Category Archives: Japanese Movies

New Film of Japan’s Greatest Artist

In the years before he died, Katsushika Hokusai is reported to have said: “If Heaven will grant me just five more years, then I will become a real painter.” This showed the acerbic wit of the man whose work has … Continue reading

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Guests at Tora-san’s Table

The other day, some fine late spring weather brought the 303 Crew to Katsushika-ku, in the extreme northeast part of Tokyo. This is a part of Shitamachi (the downtown oldest part of the capital) that Your Humble Narrator has never … Continue reading

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Nagisa Oshima: 1932 – 2013.

Winston Saint takes a look at one of the Japanese film director’s greatest achievements – “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence”. Here.

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Ghost Stories for a Japanese Summer


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We Interrupt This Program

Dear Readers, Due to a family emergency next week I shall be in the UK. I am hoping to put up a report when I get back – but until then, here’s this.

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Film Round-Up

Not exactly new, but definitely a couple of things to watch out for. “”Tetsuo: The Bullet Man” is the third in Shinya Tsukamoto’s “Tetsuo” series, and the first in English language … and “Enter the Void” is Gaspar Noe’s grim … Continue reading

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Media Tectonics 5/24

I’m delighted to announce a new group with a new series of seminars – Media Tectonics, at the brand new Wesley Centre in Minami-Aoyama. Pictured is film-maker Doug Campbell, who gave an inspirational and sometimes hysterically funny lecture. I’ll be … Continue reading

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