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Hausu/ハウス

Hausu, 1977 Nobuhiko Obayashi might not be one of the most readily recognised names outside of Japan; his films have rarely enjoyed international fame past festival screenings, but he’s a man who early on in his career helped to define … Continue reading

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Hana & Alice/花とアリス

Hana to Arisu, 2004 Over the past few years director Shunji Iwai has attained quite a following, amidst several of his short stories and four feature length films (discounting the recent Kon Ichikawa Story). Following on from Love Letter, Swallowtail … Continue reading

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Blind Love/わいせつステージ 何度もつっこんで

Waisetsu steeji nando mo tsukkonde, 2005 It’s a bit of shame that Daisuke Goto hasn’t gone on to greater mainstream success. For the past twenty years he’s been dabbling in and out of the pink film scene; he briefly interrupted … Continue reading

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Ashura/阿修羅城の瞳

Ashura-jo no Hitomi, 2005 Kabuki isn’t something that you simply put up on the big screen; it just isn’t done. It’s a format in which entertainment is derived from specifically nuanced and eccentric performances. Everything in its delivery, from men … Continue reading

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New Tokyo Decadence – The Slave/奴隷

Dorei, 2007 By day Rina Wakayama (Rinako Hirasawa) does what most normal folk do: sit in an office and shuffle papers. By night she lets go of her inhibitions and ‘entertains’ pervy men as a dominatrix, whilst finding time to … Continue reading

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Panda, Go Panda!/パンダ・コパンダ

Panda Kopanda, 1972 After working as a key animator on Toei features such as Prince of the Sun (Taiyō no Ōji Horusu no Daibōken, 1968), Puss ’n Boots (Nagagutsu o Haita Neko, 1969) and Animal Treasure Island (Dōbutsu Takarajima, 1971), as … Continue reading

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Topaz/トパーズ

Topazu, 1992 Taking its title from author Ryu Murakami’s 1988 short story collection entitled ‘Topaz’, which focuses on the observations of young prostitutes working in the S&M trade, Topaz – of which Murakami also directs – explores a cruel and … Continue reading

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