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mostly a diary to keep track of the films i've seen.

In the Realm of the Senses (Oshima Nagisa, 1976)

for obvious reasons his most famous, but honestly (and this isn’t coming from my usual prude self) this is my least favourite of his i’ve seen. not that there isn’t interesting stuff within: spectatorship, imperial male body, power play, love supreme; and the exhaustion of the sex works narratively and affectingly, driving it towards its wonderful ending. but mostly - and this became very apparent when looking for a still to post - it seemed sex for the sake of showing sex, and slight.

In the Realm of the Senses (Oshima Nagisa, 1976)

for obvious reasons his most famous, but honestly (and this isn’t coming from my usual prude self) this is my least favourite of his i’ve seen. not that there isn’t interesting stuff within: spectatorship, imperial male body, power play, love supreme; and the exhaustion of the sex works narratively and affectingly, driving it towards its wonderful ending. but mostly - and this became very apparent when looking for a still to post - it seemed sex for the sake of showing sex, and slight.

— 15 hours ago with 2 notes
#l'empire des sens  #愛のコリーダ  #in the realm of the senses  #last movie i saw  #B+ 
Blue (Ando Hiroshi, 2001)

this list of perfectly toned, perfectly evincing youth dramas of the 90’s and 00’s is endless. maybe because the list of manga they’re based on is endless? that time near the end of adolescence where the old self and the world its bound to dissolves, because someone, a light, enters it. and disappoints you.

Blue (Ando Hiroshi, 2001)

this list of perfectly toned, perfectly evincing youth dramas of the 90’s and 00’s is endless. maybe because the list of manga they’re based on is endless? that time near the end of adolescence where the old self and the world its bound to dissolves, because someone, a light, enters it. and disappoints you.

— 15 hours ago with 4 notes
#ブルー  #blue  #last movie i saw  #A 
School of the Holy Beast (Suzuki Norifumi, 1974)

School of the Holy Beast (Suzuki Norifumi, 1974)

— 2 days ago with 1 note
#聖獣学園  #school of the holy beast  #last movie i saw  #A- 
Flame and Women (Yoshida Yoshishige, 1967)

post-natal and infertility/impotence depression, Yoshida style. meaning identity struggle, memory/reality blurring, middle class marriage malaise, big, ultramodern houses, ethereal dialogue dubbing, and the most incredible photography you’ll ever see.

Flame and Women (Yoshida Yoshishige, 1967)

post-natal and infertility/impotence depression, Yoshida style. meaning identity struggle, memory/reality blurring, middle class marriage malaise, big, ultramodern houses, ethereal dialogue dubbing, and the most incredible photography you’ll ever see.

— 2 days ago with 3 notes
#炎と女  #flame and women  #last movie i saw  #A- 
Himatsuri (Yanagimachi Mitsuo, 1985)

the god of the mountain and the god of the sea have it out. modernity, progress, tradition, family and love be damned. that’s 4 from 4 for Mr. Yanagimachi. further evidence against the 1980’s as the low point for Japanese cinema.

Himatsuri (Yanagimachi Mitsuo, 1985)

the god of the mountain and the god of the sea have it out. modernity, progress, tradition, family and love be damned. that’s 4 from 4 for Mr. Yanagimachi. further evidence against the 1980’s as the low point for Japanese cinema.

— 3 days ago with 2 notes
#火まつり  #himatsuri  #fire festival  #last movie i saw  #A 
A Woman’s Place (Naruse Mikio, 1962)

maybe his funniest movie, and his most sprawling, blown apart by war, errant love and economics then stitched back together family. whatever it takes to put a cast like this together. and while i’m playing mosts, and take this as one male appraising another, but he is the greatest male director of women. more than Bergman, Almodovar, Fassbinder (just), Mizoguchi or any other filmmaker i can list off. together and alone, nowhere in classical cinema does the hand disappear and they exist as real, full human beings, and the films existing solely for that being and psychology, as much as in his. the woman’s place of the title existing in that being and psychology - a quiet yet infinitely resonant shared space.

A Woman’s Place (Naruse Mikio, 1962)

maybe his funniest movie, and his most sprawling, blown apart by war, errant love and economics then stitched back together family. whatever it takes to put a cast like this together. and while i’m playing mosts, and take this as one male appraising another, but he is the greatest male director of women. more than Bergman, Almodovar, Fassbinder (just), Mizoguchi or any other filmmaker i can list off. together and alone, nowhere in classical cinema does the hand disappear and they exist as real, full human beings, and the films existing solely for that being and psychology, as much as in his. the woman’s place of the title existing in that being and psychology - a quiet yet infinitely resonant shared space.

— 5 days ago with 4 notes
#女の座  #a woman's place  #last movie i saw  #A- 
Secrets Behind the Wall (Wakamatsu Koji, 1965)

Secrets Behind the Wall (Wakamatsu Koji, 1965)

— 6 days ago with 1 note
#壁の中の秘事  #secrets behind the wall  #last movie i saw  #A-