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Movie Review - The Yakuza Papers, Vol. 1: Battles Without Honor and Humanity

Due to the copyright strike on my Youtube channel, I’m going to hold off on doing film video reviews for the immediate future, aside from works from companies with a proven track record as being forgiving when it comes to film criticism (such as the Criterion Collection). 658 more words


Kōchiyama Sōshun/Priest of Darkness (1936, Yamanaka Sadao)

While Humanity and Paper Balloons (1937) may be the best-known of Yamanaka three surviving films, Kōchiyama Sōshun (the alternative English title, Priest of Darkness, makes little sense), another kabuki adaptation, is almost as good. 1,151 more words

Film Reviews

Criterion Blogathon: Akira Kurosawa’s Judo Epic: SANSHIRO SUGATA, Parts One and Two

This entry is part of the Criterion Blogathon sponsored by Criterion Blues, Silver Screenings, and Speakeasy. SANSHIRO SUGATA (1943) and SANSHIRO SUGATA, PART TWO (1945) are the first and fourth films directed by Akira Kurosawa, a man I consider to be one of the five greatest filmmakers in the history of cinema. 3,666 more words


Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary, Japan 2015)

Having received much praise at the Cannes Film Festival this title now graces the Official Selection at the Leeds International Film Festival. This is the most impressive film I have yet enjoyed at the Festival. 621 more words

Leeds International Film Festival


Audition is a masterpiece of Japanese cinema and if you have not yet watched it, do so now and before continuing, there will be spoilers that may ruin your experience of the film. 583 more words

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East and Southeast Asian documentary. And beyond 

Today just a quick note to announce a small topic shift I’d like to give to my blog. I will still primarily write about Japanese documentaries, but in the past months I realised just how limiting it is to keep the focus only on the works coming out of Japan and by doing so missing the chance to explore the rich and vibrant non-fiction scene of East and Southeast Asian countries. 65 more words

Best Documentaries

Now on dvd Japanese film - FIGHTER PILOT

Takashi Yamazaki writes and directs this Second World War war drama about a family  trying to find out what their grandfather did in the war and discovering  he was a Kamikaze pilot  during  the attack on  Pearl Harbour  in 1941… 16 more words

Japanese Cinema