Tag Archives: Tadanobu Asano

Nobuhiko Obayashi – Seishun dendekedekedeke AKA The Rocking Horsemen (1992)

It is 1965. High-school student Takeyoshi Fujiwara Yasufumi Hayashi) hears “Pipeline” by the Ventures, and is mesmerized by their unique sound. With three friends, he forms a band called “The Rocking Horsemen.” A warm and comic glimpse into high-school and small-town life in Japan in the 60’s. Read More »

Kôhei Oguri – Umoregi AKA The Buried Forest (2005)

“What secrets lie deep in the buried forest? Veteran filmmaker Oguri Kohei, the director of such films as The Sting of Death and Sleeping Man, helms The Buried Forest (a.k.a. Umoregi), one of a select group of Japanese films entered in competition at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. With a cinematic look seemingly pulled straight from yesteryear, the film kicks off by focusing on a high school girl named Machi (Karen). To break up the monotony of summer, Machi decides that she and her friends should have some fun and start telling each other stories. Read More »

Shinji Aoyama – Eri Eri rema sabakutani AKA Eli, Eli, Lema Sabachthani? [+Extra] (2005)

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
On the same day of this word created from the depth of despair, the Christ passed away on the cross, A.D.2015, Virus has been spreading in many cities worldwide. It is a suicidal disease. The virus is infected by pictures. People, once infected, certainly come down with the disease, which leads to death. They have no way of fighting against the disease filled with fear and despair. The media calls the disease the Lemming Syndrome. Read More »

Shinji Sômai – Kaza-hana (2000)

A haunting tale of destiny and life’s unpredictability: an elite bureaucrat, humbled by an incident which ruined his promising career, has a chance encounter with a glamorous hostess, heartbroken by her husband’s death. Read More »

Nobuhiko Ôbayashi – Labyrinth of Cinema (2019)

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The story centers on a group of young people who travel back in time when they are in a movie theater just before closing time. They witness deaths during the closing days of Japan’s feudal times and on the battlefront in China before they are sent to Hiroshima just before the Aug. 6, 1945, atomic bombing of the city. 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 »

Macoto Tezuka – Hakuchi AKA The Innocent (1999)

Harrowing drama is set in an alternate version of the 1990s in which World War II never ended and the citizens of Japan are subjected to nightly bombing raids.

Hakuchi (1999) is based off of Ango Sakaguchi’s novel of the same name and directed by Makoto Tezuka, Osamu Tezuka’s son. “Hakuchi” means “Idiot” (and is in reference to a mentally handicapped woman in the storyline). It stars my favorite Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano (Kakihara in “Ichi the Killer”, Mamoru in “Bright Future”, etc.) as a directing assistant named Izawa who works at a television station in a war-ravaged Japan. He gets harassed and abused by a pop star/actress named Ginga who he works for. One day Izawa returns home to find that the mentally-challenged wife of the crazy man next door is hiding in his closet. Read More »