Lowlife Love

Lowlife Love (下衆の愛) Director: Eiji Uchida Country: Japan Year: 2015 Watch the film on Filmdoo Warning: this movie will leave you with a nasty aftertaste. A dark comedy, and a borderline parody of the indie film industry in Japan, the story … 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

Masaki Kobayashi "Kwaidan" poster

Kwaidan

Kwaidan (怪談) Country: Japan Writer(s): Mizuki Yoko Director: Masaki Kobayashi Year: 1965 “Kwaidan” on Amazon. Kwaidan (pronounced Kaidan) is probably one of the most unique films that one could possibly find within the exceptionally large number of arthouse Asian films. I … Continue reading

Humanity and Paper Balloons

Humanity and Paper Balloons (人情紙風船) Director: Sadao Yamanaka Written: Sintaro Mimura Country: Japan Year: 1937 Sadao Yamanaka Collection (3 Films) on Amazon. “Humanity and Paper Ballons” is a great example of jidaigeki genre, which depicts earlier periods of Japanese history, … Continue reading

Hayao Miyazaki "Princess Mononoke" poster

Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke (もののけ姫) Director: Hayao Miyazaki Written: Hayao Miyazaki Country: Japan Year: 1997 “Princess Mononoke” on Amazon. Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli made Japanese animation (or anime) popular all around the world. Miyazaki tells complex stories though masterful imagery that encompasses … Continue reading