Tag Archives: Japan

Notes on “Snow Trail”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: This 1947 suspense melodrama was written by the young Akira Kurosawa, and it stars two of Kurosawa’s screen alter egos, Takashi Shimura and Toshiro Mifune. They’re playing bank robbers (Japan has bank robbers?) on the run … Continue reading

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Naked Lady of the Week: Hitomi Tanaka

Blowhard, Esq. writes: If Russ Meyer ever did a live-action remake of “Sailor Moon,” I’m pretty sure that Hitomi Tanaka would be at the top of his casting list. Tanaka’s improbable proportions and demure manner have made her the queen of … Continue reading

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Three Movie Posters for “Harakiri”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Japanese: Italian: Cuban:

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Naked Lady of the Week: Yulia Nova

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Like Fabrizio last week, I reached back into the Naked Lady vault for today’s selection, Russian model Yulia Nova. Although some sites say she’s still active, she seems to have had her heydey in the early 00s modeling … Continue reading

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The Culture That Is Japan

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Daiso Japan is a Japanese-based retailer that specializes in cutesy cheap crap — curios, stationary, toys, kitchen supplies, cosmetics, toiletries, seasonal goods, etc. It’s an Asian Dollar Tree, with few exceptions, everything in the store is $1.50. The company … Continue reading

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Notes on “Vendetta of a Samurai”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Kazuo Mori’s semi-satirical action flick pops the bubble of valor surrounding the samurai genre. Toshiro Mifune and Takashi Shimura – they’d later be featured in “The Seven Samurai” – play best friends who find themselves on opposite … Continue reading

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Notes on “Every-Night Dreams”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: There’s an almost cubist visual sensibility at work in this 1933 silent from director Mikio Naruse. Scenes are fractured into barrages of angles, the camera sometimes moving in on its subjects in kamikaze fashion. Many of the … Continue reading

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