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Jasper Sharp

Jasper Sharp is a writer and curator specialising in Japanese cinema and the co-editor of the website Midnight Eye. His books include Behind the Pink Curtain (2008) and The Historical Dictionary of Japanese Cinema (2011).

He tweets @jaspersharp.

Articles by Jasper Sharp

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  • Washed away: lost films by female directors

    Cinema’s pre-segregated heyday of female filmmaking is sadly also its most hidden from history. Here seven critics nominate lost treasures they hope might yet be rediscovered.

    Friday, October 2, 2015


  • 10 great Japanese films of the 21st century

    To celebrate a bumper year for Japanese cinema at the BFI London Film Festival, we look out some of the best movies to come out of Japan since the turn of this century.

    Thursday, September 10, 2015


  • Kenji Mizoguchi: 10 essential films

    Some must-see titles from the long career of one of the great masters of Japanese cinema, famed for his exquisite travelling shots and fierce critiques of his country’s patriarchal inequality.

    Friday, May 15, 2015


  • Akira Kurosawa: 10 essential films

    Born 105 years ago, Akira Kurosawa redefined the action film with his samurai epics set in Japan’s medieval past. Here are 10 of his best films.

    Monday, March 23, 2015


  • 10 great really long films

    To watch all of the films on this week’s list, you’ll need over 65 hours. Heralding the release of Lav Diaz’s monumental epic Norte, the End of History, here are 10 film giants that stretch to four hours or (way) beyond.

    Thursday, July 17, 2014


  • Ozu vs Godzilla

    With the new Godzilla film and our rerelease of Yasujiro Ozu’s An Autumn Afternoon out in cinemas on the same day, UK audiences are presented with a choice that is decades old in Japanese cinema: arthouse humanism or action and spectacle?

    Friday, May 16, 2014


  • Free anime: Mizue Mirai, wizard of blobs and blocks

    Japan’s answer to the likes of Oskar Fischinger and Norman McLaren talks to Jasper Sharp about his synaesthetic “cell animation”, why he hand-draws computer-animated lookalikes and his one-man Exquisite corpse-style motion epic Wonder.

    Friday, May 9, 2014


  • 10 great anime films

    With Studio Ghibli master Hayao Miyazaki bowing out with a final masterpiece, The Wind Rises, we name 10 classics from the fantastic and wildly popular world of anime.

    Thursday, May 1, 2014


  • Still crazy-good after 60 years: Seven Samurai

    As Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece Seven Samurai is released on BFI Blu-ray and DVD to coincide with its 60th anniversary, we chart the rocky road to classic status of this most famous of Japanese films.

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014


  • Studio Ghibli: five essential films

    As the great Japanese animation studio nears its 30th anniversary and BFI Southbank mounts a full feature retrospective, we pick out five must-see titles from the fantastic Studio Ghibli.

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014


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