Kamikaze Taxi (1995)

Kamikaze Taxi suggests either a wild, violent bloodfest or a crazy comedy, but though there will eventually be a lot of death, it doesn't quite fit either of those genres. In the way of Japanese story-telling, we do not even meet the taxi or its driver until fifty minutes into an almost three hour movie … Continue reading Kamikaze Taxi (1995)

Love Bites Back / Woman Who Bites / Kamu onna (1988)

The Woman Who Bites takes us behind the scenes of Japan's new Adult Video industry that was essentially destroying the theatrical pinku film business while it simultaneously provides a complex plot and a sympathetic portrait of a marriage gone sour. Yuichi (Toshiyushi Nagashima) used to be an acclaimed screenwriter and director who now runs a … Continue reading Love Bites Back / Woman Who Bites / Kamu onna (1988)

The Bride Talks in Her Sleep / Hanayome no negoto (1933)

Like The Neighbor's Wife and Mine, Gosho's Bride Talks in Her Sleep is designed to show off the new sound technology that Shochiku was slowly introducing as their studio standard. It is also a light-hearted look at student and salaryman life in the early thirties, very much the same feel as Ozu's silent student comedies … Continue reading The Bride Talks in Her Sleep / Hanayome no negoto (1933)

Rape and Death of a Housewife / Fatal Case of Assault / Hitozuma shudan boko chishi jiken (1978)

Film-makers at Nikkatsu during the roman porno era often commented that Nikkatsu actually offered them more freedom than other studios – as long as there were 4-5 bare bosoms or sex scenes per hour, the studio bosses didn't much care what the movies were actually about. This doesn't necessarily mean that many great, subversive, or … Continue reading Rape and Death of a Housewife / Fatal Case of Assault / Hitozuma shudan boko chishi jiken (1978)

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)