Last April, I wrote about my first foray into anime. I had a great time with it, and my successful venture had a of couple unintended side-effects. For one thing, I enjoyed that first series so much that I tried another, then another, then many more (which led to me finally figuring out how to make Netflix play it in Japanese. Hurrah, technological success!). And then, when my choices narrowed down to only shows I didn’t want to watch, I began to read manga instead. Continue reading…
Some interesting thoughts on South Korean cinema with “A Dish Best Served Bloody: Revenge In South Korean Cinema” and this Cannes program piece on Arirang (1926) and the history of Korean film.
“’You don’t have to be Eurocentric to make it to the future,’ said Andrea Hairston, a professor of theater and Afro-American studies at Smith College in Massachusetts, whose side gig happens to be writing award-winning science fiction. ‘We have to figure out how to be different together. [And t]hat is what storytelling is all about, […]
Driven from its village by cruel Ch’ing officials, Kaiju Shakedown has spent years righting wrongs and secretly training in the world of martial arts. Now Kaiju Shakedown returns to us, using an improved No Shadow Fist to write about Asian cinema at Film Comment.
The Gutter’s own Carol invaded The Infernal Brains podcast to discuss space ladies with Todd from Die, Danger, Die, Die, Kill! and Tars Tarkas from TarsTarkas.net.
“Bury Me In A Shallow Grave: When The Yakuza Come Calling,” a free . pdf chapter from Jake Adelstein’s book, Tokyo Vice.
Composer Mamoru Samuragochi has issued a statement through his lawyer admitting that another composer has been writing his work. “Samuragochi is perhaps best know for his work in the video game industry, where he worked on notable titles like Resident Evil and Onimusha. It was while composing the score for the latter, in 1999, that […]
Blacksad artist Juanjo Guarnido is interviewed at Nippon.com. And Nippon.com shares mangaka Mashima Hiro’s thoughts on Blacksad and Juanjo Guarnido’s influence on his own work.
Hiroo Onoda has died. Onoda was the last soldier of the Imperial Japanese Army to surrender, after hiding in the Philippines forest until 1974. Asia News and The New York Times have obituaries.
My grade one teacher hung up a lot of art in our classroom. Some pieces were temporary: the cartoon ghosts at Hallowe’en; the fold-out bells at Christmas; the uneven hearts we made for Valentine’s Day. Others were framed and permanent, like the giant map of mostly Canada (the bits of the US that ran along […]
Andrez Bergen interviews anime director Kenji Kamiyama for Madman.
All the red carpet interviews and post-screening question and answer sessions from this year’s Midnight Madness Programme at the Toronto International Film Festival. And all conducted by friend of The Gutter and Soldier of Cinema, Robert Mitchell! [Update: Link fixed!]
The Midnight Madness Program at the Toronto International Film Festival has been announced. The films being screened are: All Cheerleaders Die; The Station / Der Blutgletscher; The Green Inferno; Oculus (that’s the trailer for the original short); Afflicted; Almost Human; Rigor Mortis; R100; Why Don’t You Play In Hell?; and, Witching & Bitching / Las […]
Director and animator Hayao Miyazaki has announced his retirement. “’In place of feature animation, there are various things I want to try and do,’ he added. One example he gave was exhibits at the Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo. ‘I may even put myself on exhibition,’ he wisecracked. Asked if he would make short films, […]
A 1957 US Army training film intended for American servicemen in Japan.
“With the exception of the late Robert Dunham, to whom major roles in Toho’s Space Monster Dogora and Godzilla vs. Megalon assured significant recognition among genre fans, one of the most familiar – or at the very least persistent – Western faces in Japanese cinema of the 60s and 70s may be that of Andrew Hughes.” Kevin P. […]
At Teleport City, The Gutter’s own Carol writes about the sweetness of Sonny Chiba in Terror Beneath The Sea.
Adrian Curry looks at Takashi Kono’s poster from Yasujiro Ozu’s The Lady And The Beard and includes a gallery of more fine Kono art.
Armor for your cats by Jeff de Boer!
Jess Nevins writes about Sato Minoru’s The Foreign Farm (1931), Japanese science fiction in the late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries and “the White Peril.”
The Hollywood Reporter interviews director Takashi Miike about his new film, Shield of Straw: ” In Japan now, films are very safe. When I was young and went to old cinemas, they had a distinctive feel, an adult smell about them. As you got in your seat and the lights went down, there was a […]keep looking »