Celebrating Asian Film Artists

May is Asian Heritage Month or to be more exact, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. To celebrate I decided to collect links to some of the Asian films, filmmakers and actors that I’ve written about. I’m particularly fond of Japanese cinema so my writing reflects this but I’ve also written about Hong Kong and Bollywood films as well. This is a master list … Continue reading Celebrating Asian Film Artists

Toshiro Mifune in RED SUN (1971)

During Toshiro Mifune’s impressive career in front of the camera he was often referred to as the “John Wayne of Japan.” Like Wayne, Mifune was a powerful and commanding screen presence and one of his country’s biggest box-office stars. His rugged good looks and macho posturing seemed to represent a distinct kind of masculine ideal that post-WWII film audiences found particularly attractive. Both Wayne and … Continue reading Toshiro Mifune in RED SUN (1971)


Senkichi Taniguchi’s Snow Trail aka Ginrei no hate (1947) begins with a bang. A montage of shadowy figures and fragmented images bombard viewers during the film’s opening credits while guns fire, alarms ring, windows break, trains whistle and sirens scream. We soon discover that three desperate men (Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura and Yoshio Kosugi) have just robbed a bank and in a bold attempt to dodge authorities, … Continue reading NIPPON NOIR: SNOW TRAIL (1947)


Mifune was a giant in the world of Japanese cinema and although I’ve written a little bit about his background in the past in pieces such as Toshiro Mifune, Japan’s John Wayne and in my review of his first film, Snow Trail (1947), I wanted to know more about the man who had appeared in so many of my favorite Japanese films. My curiosity led … Continue reading MIFUNE: THE LAST SAMURAI (2015)

Happy New Year! + Nov. & Dec. at TCM’s Movie Morlocks

Happy New Year. So much to say and so little time to say it. Instead, I’ll save my rambling end of the year diatribe for another day and leave you with some links to the film writing I’ve done at TCM’s Movie Morlocks blog during the past few months. Cheers! November: – Another Hole in the Head 2015: 11 Days of Indie Horror, Sci-Fi & … Continue reading Happy New Year! + Nov. & Dec. at TCM’s Movie Morlocks

Terence Young’s Red Sun (1971)

During the month of August TCM will play host to their annual Summer Under the Stars event and for the last few years I’ve been asked to participate in an in-house blogathon devoted to one actor who is being featured in their line-up. This year Toshiro Mifune is our man of honor and I was happy to be able to contribute a piece on one … Continue reading Terence Young’s Red Sun (1971)

Akira Kurosawa’s Stray Dog (1949)

Stray Dog (1949) was the ninth film made by Japanese director Akira Kurosawa. It features no rogue samurai or mad emperors and it’s set in modern Japan instead of feudal Japan, but it does contain many of the major themes that Kurosawa enjoyed exploring in his work throughout his long career. It began life as a novel that the director wrote after being inspired by the … Continue reading Akira Kurosawa’s Stray Dog (1949)

Lee Marvin Goes Retro

The latest issue of Cinema Retro arrived in my mailbox yesterday and it boasts a colorful picture of Lee Marvin during the making of Prime Cut (1972) that literally jumps right off the cover. As a long time Lee Marvin devotee I was thrilled to discover that the magazine had unearthed a lengthy interview with Marvin that had never been published before. The interview was … Continue reading Lee Marvin Goes Retro