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‘Rashomon’ (1950): Morality from a Certain Point of View

Directed by: Akira Kurosawa || Produced by: Minoru Jingo Screenplay by: Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashmoto || Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Machiko Kyō, Masayuki Mori, Takashi Shimura, Minoru Chiaki Music by: Fumio Hayasaka || Cinematography: Kazuo Miyagawa || Edited by: Akira Kurosawa || Country: Japan || Language: Japanese Running Time: 88 minutes My first introduction to Japanese … Continue reading

‘Alice in Borderland’ (2020, 2022): Dreams of Parallel Tokyo

Created by: Shinsuke Sato, Kaata Sakamoto, Akira Morri  || Written by: Yoshiki Watabe, Yasuko Kuramitsu, Shinsuke Sato Directed by: Shinsuke Sato || Starring: Kento Yamazaki, Tao Tsuchiya, Yūki Morinaga, Keita Machida, Ayame Misaki, Nijirū Murakami, Yutaro Watanabe, Sho Aoyagi, Ayaka Miyoshi, Dori Sakurada, Aya Asahina, Shuntaro Yanagi, Kina Yazaki, Tsuyoshi Abe, Nobuaki Kaneko, Riisa Naka … Continue reading

‘Ringu’ (1998): Watershed J-Horror and Its Many Bastard Children

Directed by: Hideo Nakata || Produced by: Shinya Kawai, Taka Ichise, Takenori Sento Screenplay by: Hideo Nakata || Starring: Nanako Matsushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Rikiya Otaka, Miki Nakatani, Yuko Takeuchi, Hitomi Sato, Yutaka Matsushige Music by: Kenji Kawai || Cinematography: Junichiro Hayashi || Edited by: Nobuyuki Takahashi || Country: Japan || Language: Japanese Running Time: 95 … Continue reading

2021: My Last Try at Oscar-Bait?

One of the earliest attempts by my high-school friends and I at “branching out” from Hollywood blockbusters (Star Wars [1977-]! Jurassic Park [1993-]! The Dark Knight [2008]!) and our childhood favorite genre movies (e.g. Aliens [1979-]! Predator [1987-]!) were the annual Oscar nominations, or Academy Awards given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and … Continue reading

‘Rurouni Kenshin’ (2012, 2014, 2021): Gonzo Samurai Action

Directed by: Keishi Ōtomo || Produced by: Osamu Kubota1, Satoshi Fukushima2-4, Hiroyoshi Koiwai4 Screenplay by: Kyomi Fujii1-2, Keishi Ōtomo1-4 || Starring: Takeru Satoh, Yōsuke Eguchi [1–4], Emi Takei, Munetaka Aoki, Yū Aoi [1–3], Eiji Okuda, Kōji Kikkawa, Teruyuki Kagawa [1], Yūsuke Iseya, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Tao Tsuchiya [2–3], Tatsuya Fujiwara [2], Kasumi Arimura, Issey Takahashi, Nijirō Murakami, … Continue reading

‘Shin Godzilla’ (2016): The Timeless Horror of Natural Disaster

Directed by: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi || Produced by: Minami Ichikawa, Taichi Ueda, Yoshihiro Sato, Masaya Shibusawa, Kazutoshi Wadakura Screenplay by: Hideaki Anno || Starring: Hiroki Hasegawa, Yutaka Takenouchi, Satomi Ishihara Music by: Shiro Sagisu || Cinematography: Kosuke Yamada || Edited by: Atsuki Sato, Hideaki Anno || Country: Japan || Language: Japanese, English Running Time: … Continue reading

A 4-Way Takashi Miike Sampling: ‘Audition’ (1999), ‘Ichi the Killer’ (2001), ’13 Assassins’ (2010), & ‘First Love’ (2019)

Directed by: Takashi Miike || Produced by: Satoshi Fukushima, Akemi Suyama [1], Akiko Funatsu, Dai Miyazaki [2], Michihiko Umezawa, Minami Ichikawa, Tôichirô Shiraishi, Kazuomi Suzaki, Hisashi Usui, Takahiro Ohno, Hirotsugu Yoshida, Shigeji Maeda [3], Muneyuki Kii, Jeremy Thomas, Misako Sako [4] Screenplay by: Daisuke Tengan1, 3, Sakichi Satō [2], Masaru Nakamura [4] || Starring: Ryo … Continue reading

‘Bleach’ (2018): Stylish Genre Twists on Teenage Friendship

Directed by: Shinsuke Sato || Produced by: Kazutoshi Wadakura Screenplay by: Shinsuke Sato, Daisuke Habara || Starring: Sota Fukushi, Hana Sugisaki, Ryo Yoshizawa, Erina Mano, Yu Koyanagi, Taichi Saotome, Takamasa Ishihara, Seiichi Tanabe, Masami Nagasawa, Yosuke Eguchi Music by: Yutaka Yamada || Cinematography: Taro Kawazu || Edited by: Tsuyoshi Imai || Country: Japan || Language: … Continue reading

‘Hiroshima Mon Amour’ (1959): The Most Insufferable Drama Ever

Directed by: Alain Resnais || Produced by: Samy Halfon, Anatole Dauman Screenplay by: Marguerite Duras || Starring: Emmanuele Riva, Eiji Okada, Stella Dassas, Pierre Barbaud Music by: Georges Delerue, Giovanni Fusco || Cinematography: Michio Takahashi, Sacha Vierny || Edited by: Jasmine Chasney, Henri Colpi, Anne Sarraute || Country: France, Japan || Language: French, Japanese, English … Continue reading

‘Silence’ (2016): The Most Drab, Depressing, and Overindulgent Film of Scorsese’s Career

Directed by: Martin Scorsese || Produced by: Barbara De Fina, Randall Emmett, Vittorio Cecchi Gori, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Gaston Pavlovich, Martin Scorsese, Irwin Winkler Screenplay by: Jay Cocks, Martin Scorsese || Starring: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Tadanobu Asano, Ciaran Hinds, Liam Neeson, Issey Ogata, Shinya Tsukamoto, Yoshi Oida, Yosuke Kubozuka Music by: Kim Allen Kluge, … Continue reading