japanese

  • Yasujiro Ozu’s ‘Good Morning’ Blu-Ray Review | Criterion Collection

    Starring: Chishu Ryu, Keiji Sada, Yoshiko Kuga, Kuniko Miyake, Haruko Sugimura & Koji Shitara. Directed by: Yasujiro Ozu Synopsis: A lighthearted take on director Yasujiro Ozu’s perennial theme of the challenges of inter­generational relationships, Good Morning tells the story of two young boys who stop speaking in protest after their parents refuse...
  • Wolf Guy Blu-Ray Review

    Starring: Shin’ichi Chiba, Saburo Date, Koji Fujiyama, Tooru Hanada Directed by: Kazuhiko Yamaguchi Synopsis: Shinichi “Sonny” Chiba is a martial arts “manimal” in the ultra-70’s, 100% bizarre mixture of horror, action and sci-fi that is Wolf Guy, one of the rarest and most sought-after cult films produced by Japan’s Toei Studio....
  • Kurosawa and Ozu: Two Faces of Japanese Cinema (Video)

    A detailed look into the masterminds of two of Japanese powerhouse directors: Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu. A visualization into the different styles of directing and the impact these two directors influenced many major well-known directors to this day....
  • Blind Woman’s Curse (1970)

    Starring: Meiko Kaji, Hoki Tokuda, Makoto Sato & Hideo Sunazuka Directed by: Teruo Ishii Synopsis: Akemi is a dragon-tattooed leader of the Tachibana yakuza clan.  In a duel with a rival gang, Akemi slashes the eyes of an opponent and a black cat appears to lap the blood from the gushing...
  • Retaliation (1968)

    Starring: Jo Shishido, Hideaki Nitani, Meiko Kaji & Akira Kobayashi Directed by: Yasuharu Hasebe Synopsis: A tale of gang warfare that features a raft of the period’s most iconic stars, Akira Kobayashi is a yakuza lieutenant who emerges from jail to find his gang dispersed and his aging boss in his...
  • Massacre Gun (1967)

    Starring: Jo Shishido, Tatsuya Fuji, Ryoji Hayama & Takashi Kanda Directed by: Yasuhara Hasebe Synopsis: Shishido stars as Kuroda, a mob hitman who turns on his employers after being forced to execute his lover.  Joining forces with his similarly wronged brothers, hot-headed Eiji and aspiring boxer Saburo, the trio escalate their...
  • Tokyo Drifter (1966)

    Starring: Tetsuya Watari, Chieko Matsubara, Tamio Kawachi, Hideaki Nitani & Eiji Go Directed by: Seijun Suzuki Synopsis: In this jazzy gangster film, reformed killer Tetsu’s attempt to go straight is thwarted when his former cohorts call him back to Tokyo to help battle a rival gang Video: Criterion has done a...
  • Tokyo Story (1953)

    Starring: Chishu Ryu, Chieko Higashiyama, Setsuko Hara, Haruko Sugimura, So Yamamura, Kuniko Miyake & Kyoko Kagawa Directed by: Yasujiro Ozu Synopsis: A profoundly stirring evocation of elemental humanity and universal heartbreak, Tokyo Story is the crowning achievement of the unparalleled Yasujiro Ozu.  The film, which follows an aging couple’s journey to...
  • Movie Night: High and Low

    Check out my movie night discussion on Akira Kurosawa’s ‘High and Low’. Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai and Kyoko Kagawa Directed by: Akira Kurosawa Release date: November 26, 1963 Production release: Toho Company...