Recommended Top 10: Masakazu Kaneko [日本語/Eng]

Introduction/序論 Again, it is time to celebrate! At the Inca Imperial International Film Festival Masakuza Kaneko’s The Albino’s Tree (2016) received the award for Best Photography and, even better, won the award for the Best Feature Film. While you can read in our review what’s so wonderful about this beautiful nuanced narrative, we also asked Masakuza Kaneko…

The Tale Of Princess Kaguya (2013) review

“Just like Kaguya-Hime is a gift from heaven, this movie is a gift from Takahata and Studio Ghibli. All what is left for us to do, is to accept and take this gift, cradled in own palms, to our friends and family and share this phenomenal masterpiece.”

Meeting with directors: Eiji Uchida.

“When shooting in Tokyo, Uchida and his crew once bet on how long it would take for the yakuza to show up: one minute after they started shooting.” Introduction 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…

All Time Best Top 10: Jun Tanaka. (Jp/Eng)

““Movies are not to understand something, but to crumble down what you thought you knew with a rattling noise”. With this movie, you can experience the words of this famous movie-critic.” Introduction To celebrate today’s announcement of Tanaka Jun’s Bamy being part of the Torino 35, the competition section of the Torino film festival, we…

Introduction Next up in our trip through Japanese erotic photography is the female photographer Maki Miyashita (宮下 マキ), who was born in 1975 in Kagoshima, Kyushu. Even though she started studying film at the Kyoto college of Art, her interest shifted to photography while working a part-time job at a film processing lab in Kyoto….

Introduction In our previous article, we introduced Nihonjinron, a pseudo-scientific and political discourse concerned with corroborating the homogeneity and uniqueness of Japanese culture. This time, we shift our interest from this particular political discourse to explain some more theory about discourse, the Other, and culture.

To set the tone of this series of articles straight away: the Japanese culture does not exist. Despite many ‘scientific’ attempts, all under the banner of nihonjinron, to describe and prove the uniqueness of Japanese culture and its people, there is no unique Japanese essence, passed on from time immemorial, that units each and every…

Culture Files: Introduction

Introduction Each person has their own way of travelling. For some nature is important, for others culture is most important. Some organize their trips around regional dishes. And some like a mixture of all those things together to create a balance that satisfy their needs. Nevertheless, the greater part of the people who travel to…