In this Corner of the World

Away from Hollywood’s stifling commercial limits, Fumiyo Kouno’s manga about a young bride in wartime Japan has no illusions regarding the human price of war. Young Suzu takes in a new family, endures ...

Criterion Reflections – Profound Desires of the Gods (1968) – Hulu

David’s Quick Take for the tl;dr Media Consumer: Profound Desire(s) of the Gods is a sprawling, disturbing, ambitiously weird would-be epic about a clash of societies within the territorial ...

Takashi Miike Discusses His Filmmaking Desires and the Masculinity of ‘Yakuza Apocalypse’

Being provided with the opportunity to talk to Takashi Miike, on the occasion of his latest film — the “crazy”-if-somewhat-languid vampire gangster blow-out Yakuza Apocalypse — is a tricky ...

Award-Winning Japanese Director Dies At 61

Tokyo — Director Yoshimitsu Morita, whose films depicted the absurdity and vulnerability of everyday life in conformist Japan, has died. He was 61. Morita, who won international acclaim over his ...

Black Rain d: Shohei Imamura

Kuroi ame / Black Rain (1989) Direction: Shohei Imamura Screenplay: Shohei Imamura and Toshirô Ishidô; from Masuji Ibuse’s novel Cast: Yoshiko Tanaka, Kazuo Kitamura, Etsuko Ichihara, Shoichi Ozawa ...

Japan At War DVD Box Set Looks at World War 2 From a Different Angle

AnimEigo has released a massive DVD box set titled Japan at the War. The set compiles four previously released AnimEigo titles with the intent of providing a Japanese perspective on the Second World ...

Hollywood and Hiroshima: When the White House Censored the First Nuclear Film

Creative artists of every variety have made incisive, satiric or powerful statements about nuclear threat. They have offered cautionary works that depict the horror of the bomb or its meaning in our ...