Tag: Third Window

August 9, 2023 · 0 comments

Katsuhito Ishii as Animator

Katsuhito Ishii as Animator

By Tom Wilmot. For those clued up on modern Japanese cinema, the name Katsuhito Ishii is sure to ring a bell. Renowned for his surreal imagery and off-kilter comedy, Ishii’s films range from the violent and zany to the soft and serene. However, while the director is most widely recognised for his work in live-action, […]

March 21, 2023 · 0 comments

Electric Dragon 80.000v

Electric Dragon 80.000v

By Tom Wilmot. It wasn’t so long ago that Gakuryu Ishii was a somewhat obscure figure in the West, despite being one of Japan’s most influential modern filmmakers. However, with the director’s seminal punk films Crazy Thunder Road (1980) and Burst City (1982) receiving stacked Blu-ray releases in recent years, Ishii is experiencing something of […]

February 6, 2023 · 2 comments

The Time-Bending Tales of Makoto Ueda

The Time-Bending Tales of Makoto Ueda

By Tom Wilmot. Writers tend to have a motif, an idea or theme that persists throughout their work, distinguishing their projects and allowing them to form an artistic identity. In the case of Makoto Ueda, this idea is one of time. The co-founder of the theatre group Europe Kikaku has toiled on many wonderous sci-fi […]

July 26, 2022 · 0 comments

Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle

Onoda: 10,000 Nights in the Jungle

By Tom Wilmot. Nearly fifty years after he re-emerged from the jungle, Lieutenant Hiroo Onoda remains a fascinating and controversial figure. The World War II soldier famously surrendered in 1974, having held out on the small Filipino island of Lubang for the better part of thirty years, convinced that Japan’s conflict with the Allies was […]

July 5, 2022 · 0 comments

Zokki

Zokki

By Tom Wilmot. Quirky Japanese comedies are a dime a dozen these days, so in order for one to truly stand out from the crowd, it needs to do something a little more unique. Such is the case for Zokki, a comedy-anthology based on Hiroyuki Ohashi’s manga collection of the same name. Helmed by a […]

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