picture: 'Kohei Igarashi'
Category
Interview
Published
15 November 2014

Kohei Igarashi

His graduation film Hold Your Breath Like a Lover was the only Japanese film at the 2014 Locarno film festival. Julian Ross talks to Kohei Igarashi.

picture: 'Over Your Dead Body'
Category
Film Review
Published
5 September 2014

Over Your Dead Body

Year
2014

Miike's riff on The Ghost Story of Yotsuya evokes both the supernatural and the resolutely down-to-earth

picture: 'The Garden of Words'
Category
Film Review
Published
5 September 2014

The Garden of Words

Year
2013

Makoto Shinkai's latest animated mini-feature explores everyday fleeting moments of love, beauty, and heartbreak.

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.

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picture: 'The V-Cinema Notebook, Part 2: The Action Paradigm'
Category
Feature
Published
19 October 2014

The V-Cinema Notebook, Part 2: The Action Paradigm

Tom Mes continues his trek through the wild world of Japan's straight-to-video film business.

picture: 'Kick Out the Jams! – Nikkatsu’s Stray Cat Rock Series'
Category
Feature
Published
15 September 2014

Kick Out the Jams! – Nikkatsu’s Stray Cat Rock Series

When Japanese cinema went wild, it was time for new heroes and 'New Action'. A look at the Meiko Kaji-starring series that ushered in an era.

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
picture: 'Tokyo Cyberpunk: Posthumanism in Japanese Visual Culture'

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
picture: 'Japanese Counterculture: The Antiestablishment Art of Terayama Shuji'

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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