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Gate of Hell / 地獄門 (Teinosuke Kinugasa, 1953)

Teinosuke Kinugasa’s film Gate of Hell was a global smash upon its original release, winning the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1954, plus a couple of Academy Awards. 546 more words


FILM REVIEW: "The Woodsman and the Rain" (2011, Japan)

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Movies that show the filmmaking process have always held a certain charm. In “The Woodsman and the Rain” we follow the meeting between Katsu (Koji Yakusho), a 60 year-old lumberjack, and Koichi (Shun Oguri), a young and insecure director. 218 more words

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FILM REVIEW: "Memories of Matsuko (2006, Japan)

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Nakashima’s “Memories of Matsuko” grips you from the start, and doesn’t let up. A film that juxtaposes moments of sorrow with moments of euphoria, it’s a wonderfully weird glimpse into a troubled but vivacious life. 372 more words

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FILM REVIEW: "Kamikaze Girls" (2004, Japan)

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“Kamikaze Girls” is a great introduction to polar opposite Japanese subcultures. A Lolita fashionista, born into the wrong century, meets a yanki girl gang member. 463 more words

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Blu-ray Review: Youth of the Beast

Starring: Jo Shishido, Misako Watanabe
Director: Seijun Suzuki
Rating: 8/10

There’s a fine example early on in Youth of the Beast (1963) of why movie buffs get so excited by Seijun Suzkuki. 418 more words


FILM REVIEW: "Fish Story" (2009, Japan)

FILM REVIEW: “Fish Story” (2009, Japan)

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“Fish Story”, a hard-rocking sugar rush of a comedy from Yoshihiro Nakamura, is a film that takes pleasure in keeping its viewers in the dark. 540 more words

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