Petal Dance

Petal Dance (ペタル ダンス) Director: Hiroshi Ishikawa Country: Japan Year: 2013 “Petal Dance” on Amazon. 物の哀れ Mononoaware a Japanese word that can be roughly translated as “the pathos of things.”  It is the awareness of the impermanence of all things and the … Continue reading

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

Beautiful Darkness: Analysis of Ghost in the Shell 2 [VIDEO ESSAY]

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (攻殻機動隊 イノセンス) Director: Mamoru Oshii Country: Japan Year: 2004 A sequel worthy of the same praise as its original, Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence is understandably a tough nut to crack. Taking a … Continue reading

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Black River

Black River (黑い河) Director: Masaki Kobayashi Country: Japan Year: 1956   In the wake of the catastrophic WWII that drastically turned Japan into land of great confusion, Japan witnessed an emergence of war-retro films that manifested numerous attempts of understanding … Continue reading

Harakiri

Harakiri (切腹) Director: Masaki Kobayashi Written: Shinobu Hashimoto, Yasuhiko Takiguchi Country: Japan Year: 1962 Harakiri (English Subtitled) on Amazon. Kobayashi was one of the rebels of Japanese cinema, most of his films dealt with political material – which acted as … Continue reading