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....
8th Man is considered Japan's earliest cyborg superhero and this anime is said to be the inspiration for Robocop
The swinging pop and psychedelic sounds of 60s Japan!
the queen of dots!
Groovy 1967 advertising film made for Honda in 1967
Stunning dance piece by the inventor of the dance form known as Butoh
Delicate story about post-war Japan's social evils, and the burdens of war
performed by Eriko Daimo, Johan Bridger, and Patrick Raab
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.
Explores the relationship between the director and his screenwriter friend
Extremely arty trailers for the avant-garde director
A day in the life of Ako, a 16 year old Japanese girl, and her friends and co-workers.
Biography of anarchist revolutionary Sakae Osugi, as observed by 2 students in 1969
It's not just a city... It's a state of mind! Three trippy shorts by Rintaro, Yoshiaki Kawajiri & Katsuhiro Otomo.
get to know Hikashu, Guernica, The Plastics, P-Model and Jun Togawa
Experimentalpsychedelic uber-ladies live at Rock'n'Roll, Nagoya, 2009. 50 minutes, 3 songs, 1 camera.
When too perfect lieber Gott böse. With Allen Ginsberg, Laurie Anderson, Joseph Beuys, John Cage, The Living Theatre and more.
doc on one of the oldest samurai-schools in japan ... interviews with the teacher, sword-making, training etc.
Beach House, Dust, Doldrums, Bowerbirds, Starlight Serenaders
collection of videos exploring the many uses of the Green Scree (part 2)
One of the most famous Kurosawa films, one that continues to inspire filmmakers world wide.
The first episode of the classic Japanese anime from 1965
Alex Cox presents a fantastic look at one of the greatest directors who ever lived, Akira Kurosawa
Winner of the Palme d'Or in 1997, this gripping film begins violently and ends so sweetly
A look at the amazing evolution of the Japanese band Boredoms.
From serious business to campy classics, a look at the long-spanning film career of Kinji Fukasaku--in trailer form.
Extremely talented, extremely likable, and always quotable Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, in (mostly) her own words.
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).
Toshio Matsumoto's loose retelling of Oedipus Rex is said to have influenced Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange" heavily.