Takehiro Murata

  • Takehiro Nakajima – Okoge AKA Fag Hag (1992)

    1991-2000ArthouseDramaJapanQueer Cinema(s)Takehiro Nakajima

    Takehiro Nakajima directs this romantic drama about a love triangle between two men and a young woman. The film centers on Sayoko (Misa Shimizu of Unagi fame) who works as a voice-over artist for television cartoons. One day she happens upon a lithe young man and his middle-aged lover in mid-kiss. Something about the incident fascinates her, and soon she’s frequenting gay bars until she finds the couple once again. The young man is a designer named Go (Takehiro Murata) while the older man is married and named Terasaki (Takeo Nakahara). When Sayoko learns that Go’s ailing mother has moved in with him, disrupting the couple’s usual tryst, she offers them the services of her place. For a while, things go beautifully. As the two guys go at it upstairs, Sayoko merrily thumbs through art books. Then Terasaki’s wife gets wind of her husband’s extramarital activities and storms Sayoko’s pad. Terasaki is forced to dump Go and the lad consequently goes into a deep funk. In an attempt to cheer him up, she tries to set him up with a hunky former sailor. Instead, the sailor rapes and impregnates Sayoko. Years later, the three meet again.Read More »

  • Kihachi Okamoto – Sukedachi-ya Sukeroku AKA Vengeance for Sale (2001)

    2001-2010ActionComedyJapanKihachi Okamoto

    This is the final movie from Okamoto Kihachi, the filmmaker who directed such great movies as “Sword Of Doom”, “Kill”, and “Red Lion”. With an equal mix of violence and humor he has forged a career that spanned over 4 decades and created some of the most memorable films to ever come out of Japan. This is no exception, and the hand of a master is evident in his treatment of this highly entertaining story. In a world where vendettas are officially sanctioned, the people sometimes needed help in carrying out their vengeance. Read More »

  • Nobuhiko Ôbayashi – Riyû AKA The Reason AKA The Motive (2004)

    2001-2010AsianJapanMysteryNobuhiko Obayashi

    A storm rages over Tokyo. Meanwhile, inside a high-rise apartment block, the bodies of four people are discovered – apparently the victims of a brutal crime. At first, the victims are all thought to be members of one family, but then it transpires that they were not related to each other at all. Investigations run aground. Who were the victims? Who was responsible for – it has to be said – having slaughtered them in such a way? And why on earth were the murders committed? What could possibly have been the motive? Innocuous citizens who do not normally have anything to do with such horrific crimes are dragged onto the case. And the more testimonies that are collated, the closer the case moves towards a surprising conclusion.Read More »

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