Tagged with japanese films

The 50 Best Samurai Films of All Time

The 50 Best Samurai Films of All Time


Samurai! So many samurai! Samurai all day long in this list of samurai films, I’m telling you. They’re even categorized based on the era of Japanese history in which they take place. That’s badass. Like a samurai. My name appears a bunch of times in this piece, and it’s such a well-researched, well-curated piece that I’ll … Continue reading

Review: The Red Turtle, 2017, dir.  Michaël Dudok de Wit

Review: The Red Turtle, 2017, dir. Michaël Dudok de Wit


Surprise: Studio Ghibli made a beautiful movie. Once you’re done collecting your jaw from the floor, you can click this link and zip over to The Playlist and read the review I wrote about Michaël Dudok de Wit’s The Red Turtle, a movie so lovely, minimalist, and thoughtful that it may assuage whatever sociopolitical anxieties you’re wrestling … Continue reading

Review: Creepy, 2016, dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Review: Creepy, 2016, dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa


If you’re going to make a movie and title it Creepy, well, it better be creepy, so good job Kiyoshi Kurosawa: Your latest film justifies its name. Creepy is an unnerving little ditty, “little” being a somewhat misleading qualifier based on duration – it’s two hours long plus some change, but you barely feel it based on … Continue reading

Review: Miss Hokusai, 2016, dir. Keiichi Hara

Review: Miss Hokusai, 2016, dir. Keiichi Hara


Maybe you like anime. Maybe you don’t. Maybe if you do, you think of “anime” in myopic terms and consider anything that doesn’t feature robots or monsters or other weird shit “anime,” but that’s dopey as fuck because “anime” is a word of pretty broad meanings. Besides that, Miss Hokusai, this little ditty I reviewed for … Continue reading

WTH Just Happened?: House

WTH Just Happened?: House


“For all of its oddities, grotesqueries and eccentricities, the single strangest thing about Nobuhiko Obayashi’s House (Hausu) is probably its heritage. How does a legendary studio like Toho commission a film to capitalize on the success of Jawsand wind up with a haunted house flick? Forget the fact that House shares practically zero DNA with … Continue reading

Review: R100, 2015, dir. Hitoshi Matsumoto

Review: R100, 2015, dir. Hitoshi Matsumoto


“In R100, Takafumi Katayama (Nao Ōmori), a workaholic father burdened by loneliness over his wife’s catatonic state, decides to sign up for a one-year contract with a gentleman’s bondage club. Membership comes with a few decidedly inconvenient stipulations; most notably, he must live all 365 days in constant anxiety over where, and when, he might … Continue reading

Review: Outrage, 2011, dir. Takeshi Kitano

Review: Outrage, 2011, dir. Takeshi Kitano


For the last decade, Japanese maestro Takeshi Kitano has taken a break from the Yakuza films that have come to strongly identify his entire body of work, turning to projects ranging from Zatoichi to his surreal and allegedly autobiographical trilogy of pictures starting with Takeshis and ending with 2008’s Achilles and the Tortoise. But ten … Continue reading

The Criterion Files: Drunken Angel/The Naked City

The Criterion Files: Drunken Angel/The Naked City


Welcome to the first entry in what I intend to fashion into a weekly series. As the name suggests, the focus here is Criterion Collection films, the classics and masterpieces and unequivocal essentials that hold sway in cinematic canon. My goal? Grab two random entries from off of my shelf, or stream them through Netflix … Continue reading

Review: 13 Assassins, 2011, dir. Takashi Miike

Review: 13 Assassins, 2011, dir. Takashi Miike


13 Assassins falls into a category of films woefully burdened by an inescapable family resemblance that dogs their existence on one level or another. In the case of the latest offering from Japanese shock filmmaker, Takashi Miike, anyone who’s heard of Kurosawa can trace the film’s lineage back to 1954, the release year of the … Continue reading

Movies That Matter: Ichi the Killer

Movies That Matter: Ichi the Killer


I never said that this series would be pretty, did I? I’m sure that someone out there is questioning what kind of person I must be for a movie like Ichi the Killer to be a defining and important part of my growth as a cineaste, which, I suppose, is fair enough to ask even … Continue reading