Friday, October 3, 2014
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
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
What are these shelled films?
Gamera: The Giant Monster
Saturday, July 5, 2014
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
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
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
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.
Friday, May 2, 2014
Miike Takashi developed a reputation for shocking and at time violent movies. However the man's skills go far beyond that and one great example is The Great Yokai War a great kid's film about a ten year old who ends up going on a great adventure.
Sunday, April 27, 2014
These are two Tange Sazen films released on DVD as Sazen and The Secret of the Urn. The first of these two is out of print in Japan and has yet to be released in the U.S. The second is still available on DVD in the U.S.
Both films are highly enjoyable and are different enough from each other to be both worth watching as well as buying.
Friday, April 25, 2014
The first is Kurosawa Akira's classic lone swordsman film Sanjuro with Mifune Toshiro in the title role. The second is the 2007 remake of the same film, Tsubaki Sanjuro, with Oda Yuji playing the title role. The remake is very much a scene for scene redoing of the film, it uses the same script by Kikushima Ryuzo, Oguni Hideo, and Kurosawa Akira. This fidelity to the original film works rather well.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
These are for the Mardock Scramble novels, released in English as one large volume, and the three animated features of the same name.
An interesting read and viewing, plus Hayashibara Megumi does a great playing the main role in the anime. I hope folks will find these interesting.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Saturday, March 15, 2014
The original and translation are available at:
I've downloaded it an put it on my iPad for commute reading.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths
Showa 1926-1939: A History of Japan
It is good to finally be getting works in English by this modern giant of the manga world.
Monday, February 24, 2014
Last night I saw The Wind Rises in San Francisco, the Sundance Kabuki has it in three theaters. Two for the subtitled version and one for the English re-dub.
Some of the more unusual planes we saw in the movie were real.
Monday, February 10, 2014
I have created a section on my recommended anime page devoted to various Lupin III anime.
Titles I recommend in the section include:
Lupin the 3rd: First TV Series [1971-1972]
Lupin the 3rd: The Mystery of Mamo 
Lupin the III: The Castle of Cagliostro 
Lupin the 3rd: The Fuma Conspiracy 
Lupin the 3rd: Crisis in Tokyo 
Lupin The 3rd Episode 0: The First Contact 
Lupin the 3rd: Green vs Red 
Lupin the Third: Woman Called Fujiko Mine 
Thursday, January 23, 2014
I have added the 2011 movie Wild 7 to my Recommended Japanese Live Action Cinema page.
This is a fun action film and very inexpensive from Japan, under $17.00 for the Blu-ray and under $11.00 for the DVD.
If you are a fan of the original manga, the anime, or totally new to the title consider this one as a fun action movie to add to your collection.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
I have just added three releases of Studio Ghibli anime that are not available in the U.S. to my Recommended Anime list.
Ghibli ga Ippai Special Short Short
- a collection of shorts by the studio and a subsidiary.
Ocean Waves (Umi ga Kikoeru, a.k.a. I Can Hear the Sea)
- a wonderful slow paced film that is one of my favorites.
Only Yesterday (Omohide Poro Poro)
- The Disney corporation acquired this title back in the mid 1990s and still has no plans for a U.S. release.
Only Yesterday is the only one out on both Blu-ray and DVD. Given how more of the Ghibli works are coming out on Blu-ray it may only be a mater of time before they are all on tha format.
Soon I plan to add more of the Ghibli documentaries to the recommended lists. For a list of Studio Ghibli titles I have on the recommended list check the listing on the Creators - Those Behind the Works I Recommend page.
Sunday, January 5, 2014
I am adding several new additions to my list.
The first part are all directed by Fukasaku Kinji, one of my favorite directors.
Then a famous series staring Katsu Shintaro
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
I have added some new titles to my recommended lists. In this case anime, manga and live action.
All of them take place in a school setting, either High school or college.
From Up On Poppy Hill (anime feature)
The Way to Fight (Live action movie)
All of these are excellent works with The Way to Fight having been a very pleasant surprise.