Japanese Art-House Cinema

The Japanese New Wave filmmakers responded to their situation as post-war, post-humanist, alienated artists by attempting a thematic and technical assault on previous film practice in an attempt to reveal and overthrow the retrograde tendencies of Japanese culture. They sought themes and techniques which would uncover and condemn the materialistic, anti-individualistic, corrupt, hypocritical values becoming more and more firmly entrenched as the ‘60s wore on....

June 11, 2012

8th Man - The Battle of the Brothers

8th Man is considered Japan's earliest cyborg superhero and this anime is said to be the inspiration for Robocop

Live Music Show - Classic Japanese Pop & Psych

The swinging pop and psychedelic sounds of 60s Japan!

Doc - Honda Today (1967)

Groovy 1967 advertising film made for Honda in 1967

Dance - Hosotan Butoh (Tatsumi Hijikata, 1972)

Stunning dance piece by the inventor of the dance form known as Butoh

Movie - Black River (Masaki Kobayashi, 1957)

Delicate story about post-war Japan's social evils, and the burdens of war

June 12, 2012

Rain Tree by Toru Takemitsu

performed by Eriko Daimo, Johan Bridger, and Patrick Raab

Art - Tokyo 1958 (Hiroshi Teshigahara)

Eight filmmakers collaborate with Teshigahara to bring a newsreel-style snapshot of Tokyo in 1957-58, when it had eight and a half million people and was the largest city in the world.

Doc - Teshigahara and Abe

Explores the relationship between the director and his screenwriter friend

Trailer Trash - Hiroshi Teshigahara

Extremely arty trailers for the avant-garde director

Art - White Morning (Teshigahara, 1965)

A day in the life of Ako, a 16 year old Japanese girl, and her friends and co-workers.

June 13, 2012

Movie - Eros Plus Massacre (エロス+虐殺, Yoshida, 1969)

Biography of anarchist revolutionary Sakae Osugi, as observed by 2 students in 1969

Neo Tokyo (Anime Anthology, 1987)

It's not just a city... It's a state of mind! Three trippy shorts by Rintaro, Yoshiaki Kawajiri & Katsuhiro Otomo.

Collection - Experimental J-Pop 1980-85

get to know Hikashu, Guernica, The Plastics, P-Model and Jun Togawa

Live Music Show - Nisennenmondai

Experimentalpsychedelic uber-ladies live at Rock'n'Roll, Nagoya, 2009. 50 minutes, 3 songs, 1 camera.

Art - Nam June Paik & Ryuichi Sakamoto - All Star Video (1984)

When too perfect lieber Gott böse. With Allen Ginsberg, Laurie Anderson, Joseph Beuys, John Cage, The Living Theatre and more.

Way of the Warrior - The Samurai Way

doc on one of the oldest samurai-schools in japan ... interviews with the teacher, sword-making, training etc.

June 14, 2012

120 Megabytes - Episode 35

Beach House, Dust, Doldrums, Bowerbirds, Starlight Serenaders

Collection - Chromatoast 2

collection of videos exploring the many uses of the Green Scree (part 2)

Movie - Rashomon (Kurosawa, 1950)

One of the most famous Kurosawa films, one that continues to inspire filmmakers world wide.

The Wonder 3 (1965) Episode 1

The first episode of the classic Japanese anime from 1965

Doc - Kurosawa, The Last Emperor (Alex Cox, 1999)

Alex Cox presents a fantastic look at one of the greatest directors who ever lived, Akira Kurosawa

June 15, 2012

Movie - The Eel (Imamura, 1997)

Winner of the Palme d'Or in 1997, this gripping film begins violently and ends so sweetly

Live Music Show - BOREDOMS

A look at the amazing evolution of the Japanese band Boredoms.

Trailer Trash - Kinji Fukasaku

From serious business to campy classics, a look at the long-spanning film career of Kinji Fukasaku--in trailer form.

Talk Show - Yayoi Kusama

Extremely talented, extremely likable, and always quotable Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, in (mostly) her own words.

Japanorama - ZokuTribe

Pop culture doc series by Jonathan Ross that offered insight into contemporary Japan. This episode is devoted to zoku (tribes, various different subcultures that are big today).

Movie - Funeral Parade of Roses (Toshio Matsumoto, 1969)

Toshio Matsumoto's loose retelling of Oedipus Rex is said to have influenced Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange" heavily.