In the Realm of the Senses:Some Notes on Oshima and Pornography
IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES: TWO WOMEN
Tokyo Journal: Remembering Toshiro Mifune
One of the preeminent voices on Japanese cinema talks about how the iconic actor was always trying to do the right thing.
An Autumn Afternoon: Ozu’s Diaries
Samurai Rebellion: Kobayashi's Rebellion
When Samurai Rebellion premiered, on May 27, 1967, the original Japanese title was Joiuchi—hairyo tsuma shimatsu, which means something like Rebellion—Receive the Wife.
Stories of Floating Weeds
“Floating weeds, drifting down the leisurely river of our lives,” has long been a favored metaphor in Japanese prose and poetry. This plant, the ukigusa (duckweed in English), floating aimlessly, carried by stronger currents, is seen as emblemati…
“Sometimes I think of my death,” Kurosawa has written: “I think of ceasing to be . . . and it is from these thoughts that Ikiru came.” The story of a man who knows he is going to die, the film is a search for affirmation. The affirmation is f…
Throne of Blood
Director Akira Kurosawa had wanted to make Throne of Blood for some time. “After finishing Rashomon [in 1950] I wanted to do something with Shakespeare’s Macbeth, but just about that time Orson Welles’s version was announced, so I postponed min…
After finishing High and Low (1963), director Akira Kurosawa recalls, “I started looking around for something else to do and quite by accident picked up [the novel] Red Beard by Shugoro Yamamoto. At first I thought it would make a good script for […