Film bits and bobs

Kotoko (2011)

First published by EyeforFilm “Hang tough, Japan!” exhorts the man on the television set. It is a subtle acknowledgement that production on Tsukamoto Shinya’s Kotoko took place in the shadow … Continue reading

September 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Snake of June (2002)

Review first published by Movie Gazette Strait-laced Rinko (Kurasawa Asuka) and her cleanliness-obsessed husband Shigehiko (Koutari Yuji) eat at different times, barely communicate, and sleep in separate rooms. One rainy morning in … Continue reading

February 16, 2015 · 3 Comments

Tetsuo II: Body Hammer (1992)

Review first published by EyeforFilm Less a sequel than an alternative reimagining of Tsukamoto Shinya‘s punkishly provocative Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989) – which, after all, ended with the imminent destruction of … Continue reading

February 16, 2015 · 2 Comments

Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1989)

Review first published by EyeforFilm If punk was the stripped-down, DIY expression of countercultural attitudes, and if cyberpunk explored the relation between individual and technology in a dystopian future, then … Continue reading

November 22, 2014 · 4 Comments

Tsukamoto Shinya on THE HORROR SHOW . TV

Japanese me(n)tal-maestro of schizophrenic narratives and urban mindscapes Tsukamoto Shinya has long been one of my favourite directors. Now some of his transgressive oddities are available to be viewed on … Continue reading

July 8, 2014 · 3 Comments

Tokyo Fist (1995)

Third Window Films have just remastered and rereleased this Tsukamoto Shinya classic, a clear precursor to David Fincher’s Fight Club, on Blu-ray; so here is my old review for Movie Gazette … Continue reading

November 25, 2013 · 3 Comments

Once Upon A Time In Japan

Still travelling the UK now (see here for details), the Japan Foundation’s 2013 touring programme (Once Upon A Time In Japan) is focused on recent films that examine contemporary Japan … Continue reading

February 18, 2013 · 2 Comments


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