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)

W’s Tragedy / Daburyu no higeki (1984)

Shizuko Natsuki's novel Daburyu no higeki, also known as Murder at Mt. Fuji, had been a best-seller, immediately adapted to TV in 1983. For the Kadokawa-produced movie version in 1984, director Shin'ichiro Sawai and former pinku screenwriter Haruhiko Arai moved the mystery itself into the background to build a vehicle for teen idol Hiroko Yakushimaru … Continue reading W’s Tragedy / Daburyu no higeki (1984)

Bumpkin Soup / Excitement of the Do-Re-Mi-Fa Girl / Blood of the Do-Re-Me-Fa Girl Roars / Do-re-mi-fa musume no chi wa sawagu (1985)

The country girl Akiko appears at a university campus in search of Yoshioka, the boy she has determined to marry (apparently because he took her virginity) and wanders into not a world of study but of continuously weird behavior. As she says, it's more like a constant festival or circus than a school. Yoshioka hasn't … Continue reading Bumpkin Soup / Excitement of the Do-Re-Mi-Fa Girl / Blood of the Do-Re-Me-Fa Girl Roars / Do-re-mi-fa musume no chi wa sawagu (1985)

The Sea and Poison / Umi to dokuyaku (1986)

Never one to shy away from uncomfortable topics, Kei Kumai adapted Shusaku Endo's 1957 novel The Sea and Poison into one of the most complex studies on film of medical ethics. The movie (sometimes graphically) describes the use of eight downed American fliers as subjects of experimental surgical techniques at Kyushu University's medical school and … Continue reading The Sea and Poison / Umi to dokuyaku (1986)

Comic Magazine / No More Comics / Komikku zasshi nanka iranai! (1986)

By the eighties, the tabloid world of Scandal or Detective Bureau had shifted to television, where celebrity gossip has become the major subject matter. Kinameri is a “reporter” for his network’s morning show, where he tries to get  stories from people who generally try to avoid him and his camera crew. He is generally thought … Continue reading Comic Magazine / No More Comics / Komikku zasshi nanka iranai! (1986)