How Akira Kurosawa's RAN changed my life.
I didn't leave Star Wars. Star Wars left me. And not in the way you might think.
Akira Kurosawa's Ran is currently running on Mubi. See it.
The first of a series of records by Edition Omega Point that explores the undeservedly unheard Japanese avant-garde.
Hitoshi Matsumoto's latest cinematic shaggy-dog story willfully goes up blind alleys, but that's no reason to follow along.
Japan's underground tribal unit didn't record much, but the best of its moments are here in one convenient place.
The cruel cost of the samurai code, across the generations.
A fistful of "lost grooves from the land of the Rising Sun."
Why, as a fan, sometimes it's best not to get just what you want.
One of the best films of 2013 appears to have been made in 1954, and has now been lovingly restored for the ages.
A genre-transcending romance reaches its conclusion and ennobles itself in the process.
Takashi Miike's remake of this austere '60s samurai classic is well-made and watchable, but why remake perfection?
Nagisa Oshima (most notorious for In the Realm of the Senses) has died at the age of 80. I wonder whether or not someone of his cage-rattling importance will be able to step up to the plate in his absence....
Yasutaka Tsutsui's Paprika is now out domestically
Spontaneous creativity is a grail for creators, but what precisely is in that particular cup?
Let's see some live-action anime projects in the West that are shojo stories.
A further tightening of the screws, and maybe the first step in the next direction for this story.
What makes a story that's nominally a romance into something a little deeper and more insightful? The idea that the characters want to be more than overgrown children, for one.
The cost of conformity, explored in a ''Lord of the Flies''-style manga scenario.
It all starts when near-penniless Kiriko makes the trip to Tokyo to enlist the help of lawyer Kinzo Otsuka. Kiriko is a hapless woman trying to scrape together a legal defense for her brother; he stands accused of a murder...
The anti-"Memoirs of a Geisha". Moyoco Anno's manga, source for the film of the same name, is a brassy and sassy tribute to a milieu that often only gets the sleeve-wringing weepie treatment.
"Beat" Takeshi Kitano's novel about religion and hypocrisy is a quiet little masterwork that invites multiple readings and interpretations.
Further adventures in antisocial dating, in this sharp little psych-thriller series.
What seems at first glance like a "Blade of the Immortal" clone is anything but.
First installment in this diabolical manga series about a high schooler's psychological torment at the hands of a female classmate.