Akira Kobayashi Turns 72

Akira Kobayashi One of my favorite Japanese actors turned 72 yesterday so I thought I'd make some time to wish Akira Kobayashi a very happy belated birthday. Earlier this year I had planned on paying tribute to Kobayashi during the Japanese Cinema Blogathon but at the last minute, I decided to write about director Yasuharu … Continue reading Akira Kobayashi Turns 72

Spend Springtime in Japan

Left: Joe Shishido & Reiko Sasamori in Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards! Right: Hiroyuki Nagato & Jitsuko Yoshimura in Pigs and Battleships We're only four months into 2009 and the year is already becoming more interesting in terms of DVD releases than 2008. I've been impressed with Warner's decision to open up their … Continue reading Spend Springtime in Japan

Nikkatsu Action

Tetsuya Watari and Joe Shishido Last week the Nikkatsu Action Film Series made its way to San Francisco and the nice guys over at the Outcast Cinema site who manage the event were kind enough to remind me with a friendly email. Unfortunately due to my current work schedule, ongoing apartment maintenance and various family … Continue reading Nikkatsu Action

12 Favorite Foreign Language Films

I didn’t want to just list the 12 films I sent in for inclusion that didn’t make the final list of nominees for the Foreign Language Films List without writing a bit about them and why I love them so much. My entire list is filled to the brim with Japanese, Italian and French films … Continue reading 12 Favorite Foreign Language Films

“Dead man coming through!”

Seijun Suzuki on the set of Gate of Flesh (a.k.a. Nikutai no mon), 1964 To put things simply, Gate of Flesh is one of Seijun Suzuki's greatest films and without a doubt one of the best films produced in Japan in 1964. Seijun Suzuki (Branded to Kill, Tokyo Drifter, Youth of the Beast, etc.) shot … Continue reading “Dead man coming through!”