Earlier this year, we invited you to watch this insightful video interview with Aaron Gerow, who was talking about Japanese film theory — among other things! He’s a professor of Japanese cinema at Yale University, who runs the KineJapan list — one of the few places online where you can discuss Japanese movies.
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To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Godzilla, the Japanese TV network NHK has produced this incredible (english-friendly) documentary about the world of Japanese special effects — aka Tokusatsu. This 46-min long documentary serves as an insightful homage to those (starting with Eiji Tsuburaya) who created visually stunning effects that inspired generations of viewers.
Takashi Miike is full of surprises. The man has gained wide attention in the West more than 10 years ago with horror/gore films such as Audition, Ichi the Killer, Visitor Q… Miike has always been an active director, always working on new projects, trying different genres, different subjects, delivering 2 or 3 films each year, […]
When thinking about Japanese cinema, Akira Kurosawa is among the first names to come in mind. We’ve seen his movies, enjoyed his paintings, learned from his many interviews… We’re always trying to find more things to get from this master, to understand his vision of the world.
We often talk about the state of the Japanese film industry, how directors are having difficulties to develop original or personal projects in a media-mix economy mostly interested in adapting successful TV-drama/manga/anime franchises to the big screen.