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"Outrage": Boring, ultraviolent Kitano yakusa movie

there was practically no chacterization in 2010 “Autoreiji” (Outrage: Way of the Yakusa), written, directed and edited by Kitano Takeshi, who also plays a leading role in it. 120 more words

Japanese Movies

Throne of Blood and Adaptation

Of all of Akira Kurosawa’s jidaigeki films, Throne of Blood (1957) holds a unique place in his film canon. While it is certainly not the most famous,  675 more words

Akira Kurosawa

Kitano & Co. Coming to America, Spreading Mayhem

“Aniki,”(Brother, 2000) the movie written by, directed by, and starring Kitano Takeshi begins in Japan and invades America. Although Yamamoto is a common Japanese name, I suspect that the… 611 more words

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Kitano's"Fireworks" (Hana-bi)

“Hana-bi” (Fireworks, 1997, written directed by, edited by and starring Kitano Takeshi, 4 stars) has its longeurs, punctuated by savage outbursts of violence with a bass line of anguish as Yoshitaka Nishi (Kitano), still mourning the death of his daughter, leaves the police force to spend time with his wife (Kishimoto Kayoko), who is dying of leukemia and with his police partner, Horibe (Osugi Ren), who, paralyzed by a bullet wound, takes up painting animals with floral eyes (the painting, too, are Kitano’s; he is also a published poet, writes a weekly column, and is all over Japanese television). 200 more words

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A teenaged vigilante in Tokyo

The 1998 Japanese-language movie “Tokyo Eyes,” was directed by someone with the not-very Japanese-sounding name Jean-Pierre Limosin (1949-), who also directed “Cinema of Our Time” documentaries about Abbas Kiarostami and Takeshi Kitano, who has a role in “Tokyo Eyes” and whose “Novo” (2002) was shot in Spain and in Spanish . 735 more words

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Mifune: The Last Samurai - New Documentary on Japan’s Greatest Actor

“Mifune: The Last Samurai” is a documentary on Japanese actor Toshiro Mifune that recently played at the IFC Center in New York. To fans of Japanese film, Mifune needs no introduction. 2,349 more words


Two Japanese gay men and a baby

The 2001 comedy/soap opera “Hush!”, written and directed by Hashiguchi Ryosuke is very confusing at first. It runs two and a quarter hours with some scenes that go on too long and jumps abruptly, leaving the audience to impose a time scheme. 811 more words

Stephen O. Murray