Meiko Kaji – Urami Bushi

Meiko Kaji – Urami Bushi

Posted by in Media, Movies, Music on 28. May, 2014 | Comments Off

I recently re-watched Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2, and noticed the old-school Japanese song that plays during the credits. Did some Googling and learned that it is “Urami Bushi” by Meiko Kaji. (Life is almost too easy with Google…) Meiko Kaji was a singer and actress and appeared in more than 100 films. Here [...]

Sale on Japanese Films at BestBuy.com

Sale on Japanese Films at BestBuy.com

Posted by in Media, Movies on 02. Jun, 2013 | Comments Off

Hey Everyone, Public Service Announcement. Best Buy is having a sale on some of the Criterion Collection movies, which includes some Japanese classics by Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu. For example, I see Floating Weeds (浮草 Ukigusa) by Yasujiro Ozu, and Ikiru (Live) by Kurosawa, on DVD for just $9.99. That’s a steal! I also [...]

Holiday Gift Ideas for Japan Geeks

Holiday Gift Ideas for Japan Geeks

Posted by in Crazy Consumers, Gadgets, Media, Movies on 25. Nov, 2010 | 5 Comments

Here are some holiday gift ideas that Japan geeks will probably enjoy… I’m going to try to be a little one-off here, because I know lists like these are everywhere! Life Lessons from the Masters If you have anything you would recommend please tell us in the comments! Gift Idea Number 1! Zen in the [...]

Live from Tokyo Movie in NYC Oct 29th

Live from Tokyo Movie in NYC Oct 29th

Posted by in Culture, Media, Movies, Music on 26. Oct, 2010 | Comments Off

Looks good! If you’re in NYC on Oct 29th you should clear your schedule and go check it out. Live From Tokyo Trailer from Lewis Rapkin on Vimeo. Got this email the other day through the JapanNewbie contact form. Good info, passing it along. LIVE FROM TOKYO – a documentary about indie music in Tokyo [...]

Movie: Manji

Movie: Manji

Posted by in Media, Movies on 16. Oct, 2010 | Comments Off

So I just saw Manji, a 1964 movie by director Yasuzo Masumura, and based on a book by Junichiro Tanizaki. This movie had my attention from the very beginning all the way to the end. Loved it! First of all, Manji is all in Kansai-ben. If you’ve been reading this blog at all and paying [...]

Metropolis – Anime Worth Watching!

Metropolis – Anime Worth Watching!

Posted by in Media, Movies on 09. Oct, 2010 | 2 Comments

Continuing my Japanese movie binge I’m moving on to a classic Japanese Animated movie – Metropolis. Metropolis was made in 2002, but is based on a 1949 manga by Tezuka Osamu of AstroBoy fame, and it really shows – in a good way. This is a great movie with slick animation and surprisingly awesome music. [...]

Movie Time: A Scene at the Sea

Movie Time: A Scene at the Sea

Posted by in Media, Movies on 05. Oct, 2010 | 1 Comment

あの夏、いちばん静かな海 So this time I watched A Scene at the Sea by the famous Japanese director Takeshi “Beat” Kitano. This is one of his earlier movies, done in 1991. The Japanese title is あの夏、いちばん静かな海, which directly translated would be more like, “The most quiet sea that summer.” Unlike most of his other films, this one [...]

Film Binge: Charisma by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Film Binge: Charisma by Kiyoshi Kurosawa

Posted by in Media, Movies on 08. Sep, 2010 | Comments Off

I just watched Charisma by Kiyoshi Kurosawa on cue from my copy of A Hundred Years of Japanese Film by Donald Richie. This is a film I can recommend. It’s nuts. You’ll also notice that the main actor is Koji Yakusho, the famous Japanese actor of Shall We Dance fame. Without giving anything away, this [...]

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