The Toronto Japanese Film Festival is discussed on Contra Zoom Pod!
Ranking the films of Seijun Suzuki in Criterion Channel's collection devoted to the Japanese action film auteur behind films like Branded to Kill and Gate of Flesh.
Tampopo is a perfect summation of Juzo Itami's vibe for its dark, almost cruel humour surrounding a sweet central relationship. "Japan is a culture where if you want something to eat, or you want to have sex, or whatever, you just do it," the director once said.
Takashi Miike's First Love is a zany yakuza bloodbath and an unexpectedly great date movie.
The Development Slate reimagines the Akira Kurosawa classic Rashomon!