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Godzilla Reviews: The Frightening but Majestic Japanese Godzilla 1954

King of the Monsters Godzilla, who recently became a Japanese citizen, has undoubtedly influenced the world more than any of the creators could have imagined. I love Godzilla. I first started watching the movies as a kid. In America, the Sci-Fi channel would show them on Saturday mornings. Of course, they were the dubbed versions,…

“Twilight Samurai”: The Twilight of An Old Japan

If the image of a humble hero with hidden skills who fights to protect is your thing, then this movie is perfect for you. Twilight Samurai follows the life of an impoverished samurai, Seibei, when a series of events forces him into a dangerous position of losing all that he cares for. The plot might…

“Ikiru”: Consequences of an Unexamined Life

Long before John Keating, Poets Society inspired us with the famous line “What will your verse be?”, we had a 50-year-old bureaucrat, who had lived a wasted life, faced death in six months, and asked the same question. In Akira Kurosawa’s Ikiru, our protagonist finds out that he has contracted stomach cancer, and this leads…

Seven Samurai: The Godfather of Action-Adventure Movies

Are you willing to fight 40 bandits, only for rice as compensation, with no other promises of reward, and a high possibility of being killed? Seven Samurai is written and directed by the legendary Akira Kurosawa. Seven Samurai tells the story of an old-timer samurai who decides to help a village of farmers to fight…

After 60 Years, Godzilla Has Finally Become an Official Japanese Citizen!

The giant monster, that starred first in 1954’s movie ‘Godzilla’ became an instant pop culture icon, starring in 28 other movies and appearing in numerous other media, such as video games, books, comic books, tv series, and even two Hollywood movies, one in 1998 and the second in 2014 has been granted official residence of…

“Harakiri” , the Story of an Honorable Suicide

When someone comes to your house and seeks a place to commit suicide, what would you do? Harakiri (or Seppuku) is a movie about a ragged clothed samurai seeking an honourable suicide and asking to leave him using a well-known clan’s grounds for it. The lord of the house shared with that person the story…

7 Enjoyments of Rashomon

What can a 1950s black and white Japanese film teach us about ourselves? Rashomon is a revolutionary movie not only in the History of Japanese cinema but of the world modern cinema. Cinephiles and critics of cinema and academician still, until now, write and discuss this movie that changed the whole construction of the modern…

What are the Best Samurai Movies?

If you are like me and are still a 10-year-old at heart, you probably love yourself some good sword-fighting swashbuckling adventures. And Japanese cinema has some incredible movies that will scratch that particular itch. Here are a few! Classics Starting with the most famous, The Seven Samurai. This is one of the most famous, and…

Chanbara, “Sword fighting movies”

What is Chanbara One classic staple of Japanese cinema is the chanbara genre. Chanbara, meaning “Sword fighting movies”, are a sub-genre of Jidaigeki or period dramas. Chanbara is films that focus on samurai, ronin, or ninja. They have been incredibly influential on western cinema if you have seen a big action movie you have very…

Takashi Miike the “Koanist”

Health and life are characterized by the movement, sickness and death by the inertia and the smothering. The Reason is precious each time it brings us to the life (scientific research, social interaction etc.) but the reason can also confining us in certainties. A world based on logic could fall in complete self-sufficiency and become…