Search Results for: Jasper Sharp

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 […]

September 6, 2022 · 0 comments

Books: Japanese Cinema

Books: Japanese Cinema

By Jasper Sharp. There are many paths one might take through the vast and varied terrain of Japanese cinema. Peter Cowie’s addition to the ever-expanding range of publications on a subject – so thoroughly pioneered, surveyed and demarcated by fans, pundits and scholars alike over the decades – provides cause for thought that there is […]

June 10, 2022 · 0 comments

Crazy Thunder Road

Crazy Thunder Road

by Jeremy Clarke. Following on from Arrow’s superb BD of Sogo Ishii’s Burst City (1982) comes Third Window’s equally impressive BD release of its predecessor in the Ishii canon Crazy Thunder Road (1980). This was his Nihon University student graduation project, his first to be shot on 16mm rather than Super 8, which somehow got […]

May 17, 2022 · 0 comments

To Sleep So As to Dream

To Sleep So As to Dream

By Tom Wilmot. After her daughter, Bellflower (Moe Kamura), is kidnapped by the shady M. Pathé company, Madame Cherryblossom (Fujiko Fukamizu) reaches out to private investigator Uotsuka (Shiro Sano) for help. Along with his assistant Kobayashi (Koji Otake), and a whole load of boiled eggs, Uotsuka embarks on a seemingly endless hunt for the missing […]

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