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Flashback: forgotten Japanese anime a hallucinatory erotic masterpiece

A medieval medley of rape, orgies and deals with the devil, the film is an odd mix of folk tale and feminist manifesto

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

A medieval medley of rape, orgies and deals with the devil, the film is an odd mix of folk tale and feminist manifesto

Flashback: forgotten Japanese anime a hallucinatory erotic masterpiece
Flashback: Cure (1997) – Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s daring, socially prescient psychological thriller

When it was released two decades ago, it hardly made a splash but find out what makes the film stand out among its more famous contemporaries, including Hideo Nakata’s Ring and Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

When it was released two decades ago, it hardly made a splash but find out what makes the film stand out among its more famous contemporaries, including Hideo Nakata’s Ring and Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke

Flashback: Cure (1997) – Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s daring, socially prescient psychological thriller
Flashback: My Neighbors the Yamadas – unusual Ghibli animation captures the little pleasures in life

Although it wasn’t as big a success as other Ghibli outings, Yamadas is a gently comic work with plenty of nostalgic appeal

11 Mar 2017 - 11:29PM

Although it wasn’t as big a success as other Ghibli outings, Yamadas is a gently comic work with plenty of nostalgic appeal

Flashback: My Neighbors the Yamadas – unusual Ghibli animation captures the little pleasures in life
Flashback: The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums – Kenji Mizoguchi’s pre-war masterpiece

Mizoguchi’s themes may have fallen out of fashion in recent decades but Last Chrysanthemums offers a perfect opportunity to acquaint yourself with a master of haunting, elegiac cinema

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

Mizoguchi’s themes may have fallen out of fashion in recent decades but Last Chrysanthemums offers a perfect opportunity to acquaint yourself with a master of haunting, elegiac cinema

Flashback: The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums – Kenji Mizoguchi’s pre-war masterpiece
Flashback: Wild Berries – Miwa Nishikawa’s dark family comedy

Nishikawa’s films are filled with frauds, fakes and phoneys, starting with this, her debut, screening as part of the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival, in which the secrets and lies of the Akechi family unravel

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

Nishikawa’s films are filled with frauds, fakes and phoneys, starting with this, her debut, screening as part of the Hong Kong Asian Film Festival, in which the secrets and lies of the Akechi family unravel

Flashback: Wild Berries – Miwa Nishikawa’s dark family comedy
Flashback: Double Suicide – eerie precursor to J-horror genre

Masahiro Shinoda’s fim is a faithful adaptation of an 18th-century piece of puppet theatre – and also a stark and discomfiting work of nouvelle vague genius

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

Masahiro Shinoda’s fim is a faithful adaptation of an 18th-century piece of puppet theatre – and also a stark and discomfiting work of nouvelle vague genius

Flashback: Double Suicide – eerie precursor to J-horror genre
Art house: No Regrets for Our Youth – Hara Setsuko stars in Akira Kurosawa’s post-war drama
Art House: wartime animation Grave of the Fireflies is a depressing masterpiece

Isao Takahata's Grave of the Fireflies (1988) has been named one of the best animated films of all time; it also has been listed by Empire film magazine as one of the most depressing movies ever. In other words, it's a must-see film that will leave you in a puddle of tears — a reputation that has stopped many people from watching it.

8 Oct 2014 - 10:37PM

Isao Takahata's Grave of the Fireflies (1988) has been named one of the best animated films of all time; it also has been listed by Empire film magazine as one of the most depressing movies ever. In other words, it's a must-see film that will leave you in a puddle of tears — a reputation that has stopped many people from watching it.

Art House: wartime animation Grave of the Fireflies is a depressing masterpiece
Japanese movies have a legacy of terrifyingly vengeful female ghosts

When it comes to nursing a grudge, female spirits have the killing edge, as the Ju-on films have proved time and again, writes Mark Schilling.

4 Oct 2014 - 11:16PM

When it comes to nursing a grudge, female spirits have the killing edge, as the Ju-on films have proved time and again, writes Mark Schilling.

Japanese movies have a legacy of terrifyingly vengeful female ghosts
Seismic shifts ahead in Japan's anime industry

When Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement from feature filmmaking in September last year, it was hardly unexpected: the septuagenarian co-founder and resident genius of Studio Ghibli had been retiring and returning for years.

14 Sep 2014 - 12:27PM

When Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement from feature filmmaking in September last year, it was hardly unexpected: the septuagenarian co-founder and resident genius of Studio Ghibli had been retiring and returning for years.

Seismic shifts ahead in Japan's anime industry
Hideki Takeuchi's comedy Thermae Romae II is aimed at international viewers

Hideki Takeuchi's comedy Thermae Romae was such a hit with foreign audiences, he made a sequel with them in mind.

11 Jun 2014 - 11:30PM

Hideki Takeuchi's comedy Thermae Romae was such a hit with foreign audiences, he made a sequel with them in mind.

Hideki Takeuchi's comedy Thermae Romae II is aimed at international viewers
Flights of fancy - box office smash The Eternal Zero reopens old wounds in Japan with its take on wartime kamikaze pilots
Postcard: Tokyo
13 Apr 2014 - 3:57PM
Postcard: Tokyo
Postcard: Tokyo
6 Jan 2014 - 5:25PM
Postcard: Tokyo
Postcard from Mark Schilling in Tokyo
Postcard: Tokyo
6 Jan 2013 - 3:58PM
Postcard: Tokyo
Postcard: Tokyo

Since then Miike has continued to be a commercial hitmaker in Japan, and a festival favourite and critical darling abroad.

31 Mar 2013 - 3:46PM

Since then Miike has continued to be a commercial hitmaker in Japan, and a festival favourite and critical darling abroad.

Postcard: Tokyo
Film postcard: Tokyo

While a cinematic giant in his own country, where his films were commercial and critical successes, Keisuke Kinoshita (1912-1998) didn't receive the same recognition abroad as contemporary Akira Kurosawa or Shochiku studio senior Yasujiro Ozu.

7 Apr 2013 - 3:38PM

While a cinematic giant in his own country, where his films were commercial and critical successes, Keisuke Kinoshita (1912-1998) didn't receive the same recognition abroad as contemporary Akira Kurosawa or Shochiku studio senior Yasujiro Ozu.

Film postcard: Tokyo
Japanese earthquake and tsunami films

Japanese filmmakers reacted quickly to the disaster - but their angle of approach often differed from that of the local mass media, which tended to follow the government line, while taking care never to show the bodies of victims.

11 Jun 2015 - 3:58PM

Japanese filmmakers reacted quickly to the disaster - but their angle of approach often differed from that of the local mass media, which tended to follow the government line, while taking care never to show the bodies of victims.

Japanese earthquake and tsunami films
Film, Postcard: Tokyo
18 Aug 2013 - 4:39PM
Film, Postcard: Tokyo
Postcard: Tokyo

Ask Japanese film critics and scholars for the names of their country's most important directors of the 1990s and their lists will probably start with Takeshi Kitano, Takashi Miike and Kiyoshi Kurosawa

16 Jun 2013 - 3:37PM

Ask Japanese film critics and scholars for the names of their country's most important directors of the 1990s and their lists will probably start with Takeshi Kitano, Takashi Miike and Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Postcard: Tokyo
Postcard: Tokyo

Nagisa Oshima (1932-2013) began his career in the 1950s at Shochiku studio as a sort of Japanese Orson Welles - a wunderkind shaking up a hidebound film industry. And like Welles, whose Citizen Kane (1941) eviscerated the biggest media mogul of its day, Oshima enjoyed tweaking the noses of the powerful, beginning with his studio boss, Shiro Kido.

11 Aug 2013 - 5:32PM

Nagisa Oshima (1932-2013) began his career in the 1950s at Shochiku studio as a sort of Japanese Orson Welles - a wunderkind shaking up a hidebound film industry. And like Welles, whose Citizen Kane (1941) eviscerated the biggest media mogul of its day, Oshima enjoyed tweaking the noses of the powerful, beginning with his studio boss, Shiro Kido.

Postcard: Tokyo
Postcard: Tokyo
8 Oct 2013 - 5:01PM
Postcard: Tokyo