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

Remembering Yasuharu Hasebe (1932-2009)

Akira Kobayashi in Yasuharu Hasebe's Black Tight Killers (1966) While I was trying to compile a post for the Japanese Cinema Blogathon currently happening at Wildgrounds I read the sad news that one of my favorite Japanese directors, Yasuharu Hasebe, has died after he contracted pneumonia on June 14th. Hasebe was 77 years old, but … Continue reading Remembering Yasuharu Hasebe (1932-2009)

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

20 Favorite DVD Releases of 2008: Part I.

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but overall 2008 was somewhat of a lackluster year for new Region 1 DVD releases of 1960s and 1970s era films when compared to the previous two years (See: 2006 and 2007). Some of my favorite DVD companies such as BCI Eclipse and most recently New … Continue reading 20 Favorite DVD Releases of 2008: Part I.

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

DVD of the Week: Delinquent Girl Boss – Blossoming Night Dreams (1970)

One of my favorite films from Panik House's 2005 Pinky Violence DVD Collection was Delinquent Girl Boss: Worthless To Confess (Zubekô banchô: zange no neuchi mo nai, 1971), which was directed by Kazuhiko Yamaguchi for Toei and starred the strikingly cute Japanese actress and occasional pop idol Reiko Oshida. Not only was Delinquent Girl Boss: … Continue reading DVD of the Week: Delinquent Girl Boss – Blossoming Night Dreams (1970)

DVD of the Week: Tattooed Flower Vase

There were some good DVD re-releases this week such as the Special Collector's Edition of Roman Polanski's Chinatown (1974) and a Deluxe Edition of Richard Lester's Help! (1965). But my DVD pick of the week is the Kino/KimStim release of the Japanese Roman Porno film Tattooed Flower Vase (aka Kashin no Irezumi: Ureta Tsubo; 1976) … Continue reading DVD of the Week: Tattooed Flower Vase

“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!”