Category Archives: Japan

This is a test…

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

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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 … Continue reading

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The Bridge Duel in Hanzo the Razor – The Snare

I find the Hanzo the Razor films to be fairly objectionable. A grouchy jowly dude with a big dick tortures people and we are expected to find this amusing and horny. I can’t. Women are shown being tortured and raped, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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