Category Archives: movies

The View From the Tatami

{This originally appeared as an article in the July, 2011 issue of Kansai Scene} Yasujiro Ozu (1903-1963) is famous among film students as the traditionalist director who broke all the rules. He would happily move props around from shot to … Continue reading

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The Quiet Genius of Kon Ichikawa

{This originally appeared as an article in the June, 2011 issue of Kansai Scene} Kon Ichikawa (1915-2008) was born in Mie and studied in Osaka. He began his career as an animator and perhaps because of this, his directing style … Continue reading

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Juzo and the Women

Juzo Itami (1933-1997) came to directing relatively late in life. Before he turned 50, he was known in Japan primarily as a TV and movie actor (although his father had been a noted director of samurai movies before the War). … Continue reading

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All is Forgiven, Mr Yunioshi…?

Monday evening, I did something I rarely do – I turned on the TV. As much as I used to watch Japanese television when I first arrived here, I eventually found that the more I understood, the less I enjoyed … Continue reading

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The Goodfellas of Kurashiki (revisited)

Tsutaya, the Japanese movie-rental behemoth, was having a half-price “campaign” (sic) on old movies this weekend, so I toddled down to the local shop near Nagai Station and rented Goodfellas, a movie I hadn’t seen since its theatrical release in … Continue reading

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“And the loser isn’t…”

Monday evening found me on the train, glancing over the shoulder of the guy sitting next to me, in an effort to decipher his newspaper – to find out who’d won the Academy Awards. I was at work all day, … Continue reading

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Failing to be Swedish

The tiny old woman in the very bright hat turned around and looked at me. It was Wednesday night and we had just finished watching a Swedish documentary in a little art house cinema in Nakazaki-cho, north-east of Umeda (it … Continue reading

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