INTERVIEW WITH SHINJI IMAOKA
"Pink films are not a stepping stone to mainstream films. I just think about the project in front of me. I try not to divide things into pink or non-pink. I don’t go through pink movies to get to mainstream. The two are parallel for me"
China in Wartime Japan
In grappling with the entirety of China, Japanese cinema began to reflect an ambivalence towards the land it now occupied and the people it ruled over, an unease that would continue to grow in tandem with the deepening of its understanding of the continent (...)
Interview with Masahiro Kobayashi
“My style is completely different from other directors. Not so much in the process of making films but in my cutting technique and my choice of subjects. And using my own money. It’s unimaginable to me to think that wanting to have (...)”
Interview with Nobuhiko Obayashi
A popular figure in the world of Japanese cinema and television, Nobuhiko Obayashi’s career spans more than 50 years. While mainly known for the unique horror film House, Obayashi’s filmmaking journey has been just as unusual (...)
Koji Wakamatsu - The Rebelious Auteur
Starting with his politicization of the sexual act and developing over the years to an artistic maturity that gave voice to a number of creative, personal and political ideas that were very much his own, even when collaborating with other artists.
Interview with Go Shibata
"I’ve often been told that my films are quite different from myself. I’m not the type of person that gets too serious. I yearn to explore the darker side of things. It’s not in me. I want to get closer. So, to experiment with this, testing my courage (...)"
Belladonna Of sadness
The content of Belladonna's story was radically different from any other animated feature up to that point, Japanese or otherwise, but its method of storytelling was just as radical. The film was designed by illustrator Kuni Fukai, whose drawings may appear to be more Western than Japanese.
The Remarkable World of Art Theater Guild Posters
Thirty years of conceptual design and graphism which pushed beyond simple advertisement to being a true work of art. Featuring renowned artists such as Yoko Tadanori and Kiyoshi Awazu.
Interview with Koji Wakamatsu
“It really is a great pity that my movies from the sixties have been the most noticed ones. I have also made plenty of interesting ones since then. However, I can’t say which are the most representative of my style"
Cycling Chronicles, Semiotics and the Landscape Theory
Wakamatsu has used the skeletal elements of a mainstream film to create a politically charged experimental 'landscape' work which is accessible to a wider audience than would normally (...)
Interview with Henrikku Morisaki
A faithful collaborator of Shuji Terayama, Henrikku Morisaki is a behind-the-stage artist profoundly involved in a number of Terayama's theater and cinema projects. Having worked as an assistant director, production designer (...)
Shuji Terayama & his Tenjo Sajiki in France
In the early seventies, Shuji Terayama & his Tenjo Sajiki troupe used to tour in Europe to perform their plays & performances in several theatre festivals. We have found rare photographies of his french experience in May 1971.
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