Company Funeral / Shaso (1989)

Shaso opens with a title card translated as “Newspapers are written with intelligence but are sold by gangsters.” This is immediately followed by salesmen for two competing papers forging subscriptions and fighting with each other. But we soon turn to boardroom machinations as the President Okabe, whose father founded the paper, squeezes out the CEO … Continue reading Company Funeral / Shaso (1989)

All Under the Moon / Where Is the Moon? / Tsuki wa dotchi ni dete iru (1993)

As Japan's prosperity boomed, it became a magnet for Asian immigrants. The most prominent of these were the Koreans, many of whom had come during the war years as slave labor, but who had since been joined by economic immigrants from both North and South. To these have been added in this movie Filipinos, Chinese, … Continue reading All Under the Moon / Where Is the Moon? / Tsuki wa dotchi ni dete iru (1993)

World of Geisha / A Man and a Woman Behind the Fusuma Screen / Yojohan fusuma no urabari (1973)

Tatsumi Kumashiro was one of the most critically respected specialists in pinku films, primarily because of his propensity for experimental techniques and ostensibly liberal politics. World of Geisha illustrates those propensities in what was (and remains) one of the most highly regarded films in the genre, along with his later Woman with Red Hair. Dealing … Continue reading World of Geisha / A Man and a Woman Behind the Fusuma Screen / Yojohan fusuma no urabari (1973)