Tag Archives: Movies

Battle Royale vs. The Hunger Games: On Mortality, Morality, and Dystopian Societies 12.02.15

Battle Royale vs. The Hunger Games With the release of the fourth and final film in The Hunger Games series currently in theaters, the film adaptations of the much loved book trilogy have reached their conclusion. Whether the same can … READ MORE

Why Godzilla is Still Relevant Today 03.27.15

Why Godzilla is Still Relevant Today When Godzilla premiered in Japan in 1954, it opened to largely negative reviews. Critics felt the film was exploitative, playing off the country’s traumatic memories of the devastating nuclear attacks of 1945. Godzilla has … READ MORE

4D Movies at Nagoya Movie Theater 04.13.13

4D Movies at Nagoya Movie Theater I’ve often talked to myself about this. What if you can experience the same smell that the characters are smelling in the movies? And physically feel what they are feeling? That would be one … READ MORE

Another Look at Kurosawa’s “One Wonderful Sunday” 11.16.11

Akira Kurosawa is a cinematic legend, and with good reason. His movies have withstood the test of time, elevating him to one of the more significant names in modern cinema in the history of the medium. The Criterion Cast recently … READ MORE

Screen Junkies’ list of Best Japanese movies of 2010 02.10.11

The movie fans over at Screen Junkies put up their list of the Top 10 Japanese films of 2010. Among the list include a film called Norwegian Wood, a Beatles reference. As their list states, “Norwegian Wood,” originally titled “Noruwei … READ MORE

Check out this list of the 10 Best Japanese Cartoon films 02.03.11

Head over to Screen Junkies to see their Top Ten list of the best Japanese cartoon films ever. As expected, it’s a pretty Hayao Miyazaki-heavy collection, including Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke. Feel free to leave comments … READ MORE

One Piece and Toriko in 3D 11.21.10

For all you One Piece fans out there, get ready for a new film coming out, but this time in awe-inspiring 3D! On  Friday, November 19, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra uploaded a trailer teaser on youtube, a  3D double-billing of … READ MORE

Geisha is Art… 10.18.10

” Geisha is Japanese Girl.Geisha is beautiful. Geisha is wild.” Geisha is a…..robot???!!! From Noboru Iguchi films comes an action-packed cult movie that is quite frankly one of  the strangest, jaw-dropping, most insane films I’ve ever seen. The narration in … READ MORE

“Jaws in Japan”?? Smells like a lawsuit… 08.19.10

Were I more creative with words, I could have crafted some sort of visual joke alluding to the business suits at Universal Pictures circling in the water like…well, like sharks at the thought of some random Japanese movie totally ripping … READ MORE

Hayao Miyazaki wants you to put down that iPad 07.15.10

Japan Probe tipped me off to an article about Hayao Miazaki, the legendary animator/filmmaker responsible for such classics as Ponyo, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, and Kiki’s Delivery Service. Excerpts from an interview with IT Media, translated by the cool … READ MORE

Akira Kurosawa DVD box set out this week 12.11.09

As mentioned previously on this blog, the expansive DVD box set of legendary Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa‘s movies was released this week. The Los Angeles Times published an article about the release, saying, To mark the centenary of Kurosawa’s … READ MORE

More Astro Boy cast interviews, no Kristen Bell though 10.22.09

SuperHeroHype recently sat down with Astro Boy stars Eugene Levy, Freddie Highmore, Bill Nighy and director David Bowers, for more pre-release promotional hype-creating interviews. They don’t really say anything shocking or surprising, but it’s still a cool little montage of … READ MORE

Want a free T-shirt? Get an Astro Boy haircut! 10.20.09

This is a strange promotion…..apparently a theater in Dallas, Texas held a screening of Astro Boy. After the film, any kids who got their hair cut to resemble Astro Boy’s look received a free T-shirt. I guess this is an … READ MORE