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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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  • Still crazy-good after 60 years: Seven Samurai

    We chart the rocky road to classic status of Akira Kurosawa’s all-time classic action film, Seven Samurai.

    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


  • 10 great films about sex

    As Lars von Trier’s Nymph()maniac arrives on BFI Player, we survey sex on film with a list of some of cinema’s naughtiest classics. Warning: this feature contains explicit imagery!

    Friday, February 21, 2014


  • 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


  • 10 great films set in Tokyo

    Gleaming, neon-lit and futuristic, Tokyo is not just one of the world’s great capitals, but also one of the great cinematic cities. Here are 10 tantalising Tokyo stories.

    Thursday, June 13, 2013


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


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