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"
Exploring the evil nature of obsession in Sakaguchi Ango’s sadistic short story and its film adaptation “In the Forest, Under Cherries in Full Bloom.”Read more "The Lonely Way of Head-Lopping"
Director Keiichi Hara’s 2002 animated feature Colorful is an introspective study of life’s impermanence which teaches the value and rarity of human connection.Read more "Colorful"
Shima Iwashita’s brilliant portrayal of two women wronged by social injustice in Mashiro Shinoda’s 1969 film based on Monzaemon Chikamatsu’s tragic kabuki.Read more "Double Suicide"
The perfect portrait of marriage in pre-modern Japanese literature.Read more "Husband and Dutiful Wife"
Akutagawa’s obsession with weakness of character paints a detailed portrait of life’s grotesque nihilism and repudiates the goodness in beauty.Read more "Horrors of the Living"