Friday, October 3, 2014

2015 Ghibli Calendars out

Each year  I buy the Studio Ghibli Art Frame Calendar. This is a large wall calendar with more images than there are months, the 2014 calendar had 20 images. The images are separate prints that you mount in a frame. The calendar is designed so you tear off each months as it passes. What I do is fold the month up on top of the frame and place the picture in front of it. At first you need to put something behind the pictures to hold them in place. After 6 or 7 months they stay in place on their own due to the number of months that have passed.

Where to get these calendars?

Well you could order them through Amazon or the US Kinokuniya stores but that will cost you about $50.00. A cheaper rate is to order from CD Japan for roughly $28.00. Order now and you will have it in time for the new year. Order extras and you have Christmas gifts.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Directed by Anno, Produced by Ghibli

I have added a new live action movie to my recommended title lists.

This one is Shiki-Jitsu  the second live action movie directed by Anno Hideaki, who is better known for his animated work, and produced by Studio Kajino, a branch of Studio Ghibli.

I was very impressed with this work which won an award for Best Artistic Contribution at the 13th International Film Festival in Tokyo.

Shiki-Jitsu, which came out in 2000, has yet to receive a DVD release in the U.S. but the Japanese region 2 DVD has English subtitles. I link to the CD Japan page for the movie in the web page entry.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Turtles No Ninjas

I have added two titles to my recommended title list for live action movies. While they are Japanese films they have no ninjas, but they do have turtles.

What are these shelled films?

They are:

Gamera: The Giant Monster

and

Bushido Man

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Sleepy Edits of Life

I have just added a 12 films series to my recommended live action movie list.

This is the famous Sleepy Eyes of Death series staring kabuki actor Ichikawa Raizō as Nemuri Kyoshiro. While there were many films series made regarding Nemuri Kyoshiro the films with Ichikawa Raizō are among the most famous.

I have also done a major edit to the recommended pages. When an individual is credited with two or more titles in the Creators - Those Behind the Works I Recommend page I will have links from those titles back to that person's entry. This is handy as some creators work in more than one medium and it is a good way to track down some works involving the same person.

Monday, June 30, 2014

The Bad Sleep Well

The latest title I have added to my recommended live action movie list is The Bad Sleep Well , one of Kurosawa's most powerful films.

I have a special liking of his films set in contemporary Japan as they have an edge of social commentary that enhances the story.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Fools on the road

Many of you are familiar with Jippensha Ikku's comedic classic Tōkaidōchū Hizakurige known in the West as Shank's Mare. If not you are in for a treat if you decide to read the book.

My latest addition to my recommended title lists is a movie adaptation of, or more accurately a movie inspired by the story of two travelers on the road in Edo Period Japan. In this case there are three travelers, and that just adds to the humor.

This is Yajikita Dochu Teresuko - Hana no Oedo Ban. The main reason I bought this movie is that Yaji is played by Nakamura Kanzaburō, one of my favorite actors. This particular movie has yet to get a U.S. release but the Japanese DVD has excellent subtitles.

This funny and gentle film is a worthy addition to any serious collection of Japanese cinema.


Saturday, May 3, 2014

Kabuki Revenge

Again I post a recommended live action film in my recommended title lists.

This time one that hits several buttons for me:

1. Set in the Edo Period.

2. Involves kabuki.

3. Directed by Ichikawa Kon

The film is his 1963 classic Revenge of a Kabuki Actor. This one I especially recommend as one of his best films.