and it doesn’t take a genius to work out that absolutely none of it was actually filmed in Japan. They didn’t reference this fact quite as blatantly as they … Continue reading

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London Filming Locations: Snatch (2000)

After the success of ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels‘ director Guy Ritchie cashed in and made a wholly enjoyable but very similar film before everyone started to get a bit fed up of his London gangster movies. I’ve only … Continue reading

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London Filming Locations: The Italian Job (1969)

Think of Michael Caine’s classic portrayal of Charlie Croker in the original ‘Italian Job’ film and you no doubt think of the city of Turin where the ‘job’ is done using three Mini Coopers, a Jaguar and a bus amid … Continue reading

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London Filming Locations: Batman Begins & The Dark Knight

With the much anticipated release of ‘The Dark Knight Rises‘ approaching I think its a good time to show you some of the London filming locations for the two Christopher Nolan produced films which preceded it. Both films scored very … Continue reading

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Tokyo Daytripper: Nihon Minka-en Japan Open-Air Folk House Museum

This is quite a unique museum as visitors get a rare opportunity to walk through and experience ancient Edo period style architecture first hand. In my opinion this sure beats looking at objects and pictures and reading guide boards in … Continue reading

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Review: Films Set In Japan – ‘The Shinjuku Incident’ (2009)

He may be one of the worlds most famous international action stars but I am ashamed to say that the only film of his that I’d ever seen before this was the 2009 re-make of ‘The Karate Kid‘. I actually … Continue reading

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Hiking In Fukushima Pt II: Goshikinuma

So what exactly did I end up doing on my first day in Fukushima I hear you ask! Following the setback mentioned at the start of ‘Hiking in Fukushima Pt I‘ I decided to head back to Koriyama station which … Continue reading

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Hiking In Fukushima Pt I: Jyododaira

With a weeks holiday under way and not too much going on I decided to get away from the city for a couple of days. I went to Fukushima and on my arrival just after 9am I was shocked to … Continue reading

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