Part of an occasional series in which Spank The Monkey travels to foreign countries, watches films in unfamiliar languages, and then complains about not understanding them. This episode: Hong Kong and Japan, May 2017. Additional photography by The Belated Birthday Girl.
Jackie Chan’s first monster hit comes to Blu-ray today courtesy of Eureka’s Masters of Cinema. Indy Datta will take a look, just after he’s necked three catties of rice wine and vanquished his nemesis.
The UK’s 11th annual celebration of Korean cinema begins in London tonight. Spank The Monkey presents a preview.
Spank The Monkey looks at Criterion’s new release of a neglected landmark in Japanese cinema.
Musashi Miyamoto is the Samurai. No, scratch that: Musashi Miyamoto is the Samurai. For generations of Japanese, this 17th century wandering swordsman has been the ideal representation of the country’s warrior class. A painter, an author, and a swordsman who won over sixty duels: if he didn’t already exist, someone would have had to invent him. And even though he did exist, people have been inventing him anyway: for centuries Japanese culture has repeatedly taken the bare bones of his story and manufactured new myths out of it. Continue reading The Samurai Trilogy
Spank The Monkey presents his annual round-up of the Japan Foundation’s touring film programme, playing in selected UK cinemas from February 5th to March 26th 2016.
Concluding Spank The Monkey’s two-part examination of Taiwanese martial arts cinema, past and present.
Commencing Spank The Monkey’s two-part examination of Taiwanese martial arts cinema, past and present.
A year after Miyazaki’s swansong, the final bow of his Studio Ghibli partner Isao Takahata. A review by Indy Datta.