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A Colt is My Passport

It would be easy, but unfair
To make the shallow claim
That this protagonist compares
To Leone’s “Man with No Name.”
It doesn’t work because we see… 65 more words

DVD/Blu-ray Review: Professor Layton And The Eternal Diva

The Professor’s first movie and his toughest puzzle yet!

‘First it started with a Game’ as the intro goes it was the vast popularity of the game series following the gentleman Professor Layton on his quests to solve puzzles with his apprentice Luke. 889 more words


Pioneering manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi, chronicler of postwar Japanese alienation

On March 7, manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi died in Tokyo at the age of 79. I first heard of him when Dwight Garner reviewed his massive manga autobiography, … 1,870 more words

Japanese Cinema

An Innocent Witch/Woman of Mount Osore (1965, directed by Gosho Heinosuke)

An Innocent Witch opens harshly with cymbals, brass and drums. Voices wail in horror or emit low, chant-like moans. As we read the superimposed credits, the camera slowly moves right-to-left over gases and small flames emanating from the earth. 3,532 more words

Film Reviews

The Sword of Doom

On reflection, there’s irony
That, though our villain lead might
Be the archetypal black hat Western baddie
The head covering he has is white.
That’s the only light thing about… 55 more words

CAAMFest 2015: 0.5MM by Ando Momoko

This strange and disturbing film is nonetheless a compelling 198 minutes of mysterious motivations and surprising outbursts. Sawa, a caregiver for geriatric patients, goes on the road after a traumatic experience with one of her elderly male clients. 275 more words


A RARE NOIR IS GOOD TO FIND! - Japanese Noir (March 19-23 @ the Roxie in SF)

Intimidation (1960; Dir.: Koreyoshi Kurahara)

Underworld Beauty (1958; Dir.: Seijun Suzuki)

Pale Flower (1964; Dir.: Masahiro Shinoda)

On Saturday at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco, the “A Rare Noir is Good to Find! 977 more words