From freshly scorched earth arose an important literary ethos which sought to produce existential works of psychological significance. Post-war author Abe Kōbō encapsulates the downtrodden consciousness of the Japanese people in his abstract short story “Akai Mayu” (1950).Read more "The evolution of post wwii literature in Japan"
Authors Sōseki Natsume and Tanizaki Jun’ichirō struggle to accept the fate of Japan’s waning culture in the face of rapid modernization in their vibrant essays In Praise of Shadows, “The Civilization of Modern-Day Jan, and “My Individualism.”Read more "from Shadows of the Past to a Future of Individualism"
Haunting atmosphere, stunning visuals, deadly beauty. Shindō Kaneto’s visually stunning films Kuroneko (1968) and Irezumi (1966) reveal that the human psyche is powerless against life’s horror, and that only through experiencing great injustice can the confines of reality give way to reveal one’s true inner self.Read more "The Femme Fatales of Shindō Kaneto"
Park Chan-wook’s extreme style knows no bounds. From auditory sycopathy to masterful mood manipulation, his 2002 film Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance shows that even heinous violence can be truly introspective and eerily beautiful.Read more "Master of Mise-en-Scène"