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 (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

Takeshi Kitano "Zatoichi" poster


Zatoichi (座頭市) Director: Takeshi Kitano Written: Takeshi Kitano Country: Japan Year: 2003 “Zatoichi” on Amazon. There are already many films and TV series about the blind masseur, gambler and swordsman, Zatoichi, a fictional character created by Kan Shimozawa (Source: Wikipedia). … Continue reading