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)

Play It, Boogie-Woogie / Slow na boogie ni shitekure (1981)

A young girl picks up a kitten on a street; a man in a Mustang picks up the girl*; he makes a pass at her, but they can’t agree on a price; he stops suddenly and throws the kitten out the car window off a bridge then throws her out of the car and drives … Continue reading Play It, Boogie-Woogie / Slow na boogie ni shitekure (1981)

Coup d’etat / Martial Law / Kaigenrei (1973)

The coup of 1936 has been the subject of several significant movies. The most straight-forward presentation can be found in Memoirs of Japanese Assassins, with the same coup reflected in the romance of Utage and the teen-age bullies of Fighting Elegy. Yoshida’s Coup d’etat looks at this failed coup through the life of Ikki Kita, … Continue reading Coup d’etat / Martial Law / Kaigenrei (1973)