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The fusion of all the elements which make up the individual style of Kurosawa perhaps most convincingly occurs in Seven Samurai. Though its story is laid in the past, the picture is concerned with the present. It...
- Posted 894 days ago
Tokyo Drifter – Heroic Bloodshed: John Woo in Hong Kong
Hong Kong authorship, like everything else about this cinema, can outsize the norm: flamboyantly eclectic, aggressively distinctive. Woo is the ultimate Hong Kong auteur, fully aware of his directorial personality, adapting his themes and techniques to the...
- Posted 900 days ago
Tokyo Drifter – Dredging Suzhou River: Artifice and Art
At the very beginning of Lou Ye’s Suzhou River (Sūzhōu Hé) the unnamed and unseen narrator and protagonist whom works as a freelance cameraman tells the viewer that he is fine filming anything just so long as the...
- Posted 908 days ago
Everything is Transitory but the Family Remains: Yasujirō Ozu’s The End of Summer – Tokyo Drifter
It’s quite obvious, from its buoyant, almost romantic-comic, opening to its funereal ending, that The End of Summer is primarily concerned with the younger Kohayagawas—with what happens when the children take over from their parents, with the pain...
- Posted 915 days ago
Ashes of Time Redux: Wong Kar-wai as a Poet of Memory – Tokyo Drifter
He is also a poet of time. No other director since the (distant) heyday of Alain Resnais has been so attuned to the effects of time on memory, sensation and emotion. Few other directors have...
- Posted 919 days ago
Tokyo Drifter – Love Throughout The Ages: Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s Three Times
“Hou Hsiao-hsien is not only the crowning jewel of contemporary Taiwanese cinema, but an international treasure. His films are, for me, among the most inspiring of the past thirty years, and his grace and subtlety as a...
- Posted 922 days ago
Paris in a Beijing Suburb: The Failure of Capitalism in The World of Jia Zhangke – Tokyo Drifter
The peasants who settled in the cities as proletariat and petty bourgeois learned to read and write for the sake of efficiency, but they did not win the leisure and comfort necessary for the enjoyment of the...
- Posted 935 days ago
Authenticity in Mamoru Oshii’s Avalon – Tokyo Drifter
Before we begin, I would like to say a few brief words on the nature of this column. I believe it is impossible to talk about films without discussing what are considered spoilers, and to quote Jonathan...
- Posted 943 days ago