“A great narrative (…) [that] reveals Takuya Fukushima’s talent to craft refreshing narratives and to compose beautiful imagery.”
Love is a universal and timeless thing. Murasaki Shikibu’s Tale of Genji, Chikamatsu Monzaemon’s The love Suicide at Sonezaki, Natsume Soseki’s Botchan, …, all those narratives concern love. Throughout the ages, writers and poets have incessantly written about love. And with the dawn of cinema, this preoccupation unsurprisingly found its way to the silver screen as well.
Yesterday, we had the chance to meet Eiji Uchida, the director of Greatful Dead (2013), Lowlife Love (2015), and Love and Other Cults (2017) at the Belgian premiere of the latter narrative. After the screening, a small Q&A was held and, later that night, we even had the chance to have a more personal chat with this wonderful director. What follows is not interview in the true sense – an interview might come later based on this meeting, but an impression of our meeting.
“Sion Sono’s poetry questions enjoyment and its function within contemporary Japanese society with ultra-violent precision. This is, in other words, Sion Sono at its finest.”
With Tokyo Vampire Hotel, Sion Sono finally found his chance to turn his childhood fascination, which started when he watched the 1958 cult classic Dracula starring Christopher Lee as a child – into a cinematographical product (General-note 1).
Our next guest for Talks with directors is Kenji Yamauchi, director of Being Mitsuko (2011), her father my lover (2015) and, of course, At the Terrace (2016). We’re grateful that Kenji Yamauchi took the time to sit down with us to discuss various aspects of his work. He talks about how he got interested in cinema, his inspirations, the differences between theater and cinema and his future project.
In celebration of Noise winning first place at psycho-cinematography’s top 10 Japanese movies of 2017, we also sat down with Matsumoto Yusaku (松本優作) to talk about his first full-length feature, the process of creating his debut narrative, his past and ofcourse his future. With his short but to the point answers he gives us valuable insights, while creating new questions for us along the way.
With Journey of the Tortoise receiving a glaring review on this blog, we were very interested to sit down and have a chat with Tadashi Nagayama about his past, his present and his future. With short and to the point answers, Nagayama provides an interesting insight in his work and the influence of having become a father.
“[The narratives do] underline Katsumi Sasaki’s potential to become one of the best directors of the genre.”
Splatter, gore, horror, … . It wouldn’t be surprising if the next signifier one associates with these three words would be Japan. Japan has crafted some of the most crazy splatter and gore narratives to date.