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Samurai Banners/ Fûrin kazan

Inagaki Hiroshi (1905-1980) was a master of samurai films shot in color, best known for the Samurai Trilogy (1954-56) with Mifune Toshirô playing the legendary swordsman Musashi Miyamoto and a 1962 adaptation of… 631 more words

Stephen O. Murray

Mifune as the Japanese Cyrano in "Samurai Saga"

Mifune Toshiro has an out-of-body experience, as he dies amidst falling cherry blossoms in the Japanese adaptation (in color) of “Cyrano de Bergerac” to the time of Tokugawa victory, “Samurai Saga” (Aru kengo no shogai, 1959, directed by Inagaki Hiroshi, who also directed Mifune in “The Samurai Trilogy” and “Rickshaw Man.” 114 more words

Stephen O. Murray

Gosha’s 1991 “Kagerô”/“Heat Wave”

“Kagerô” (Heat Wave, directed by Gosha Hideo , 1991) seemed more like a Chinese (Li Gong) movie than a Japanese one, despite the extensive yakusa tattoos, the décor, the clothes, and the high-stakes games of hanafuda (flower cards, of which there are six). 210 more words

Stephen O. Murray

Big Head Reviews Attack on Titan (P1)

Toho Pictures presents a film by Shinji Higuchi
Running Time: 98 minutes
Rating: MA 15+
Score: 2 out of 5


 Attack on Titan Quickly Went From Eye-Opening to Downright Disappointing… 1,114 more words


Gosha's 1979 "Hunter in the Dark"

As in “Goyokin” (1969), “The Wolves” (1971), “Ominasa” (1982), “Kumokiri “ (1978), and “Heat Wave” (1991), Gosha Hideo cast Nakadai Tatsuya in “Hunter in the Dark” (Yami no karyudo, 1979), a Tokugawa-era yakusa film of considerable complexity and slow pace, following a brisk opening ambush scene. 138 more words

Stephen O. Murray

Putting the "J" Back in J-horror: Repositioning the "Other" in J-horror Within Cult Cinema

Introduction: J-horror, Miike, and Orientalism

In the 1990s, Mathijs and Sexton explain, “a string of European festivals…started introducing their fans to…Japanese horror films as a means of breaking away from the traditional horror fare they were usually offered” (2011, p. 2,689 more words

Andrew Murray

Goyokin (Official Gold, 1969)

Gosha Hideo’s 1969 “Goyôkin” (released with its Japanese title in Engish, and also titled “Official Gold” (a translation of the Japanese title) and “Steel Edge of Revenge,” is sort of the opposite of rebel samurai movies, though it shares the frequent villain of those movies, a corrupt official, Rokugo ( 329 more words

Stephen O. Murray