Tag Archives: Japanese

Takashi Miike – The Man in White Part 2: Requiem for the Lion (2003)

Synopsis:
A rowdy, young yakuza takes revenge against a gang of thousands for the death of his boss.

Review:
Wow! The second and final part Miike’s Yurusarezaru mono (or: The Man in White) is pretty damned impressive! Following directly from the previous part’s cliffhanger ending, Miike steps up the action tenfold, adding new deranged characters to obstruct Azusa’s path of vengeance for the death of his boss. Read More »

Takashi Miike – Yurusarezaru mono AKA The Man in White (2003)

Asuza is a yakusa always dressed in white, a pure, yet tarnished man. A child from the streets, he saw his father assassinated by his older brother, and his mother commit suicide. These traumatizing events haunt him in the present. Asuza is now a member of a criminal group. He has been taken under the wing of the gang’s leader, his new adoptive father. When this second father figure is suddenly assassinated, Asuza plunges rapidly into an infernal revenge scheme. As he searches tirelessly for the killer, he discovers that once again, his older brother is the culprit. A confrontation is inevitable. When Asuza meets his brother face to face, he learns that behind every murder committed, lie motives more complex than they first appear. Read More »

Zenzô Matsuyama – Namonaku mazushiku utsukushiku AKA Happiness of Us Alone (1961)

Synopsis
The story is of two people. One is deaf, the other deaf and dumb. They marry after meeting at a school reunion, and the film follows their trials and tribulations … and joys.

Quote:
The directorial debut of longtime screenwriter and frequent Masaki Kobayashi collaborator Zenzo Matsuyama. Read More »

Seijun Suzuki – Haru-Sakura AKA Seijun’s Different Stages of Cherry Blossoms (1983)

A man looking to transplant cherry blossoms along the countryside encounters a blind woman who accompanies him for the journey. Read More »

Akio Jissôji – Teito monogatari AKA Tokyo: The Last Megalopolis (1988)

A demonic reincarnation of a Japanese general from the 10th century appears in the early 20th century Tokyo with a mission to destroy the blooming city. Read More »

Nobuhiko Ôbayashi – Hyôryu kyôshitsu AKA The Drifting Classroom (1987)

Nobuhiko Obayashi’s sci-fi fantasy (from a manga by Kazuo Umezu) about a middle school that gets transported by an earthquake to a strange and otherworldly landscape. Read More »

Akio Jissoji – Yoiyami semareba aka When Twilight Draws Near (1969)

Here’s Jissoji Akio’s impressive theatrical debut. Distributed by ATG and with a script by Oshima Nagisa, it’s a fascinating dissection of 1960s Japanese youth angst. Oshima wrote the screenplay for television in 1964, but due to the subversiveness of the story it never got made there. Which doesn’t come as a surprise, considering that the film consists of four students in a room, who decide to leave the gas on and bet money on who will stay there the longest… Read More »