Tag Archives: Japanese

Akio Jissôji – Uta AKA Poem [Theatrical Cut] (1972)

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Poem is the last film in Jissoji’s Art Theatre Guild trilogy and deals with the traditional stem-family system on the verge of collapse allegorically. Not very satisfied with the optimistic last scene of Mujo, Jissoji approaches a similar subject matter from a different perspective. And the film is more in line with his concern about the radical change in the society which prompted him to make the trilogy. It appears that the script was written through intense discussions between Jissoji and Ishido, this time too. Read More »

Kazuhiko Yamaguchi – Zubekô banchô: Tôkyô nagaremono AKA Delinquent Girl Boss 2 – Tokyo Drifters (1970)

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The second part in the series feels a bit like a quick cash in on the success of the original… although that’s not to say it’s a bad movie. It’s quite an enjoyable film actually, if you’re a genre fan that is. The main problem is that it’s missing a proper storyline. Between the awesome reform school opening and stylish action finale there isn’t a whole lot happening. Director Yamaguchi relies a bit too much on humour and general ’hanging out with the characters’. Almost all darker content has been dropped from the film, and the exploitation elements, that were already brief in the previous film, have been further toned down; the violence is mostly bloodless, and there is only brief nudity, always in comical context. Read More »

Nobuhiko Ôbayashi – Haruka, nosutarujii AKA Haruka, Nostalgia (1993)

A fantasy drama about a popular writer who returns to Otaru, his hometown and finds a girl who looks a lot like the woman he once loved. Read More »

Werner Herzog – Family Romance, LLC (2019)

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A man is hired to impersonate the missing father of a young girl. Read More »

Yuri Nomura – Eatrip (2009)

An exploration of the act of eating, both as an interaction among people and between people and nature.

Eatrip is a Japanese documentary about food. An exploration of the act of eating, both as an interaction among people and between people and nature. Read More »

Shun’ya Itô – Inugami no tatari AKA Curse of the Dog God (1977)

A man looking to mine uranium in a rural Japanese village has the wicked curse of the Dog God set upon him. Read More »

Natsuka Kusano – Domains (2019) (HD)

Aki and Naoko are childhood friends who are drifting apart as adults. Immersed in her family life, Naoko now has a husband and daughter; Aki, on the other hand, remains single and is on leave from work due to a personal crisis. The plot might sound familiar but it has never been told like this. The director Kusano Natsuka stages the interactions through an actors’ table-read and, as the lines are repeated, the scenes gradually develop into on-location conversations. Moreover, she repositions the dramatic peak of the story to the beginning: Aki has murdered Naoko’s daughter. Read More »