Today: June 12, 2024


Abashiri Prison I-III

Constructed in the late nineteenth century to house political prisoners, Japan’s infamous Abashiri Prison served as the inspiration for a popular and prolific run of yakuza movies released between 1965 and 1972. In Abashiri Prison,
May 27, 2024

The Fall of Ako Castle

Western literature has The Legend of Thermopylae — the tale of 300 spartans whose their heroic last stand against the Persian army, has inspired generations of storytellers. The Far East has the
December 4, 2023

Violent Streets

Rating: 4/5. Dark, mean, with a fatalistic streak, Violent Streets (Bôryoku gai) is widely regarded as one of the wildest, and most visually stunning yakuza exploitation movies ever made. And for good
February 22, 2023

The Sun Shines Bright

The notoriously difficult to please John Ford regarded The Sun Shines Bright as his favourite film. Based on material from Irvin S. Cobb’s Judge Priest short stories, Ford had previously directed the 1934 film Judge Priest, starring
January 24, 2022

Johnny Guitar

It’s hard today to imagine the impact an actress like Joan Crawford had on the entertainment scene. Fiercely independent, she refused to play the ‘studio system’ game, forging a career that saw
September 15, 2021

The White Reindeer

The directorial debut of Finnish cinematographer Erik Blomberg, The White Reindeer won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. A vampiric fairy-tale set amongst the starkly beautiful fells of Finnish Lapland, Blomberg combines an
April 8, 2019
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