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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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Art Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Utagawa Kuniyoshi, “Battlefield Carnage,” c. 1840s

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“A Bloody Spear on Mount Fuji”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Tomu Uchida is one of those great Japanese filmmakers who remains virtually unknown in the West. This 1955 work of his is a road movie; it deals with the transient relationships forged among a group of … Continue reading

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