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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.

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  • 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

    Features

  • 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

    Lists

  • 10 great films about sex

    As Lars von Trier’s Nymph()maniac arrives in cinemas and on the BFI Player, we survey sex on film with a list of some of cinema’s naughtiest classics.

    Friday, February 21, 2014

    Lists

  • 10 great samurai films

    With Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai fighting its way onto Blu-ray, we delve into Japan’s heroic past with 10 classic tales of swords and chivalry.

    Thursday, October 17, 2013

    Lists

  • 10 great films set in Tokyo

    Gleaming, neon-lit and futuristic, the Japanese capital is one of the great cinematic cities. Here are our 10 great Tokyo stories.

    Thursday, June 13, 2013

    Lists

  • Second youth: the golden age of Nikkatsu Studios

    Jasper Sharp on how Japan’s oldest film studio became home to the country’s hippest post-war talents.

    Tuesday, June 4, 2013

    Features

  • 10 great Japanese gangster movies

    Jasper Sharp journeys deep into Tokyo’s cinematic underworld and beyond to pick out 10 of the best Japanese mobster movies.

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

    Lists

  • Head trip: the animated worlds of Yamamura Kôji

    Ten years ago Yamamura Kôji’s comically surreal Mt. Head put the thriving world of Japanese independent animation on the map. He looks back over his quarter-century career with Jasper Sharp.

    Friday, January 4, 2013

    Interviews

  • The web video of 2012: contributors s-t

    The year’s best online movies, by 16 international correspondents.

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

    The web video of 2012

  • Wakamatsu Kôji, 1936-2012

    Young criminal, pink-film iconoclast and savage post-war social critic – “the most controversial filmmaker in Japan”; 1 April 1936–17 October 2012.

    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

    Obituaries

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