picture: 'Intergalactic Tokusatsu: Charting the Japanese Space Opera, Part 2'
Category
Feature
Published
7 July 2014

Intergalactic Tokusatsu: Charting the Japanese Space Opera, Part 2

The second chapter in our odyssey brings messages from space and greetings from Jupiter, while taking a detour into the realm of anime.

picture: 'Sorry'
Category
Film Review
Published
29 June 2014

Sorry

Year
2002

A unjustly forgotten film that shows there was more to millennial Japanese cinema than Miike, Miyazaki and Battle Royale, argues Jasper Sharp.

picture: 'Metropolis'
Category
Film Review
Published
29 June 2014

Metropolis

Year
2001

Not a resounding commercial success upon its 2001 theatrical release, yet this may be about as good as Japanese animation gets.

picture: 'Swallowtail Butterfly'
Category
Film Review
Published
29 June 2014

Swallowtail Butterfly

Year
1996

Revisiting a signature film of late-1990s Japanese cinema, nearly twenty years on.

picture: 'Crime Hunter'
Category
Film Review
Published
7 February 2014

Crime Hunter

Year
1989

The film that kicked off the straight-to-video V-cinema boom of the 1990s and helped rejuvenate Japanese cinema.

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picture: 'The Sun Also Rises: Miyazaki, Oshima and the Politics of History'
Category
Feature
Published
8 May 2014

The Sun Also Rises: Miyazaki, Oshima and the Politics of History

Inside the box office politics of an increasingly conservative Japanese cinema. Or: why Nagisa Oshima still matters in the era of Hayao Miyazaki and The Eternal Zero.

picture: 'Intergalactic Tokusatsu: Charting The Japanese Space Opera, Part 1'
Category
Feature
Published
21 March 2014

Intergalactic Tokusatsu: Charting The Japanese Space Opera, Part 1

Distant galaxies and hostile worlds, interplanetary disaster and mighty monsters: the first in a two-part odyssey into the Japanese space opera.

Category
Book Review
Published
21 December 2013
picture: 'Gun and Sword: An Encyclopedia of Japanese Gangster Films 1955-1980'

Gun and Sword: An Encyclopedia of Japanese Gangster Films 1955-1980

At 820 pages, Chris D's long-in-the-making yakuza movie tome has been worth the wait.

Category
Book Review
Published
3 September 2012
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Tokyo Cyberpunk: Posthumanism in Japanese Visual Culture

Steven T. Brown's inspiring and long-overdue exploration of a genre that remains relevant.

Category
Book Review
Published
13 May 2011
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Japanese Counterculture: The Antiestablishment Art of Terayama Shuji

Examining Steven C. Ridgely's new study of one of the most fascinating and enigmatic figures in Japanese film and art.

Category
Book Review
Published
14 March 2011
picture: 'A Page of Madness: Cinema and Modernity in 1920s Japan'

A Page of Madness: Cinema and Modernity in 1920s Japan

Aaron Gerow clarifies the many mysteries and misconceptions surrounding Teinosuke Kinugasa's silent classic.

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