Tag Archives: Yasushi Suzuki

Yoshishige Yoshida – Nihon dasshutsu aka Escape from Japan (1964)

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‘Escape from Japan’ chronicles the misadventures of Tatsuo Ihara, a small-time criminal who dreams of seeking his fortune away from Japan. Timed to coincide with the Tokyo Olympiad and released on July 4, Escape From Japan can be safely assumed to have something to say about Japan’s place in the world and its relations with the U.S. in particular. It also proves less an imitation than a black-comic send-up of the sort of sordid crime stories that Seijun Suzuki and others specialized in. Read More »

Kôhei Yoshidome – Shin ningen shikkaku AKA New – No Longer Human (1978)

Based on the novel by Osamu Dazai and distributed by ATG. The story of a young man who is caught between the breakup of the traditions of a northern Japanese aristocratic family and the impact of Western ideas. In consequence, he feels himself “disqualified from being human” (a literal translation of the Japanese title) and goes down the stairs to self-destruction step by step. Read More »