This is a test…

(From Hanzo the Razor. Third film, I think...)

Naked Lady Yakuza Fighting

As discussed in a previous blog I find that some of the Japanese action movies from the 60s and 70s offer a fascinating if distasteful viewing experience. A bizarre mixture of martial arts and exploitation, they are able to cover the gamut from the ridiculous to the sublime. I guess I am thinking of films like…

Ginji the Slasher

I recently rewatched a Japanese film, Ginji the Slasher, which is a film I like very much. It made me think about what constitutes a martial arts film, as opposed to a film that belongs to another genre and which just has a bit of martial arts in it. It tells the story of Ginji,…

Nature in samurai Films

Recently I came across a book on Samurai films in my local library. Entitled ‘Stray Dogs and Lone Wolves: The Samurai Film Handbook’ and written by Patrick Galloway, it seems to be pitched at newcomers to the genre. I wonder if any of my online friends (some of whom boast considerable knowledge and deep appreciation…

Shintaro the Samurai and happy little vegemites

This Australian documentary, Shintaro: The Samurai Sensation that swept a nation, examines the cultural phomenon of a Japanese TV series that became a smash hit in Australia. The DVD’s dust cover says it all: “In 1964, an extraordinary cross-cultural TV sensation swept through the suburban lounge rooms of Australia. Every afternoon after school The Samurai…

Tribute to Japan Part 2

POSTED LAST WEEK: Since learning of Japan’s recent troubles I find myself thinking repeatedly of this piece of music. I am posting this blog as my tribute to the Japanese. If you want to listen to this music I issue this challenge to you. Click on the link below and then IMMEDIATELY shut your eyes.…

Tribute to Japan

Like most onlookers I am heartbroken about what is happening in Japan right now. There is personal resonance for me because I lived in Japan from 1999-2001 and have always had a huge affection for this country and its people. Since learning of Japan’s recent troubles I find myself thinking repeatedly of this piece of…