Search Results for: Jasper Sharp

September 29, 2023 · 0 comments

Tekkonkinkreet

Tekkonkinkreet

By Jasper Sharp. Directed by the LA-born Michael Arias, and adapted from Taiyo Matsumoto’s cult manga of the same name, Tekkonkinkreet depicts the adventures of two young street urchins named Kuro and Shiro (“Black” and “White”) as they run riot around the aptly-named Takara-Machi (Treasure Town), leading a feral existence far removed from the other […]

June 1, 2023 · 1 comment

The Bullet Train

The Bullet Train

By Tom Wilmot. There’s a bomb on the Hikari 109! Tetsuo Okita (Ken Takakura) and his band of blue-collar bombers attempt to extort money from the government, holding the lives of some 1,500 bullet train passengers to ransom. When the National Railway suggests stopping the train to check for an explosive, they learn that the […]

May 20, 2023 · 0 comments

Books: Japanese Film and the Challenge of Video

Books: Japanese Film and the Challenge of Video

By Jonathan Clements. Tom Mes’s new book begins in 2022 with Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Drive My Car winning an Oscar, followed by a flood of gushing articles about how it was going to “change Japanese cinema.” He notes that this relatively minor art-house film was never going to rock any boats in its native Japan, and […]

December 23, 2022 · 0 comments

Girls Who Leapt Through Time

Girls Who Leapt Through Time

By Andrew Osmond. Readers of this blog will know The Girl Who Leapt Through Time as the seminal breakthrough film by Mamoru Hosoda, the future director of Belle and Mirai. But if you search on on Amazon, you’ll notice there are other versions of the story, including a recently-added live-action film by director Nobuhiko Obayashi. […]

December 20, 2022 · 0 comments

A Fugitive from the Past

A Fugitive from the Past

by Jeremy Clarke. Voted third in Kinema Junpo magazine’s 1999 list of the greatest Japanese film of all time, Tomu Uchida’s A Fugitive From The Past (1965) is the pinnacle of a directorial career that also includes Bloody Spear At Mount Fuji (1955) and The Mad Fox (1962). In the poll, it was beaten by […]

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