Monday, April 20, 2015

Scandals and Blood

I have added two movies to my live action recommended listings.

The Scandalous Adventures Of Buraikan based on a kabuki play by the great Kawatake Mokuami. The movie is not available on video in the U.S. except for streaming on Hulu. However the region 2 DVD does have subtitles. 

Lady Snowblood Based on the Koike manga. This film had a major influence on, and is in heavily referenced in, Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill. Alas the AnimEigo release has gone out of print.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Emma: A Victorian Romance

I have just finished viewing the Emma: A Victorian Romance anime TV series. I have now added it to my recommended anime title listings. This is a title I greatly enjoyed and is an example of the type of storytelling that is possible in animation but rarely done outside of Japan. If you like romance, Victoriana, London or just a good gentle tale this one is worth checking out. The original manga was serialized in Comic Beam, a monthly manga magazine aimed at men but with a solid readership among women.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Right Stuf sale on Stone Bridge Press books

Through March 2 The Right Stuf has a sale on Stone Bridge Press books, including the hardcover print edition of The Anime Encyclopedia 3rd edition, all 1200 pages. Other great titles include 70 Japanese Gestures, The Dorama Encyclopedia, The Gundam novels, several books by Frederik Schodt and many more.

Check out the sale, order over $49.00 and you qualify for free shipping.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Michiko and Hatchin

I have just added the TV series Michiko & Hatchin to my recommended title lists.

Michiko is trouble traveling on the road, Hatchin is a small girl with an abusive foster family. Then one day Michiko breaks in and tells Hatchin to come with her to search for a man from both of their pasts. So begins a tale of adventure, crime, and a growing bond between a woman and a girl set as a life on the run, or is it in pursuit? The location is a rich one set in a landscape reminiscent of Brazil with the contrasts between rich and poor, the criminal and the law abiding. Yamamoto Sayo, the director, is perhaps best known for her directing the TV series Lupin the Third: Woman Called Fujiko Mine.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Garden of Words

I have just added Shinkai Makoto's excellent feature The Garden of Words to my recommended title lists. This is a title I highly recommend to fans of good cinema.

The location where most of the story takes place is based on Shinjuku Park and I was actually able to reconstruct in my head the route taken by the main character from having walked it myself.
The Garden of Words

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.