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East & Southeast Asia: An Annotated Directory of Internet Resources
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Japanese Cinema & Photography
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Cinema (General) Takeshi Kitano Masaki Kobayashi
Akira Kurosawa Toshiro Mifune Takashi Miike
Hayao Miyazaki Kenji Mizoguchi Mikio Naruse
Nagisa Oshima Yasujiro Ozu Seijun Suzuki
Isao Takahata Individual Directors & Films Photography
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Cinema (General)
Administration Commission of Motion Picture Code of Ethics (Eirin) (in Japanese & English) "an independent voluntary self-regulating commission established by the Japanese movie industry," responsible for rating suitability of films for minors: rating system & practice; short history of censorship in Japan; film industry statistics
Asian Film Connections: Japan General introduction; feature films & awarded films since 1998; highlighted films with film stills & video clips; highlighted directors; educational curriculum
Cinemaya Highlighted Articles: Japan Selections from Cinemaya, The Asian Film Quarterly
Early Japanese Cinema Essay by Sato Tadao for the 2nd Pusan International film festival (Screening the Past, Issue 7, July 1999)
Forgotten Fragments: An Introduction to Silent Japanese Cinema Jasper Sharp & Mike Arnold's account with interview of Midori Sawato, leading benshi or silent film narrator
Japan Film's Throne of Blood Growth of "the worldwide audience for the darker, violent Japanese films" such as those directed by Takashi Miike & Kiyoshi Kurosawa (BBC News, Feb. 25, 2004)
Japanese Cinema Articles in Bright Lights Film Journal
Japanese Cinema at Melbourne International Film Festival 2000 Freda Freiberg 's review of 14 features (including a Suzuki Seijun retrospective) in Intersections (Issue 4, Sept., 2000)
Japanese Horror Movies Database Title, personal & keyword indices; news; reference books
Kinema Club Bibliographies & reviews of Japanese films, searchable database, teaching tools
Lisa's Japanese Movie Listing Impressions of various movies by members of the Feudal Japan SIG, supplemented by other sources
Masterpieces of Silent Japanese Cinema Donato Totaro's review of the titled DVD-Rom supervised by historian/critic Sato Tadao (Offscreen , Dec. 2001)
Content-Rich Midnight Eye "The latest & best in Japanese Cinema": reviews; interviews; feature; calendar
Midnight Eye interview: Donald Richie Richie on "his relationship with the director [Ozu], and his broader life in Japan and its colourful arts scene over the past few decades" (Dec. 2003)
Reviews of Japanese Films Aaron Gerow's reviews & articles on recent Japanese films for The Daily Yomiuri
Throw Away Your Books: Japanese Cinema Bill Mousoulis' "tribute to the many glorious Japanese films that have been made over the years" (Senses of Cinema, Issue No. 7, June 2000)
Udine Far East Film Festival 2004 Program Notes: Japan Mark Schilling's Old Styles, New Films: Japanese Films in 2003, Japan's Real Thing: Ichikawa Jun, & interview with Ichikawa Jun & Kameyama Chihiro
Violence, East and West: The Last Samurai Alain Silver's "exploration of the samurai genre and its contemporary reworkings" in Senses of Cinema (Issue No. 30, Jan.-Mar. 2004)
Writing, Film, & Japan: An Expatriate's View - Conversation with Donald Richie Interview with the American expatriate who has written extensively on Japan, particularly its cinema (Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley, Conversations with History series, 2001)
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Takeshi Kitano
A Scene at the Sea / Ano Natsu, Ichiban Shizukana Umi Review of Takeshi Kitano's 1991 film by Tony Rayns (Sight and Sound, April 1999)
A Scene at the Sea: Reflections Essay on Takeshi Kitano's 1991 film (Senses of Cinema, Issue No. 10, Nov 2000)
Kikujiro Essay on Takeshi Kitanos 1999 film by Geoff Gardner (Senses of Cinema, Issue No. 10, Nov 2000)
Kikujiro / Kikujiro No Natsu Tommy Udo's review of Takeshi Kitano's 1998 film (Sight and Sound, July 2000)
Kikujiro: Tapestries Review of Takeshi Kitanos 1999 film by Andrew Saunders (Senses of Cinema, Issue No. 10, Nov 2000)
Kitano Takeshi's Sonatine Essay by Dan Harper (Senses of Cinema, Issue No. 10, Nov 2000)
Kitano's Hana-bi and the Spatial Traditions of Yasujiro Ozu Essay by Mark Freeman (Senses of Cinema, Issue No. 7, June 2000)
Never Yielding Entirely Into Art: Hana-Bi Essay by Daniel Edwards (Senses of Cinema, Issue No. 10, Nov 2000)
Office-Kitano (in Japanese & English) Official site of Takeshi Kitano: news, films, etc.
Puppet Love Tony Rayns' Interview with Kitano Takeshi about Dolls (Sight & Sound, June 2003)
Sonatine Annotation of Takeshi Kitano's film by Dan Harper
Takeshi Kitano: A Critical Database Compiled with critical essay by Bob Davis: filmography; bibliography; articles in Senses of Cinema; Web resources
The Willing Embrace of Destruction: Takeshi Kitano's Brother Analysis by Daniel Edwards (Senses of Cinema, Issue No. 17, Nov.-Dec. 2001)
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Masaki Kobayashi
Kwaidan David Ehrenstein's essay on Masaki Kobayashis 1964 film
Masaki Kobayashi Analysis of Kobayashis Seppuku (1962) & Samurai Rebellion (1967)
Rebellion Annotation of Masaki Kobayashi's 1967 film by Simon McLean
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Akira Kurosawa
Akira Kurosawa: A Critical Database Compiled with critical essay by Dan Harper: filmography; bibliography; articles in Senses of Cinema; Web resources
Akira Kurosawa Database Nobuji Tamura's Web site on the great Japanese director: Filmography, biography, graphic gallery, & related links
Akira Kurosawa on Rashomon Excerpted from Something Like an Autobiography, translated by Audie E. Bock
Akira Kurosawa on Video: 3 Remastered Early Films Gary Morris on Stray Dog, The Lower Depths, and The Bad Sleep Well (Bright Lights Film Journal, Issue 21, May 1998)
Before the Rain Philip Kemp's essay on 3 Kurosawa urban dramas (Sight and Sound, Feb. 2002)
The Hidden Fortress Annotation of Kurosawa film by Jaime N. Christley
The Hidden Fortress Armond White's essay on Kurosawa's 1958 film
High and Low Chuck Stephens' essay on Kurosawa's 1963 film
Ikiru Annotation of Kurosawa's film by Shan Jayaweera
Rashomon Stephen Prince's essay on Kurosawa's 1950 film
Sanjuro Michael Sragow's essay on Kurosawa's 1962 film
Seven Samurai David Ehrenstein's essay on Kurosawa's 1954 film
Seven Samurai Annotation of Kurosawa's 1954 film by Patrick Crogan
Seven Samurai Gary Morris on Kurosawa's 1954 film (Bright Lights Film Journal, Issue 17, Sept. 1996)
They Who Step on the Tiger's Tail Annotation of Kurosawa's 1945 film by Boris Trbic
3 Rare Kurosawas on VHS Gary Morris on Drunken Angel, Scandal, & I Live in Fear (Bright Lights Film Journal, Issue 30, Oct. 2000)
Throne of Blood: Shakespeare Transposed Stephen Prince's essay on Kurosawa's 1957 film
Translating Kurosawa Introduction to Kurosawa's films by Patrick Crogan (Senses of Cinema, Issue No. 9, Sep-Oct 2000)
Yojimbo Alexander Sesonske's essay on Kurosawa's 1961 film
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Toshiro Mifune
Focus: Kurosawa/Mifune From Criterion Collection: "Kurosawa and Mifune," by Stephen Prince; "Toshiro Mifune East & West," by Donald Richie; "Self-Made Men: The Modern World of Kurosawa and Mifune," by Chris Fujiwara; "Kurosawa & MifuneLost Opportunities," by Stuart Galbraith IV; "Kurosawa on Mifune," by Akira Kurosawa; Kurosawa/Mifune Filmography
Toshiro Mifune Biography, films, & images of the famous Japanese actor
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Takashi Miike
Audition Essay on Miike's 1999 film by Geoff Gardner (Senses of Cinema, Issue No. 8, July-Aug 2000)
Suicide is for the Birds: Takashi Miike's Tales of De-territorializing Flight at Fantasia 2003 and Beyond Randolph Jordan's analysis of violence in the films of Miike (Offscreen , Oct. 2003)
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Hayao Miyazaki
The Animated Life Margaret Talbot discussing the films, the influence, & the temperament of Hayao Miyazaki (New Yorker Online, Jan. 10, 2005)
The Hayao Miyazaki Web A fan site: news; Miyazaki's biography, films, manga, colleagues & studio
The Master of Mystery in Japanese Animation A. O. Scott on Hayao Miyazaki & his fantastical world (International Herald Tribune, June 10, 2005)
Midnight Eye interview: Hayao Miyazaki Interview conducted on the occasion of Spirited Away's first European screening (Dec. 2001)
Shinto Perspectives in Miyazaki's Anime Film Anime Film "Spirited Away" Essay by James W. Boyd and Tetsuya Nishimura (Journal of Religion & Film, Oct. 2004)
Spirited Away by Miyazaki's Fantasy Mick Broderick's review in Intersections: Gender, History and Culture in the Asian Context (Issue 9, Aug. 2003)
Studio Ghibli (in Japanese) Official site of Miyazaki's studio
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Kenji Mizoguchi
Brought Low by Life: Mizoguchi's Oharu Gary Morris review of The Life of Oharu in Bright Lights Film Journal (Issue 22, Sept. 1998)
Choreography of Desire: Analysing Kinuyo Tanaka's Acting in Mizoguchi's Films Chika Kinoshita's essay in Screening the Past (Issue 13, Dec. 2001)
Kenji Mizoguchi: A Critical Database Compiled with critical essay by Alexander Jacoby: filmography; bibliography; Web resources
The Life of Oharu Annotation of Kenji Mizoguchi's 1952 film by Acquarello
Mizoguchi and Freedom Tag Gallagher's essay in Screening the Past (Issue 13, Dec. 2001)
The Spirit Moves: the World of Kenji Mizoguchi Gary Morris' essay in Bright Lights Film Journal (Issue 22, Sept. 1998)
Tragic Poignancy: Kenji Mizoguchi's The Loyal 47 Ronin Gary Morris' review of the DVD version in Bright Lights Film Journal (Issue 26, Nov. 1999)
Utamaro and his Five Women Annotation of Kenji Mizoguchi's 1947 film by Freda Freiberg
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Mikio Naruse
The Materialist Ethic of Mikio Naruse Essay by Freda Freiberg (Senses of Cinema, Issue No. 20, May-June 2002)
Mikio Naruse: A Critical Database Compiled with critical essay by Alexander Jacoby: filmography; bibliography; articles in Senses of Cinema; Web resources
Unsentimental Journey: Mikio Naruse Essay by Acquarello (Senses of Cinema, Issue No. 12, Feb-Mar 2001)
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Nagisa Oshima
Gohatto - or the End of Oshima Nagisa? Andrew Grossman's analysis in Bright Lights Film Journal (Issue 33, July 2001)
Nagisa Oshima: A Critical Database Compiled with critical essay by Nelson Kim: filmography; bibliography; articles in Senses of Cinema; Web resources
The Unkindest Cut of All? : Some Reflections on the Recent Cinematic Release of the Uncut Version of Nagisa Oshimas Ai no corrida (1976) Freda Freiberg's essay on In the Realm of the Senses (Senses of Cinema, Issue No. 12, Feb-Mar 2001)
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Yasujiro Ozu
Good Morning Rick Prelinger's essay on Yasujiro Ozus 1959 film
Is Ozu Slow? Essay by by Jonathan Rosenbaum (Senses of Cinema, Issue No. 4, March 2000)
Ozu's Good Morning Gary Morris' review in Bright Lights Film Journal (Issue 31, June 2001)
ozuyasujiro.com "a non-commercial online resource celebrating Ozu": news; resources; life; style; films; books; links
Tokyo Story David Bordwell's essay on Yasujiro Ozu's 1953 film
The World of Yasujiro Ozu A survey of Ozu's work with capsule & full reviews of his films
Yasujiro Ozu: A Critical Database Compiled with critical essay by Nick Wrigley: filmography; bibliography; articles in Senses of Cinema; Web resources
Yasujiro Ozu: The Opacity of Life and Art Zach Campbell's "ideas on how Ozus cinema operates and the principles on which viewers can approach them" (24fps, Fall 2003)
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Seijun Suzuki
New45. Caliber Samurai - A Seijun Suzuki Tribute Site News; films; articles; music; links; poster gallery, etc.
Branded to Kill John Zorn's essay on Seijun Suzuki's 1967 film
Climbing Mt. Suzuki Robert Keser's survey of the films of Seijun Suzuki through Pistol Opera (24fps, Winter 2004)
NewMidnight Eye interview: Seijun Suzuki Interview with the director of Pistol Opera by Tom Mes (2001)
Seijun Suzuki: Authority in Minority Essay by Stephen Teo (Senses of Cinema, Issue No. 8, July-Aug 2000)
Seijun Suzuki Filmography A biographical sketch & full list of Suzuki's films by Jasper Sharp
Tokyo Drifter Manohla Dargis' essay on Seijun Suzuki's 1966 film
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Isao Takahata
Isao Takahata Biographical capsule of a leading head of Studio Ghibli, with links
Physicality in Tombstone for Fireflies Essay on Isao Takahata's 1987 film by Bill Mousoulis (Senses of Cinema, Issue No. 5, April 2000)
Tombstone for Fireflies Annotation of Isao Takahata's 1987 film by Freda Freiberg
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Individual Directors & Films
After Life / Wonderful Life Tony Rayns' Review of Hirokazu Koreeda's 1998 film (Sight and Sound, Oct. 1999)
Blood Spear, Mt. Fuji: Uchida Tomu's Conflicted Comeback from Manchuria Craig Watts' essay on Tomu & his 1955 samurai classic (Bright Lights Film Journal, Issue 33, July 2001)
Depicting Women: The Memoirs and Documentary Films of Atsugi Taka Ronald Loftus's paper on a Japanese woman proletarian film maker in Intersections (Issue 7, March 2002)
Double Suicide Claire Johnston's essay on Masahiro Shinoda's 1969 film
Eureka Essay on Shinji Aoyamas 2000 film by Jared Rapfogel (Senses of Cinema, Issue No. 14, June 2001)
Ghost in the Shell Annotation of Mamoru Oshii's 1995 film by Jordan Wynnychuk
Hiroshi Shimizu: A Hero of His Time Alexander Jacoby's essay on the director of Children in the Wind, Forget Love for Now & Mr. Thankyou (Senses of Cinema, July-Sept. 2004)
Hiroshi Teshigahara: A Critical Database Compiled with critical essay by Dan Harper: filmography; Web resources
Kon Ichikawa: A Critical Database Compiled with critical essay by Alexander Jacoby: filmography; bibliography; articles in Senses of Cinema; Web resources
Mamoru Oshii: A Critical Database Compiled with critical essay by Richard Suchenski: filmography; bibliography; articles in Senses of Cinema; Web resources
The Movie Experience: Conversation with Masahiro Shinoda and Shima Iwashita Interview with 2 leading figures of Japanese cinema (Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley, Conversations with History series, 1999)
Ring / Ringu Mark Kermode's review of Hideo Nakata's 1997 film (Sight and Sound, Sept. 2000)
Samurai Trilogy:
Samurai I - Musashi Miyamoto
Samurai II - Duel at Ichijoji Temple
Samurai III - Duel at Ganryu Island
Bruce Eder's essays on Hiroshi Inagaki's trilogy (1954-1959)
Shohei Imamura: A Critical Database Compiled with critical essay by Nelson Kim: filmography; bibliography; Web resources
Shunji Iwai Offical Web Site Biography of, & films, books & music by the author & director of All About Lily Chou-Chou
Woman in the Dunes on DVD Gary Morris' review of Hiroshi Teshigahara's 1964 film in Bright Lights Film Journal (Issue 28, Apr. 2000)
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Photography
Ed's Photos: The Japan Galleries A gallery of photos by Ed Kaspar
Japan: 19th Century hand-colored photographs Hand-colored albumen prints from the Samuel Jacobson collection
Japan Photo Gallery From Schauwecker's Guide to Japan
Japan Railway & Transport Review: Photostory Index of photo-essays about transport services in Japan & the world
Japanese Railway Scenery Index of photos with explanatory text in Japan Railway & Transport Review
The Kamakura Print Collection Gravure prints by Peter Miller: Kamakura temples, lightscapes, seascapes, snowscapes, dreamscapes, & pathways
Kinoko-ya (in Japanese & English) Images & descriptions of wild mushrooms in Japan
Panorama Photograph Art Gallery Hirofumi Inomata's panoramic images of Japanese scenery in QuickTime format
Photo Japan Commercial site offering "high quality color or black & white stock images of traditional & contemporary Japanese culture"
PhotoGuide Japan Guide to Japanese photography, with galleries, photo & postcard images, historical & current information, & database
PostcardGuide Japan A guide to Japanese postcard collecting by the Postcard & Paper Collectible Club of Japan
Tokyo and Kyoto 2004 - a Photoset on Flickr A set of photos viewable as slide show
Yoko Yamamoto's Photo World (in Japanese & English) Diaries of a Kagurazaka Woman 1983-2002; Edo (Tokyo) Geisha 1985-2002; Japanese Traditional Aesthetics; Un Paese, Scanno 1999; Latitude 43 Degrees North; Self-Portrait:"Transparent in the Sun"
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