Month: September 2018

Unknown Pleasures playing at the Cinema Blue Studio in Kita Senju

Aimless youth and former youth, whether Slacker or Clerks, films by Wong Kar-wai or Toshiya Fujita, or even my favorite Tora-san films, that seems to be what I am interested in, so no surprise that I am interested in this film, Unknown Pleasures (青の稲妻 in Japanese and 任逍遥 in Chinese) that is described as such will interest me: Jia Zhangke’s… Read more →

Some Thoughts on Tora-san and Tora-san 50

A few days ago Sankei Shinbun published an article by Katsuro Fujii of their culture desk with his notes and thoughts from the announcement of the new Tora-san movie in Tokyo on September 6th. Th announcement was part of a wider presentation of what Shochiku is doing for the 50th anniversary of the Tora-san series, which is coming up next… Read more →

Tora-san 50th Anniversary Events!

Many big events are happening next year in Japan. The Rugby World Cup. A new emperor will be enthroned. Preparations will also be in full gear for the 2020 Olympics. 2019, however, also marks the 50th anniversary of the first Tora-san movie! Shochiku’s Tora-san 50th anniversary website went live today. Here is a summary of what was announced today. 1)… Read more →