Articles tagged japanese film

‘The Naked Island’ and the Centrality of Work to Existence

Perhaps the greatest achievement of The Naked Island is its ability to employ the form of images as a means of transcending their objective content.

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The Modernization of Japan, a Corrupt Military, and Lady Snowblood

More than just bloody revenge movies, a number of thematic strands and political critiques run beneath the pulp surface of these two Lady Snowblood films.

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Critereon’s ‘Kwaidan’ Set Provides Four Masterful Tales of the Uncanny

Masaki Kobayashi’s masterpiece, Kwaidan, exists on the boundary between the living and the spirit worlds.

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Yakuza Formula Plus Cool Style Equals ‘Massacre Gun’

The chipmunk-cheeked Joe Shishido leads up this 1967 "borderless action" film from Japan.

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A ‘Sword of Doom’ in a Power Vacuum

As Kihachi Okamoto's film depicts, the end of a lengthy period of power leaves room for nihilistic violence to consume the power vacuum that's left in place.

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1 Jan 1995 // 1:03 AM

Ran (1985/2000)

Kurosawa achieves an almost perfect fusion of storyteller and painter.

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Culture Belongs to the Alien in 'Spirits of Xanadu'

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"The symbols that the artifact in Spirits of Xanadu uses are esoteric -- at least for the average Western gamer. It is Chinese culture reflected back at us through the lens of alien understanding.

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