Jasper Sharp

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Interviews

Shinya Tsukamoto on his new post-war film Shadow of Fire: “In order to portray the true horror of war, it was important to show the aftermath”

Known for his dystopian cyberpunk classic Tetsuo: The Iron Man, in his newest films – including Shadow of Fire, which is currently touring the UK – Japanese director Shinya Tsukamoto has turned his attentions towards the scars of wartime.

By Jasper Sharp

Shinya Tsukamoto on his new post-war film Shadow of Fire: “In order to portray the true horror of war, it was important to show the aftermath”
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10 great Japanese family dramas

By Jasper Sharp

10 great Japanese family dramas
Features

High and Low: Kurosawa’s kidnapping procedural at 60

By Jasper Sharp

High and Low: Kurosawa’s kidnapping procedural at 60
Features

The Rashomon effect: a new look at Akira Kurosawa’s cinematic milestone of post-truth

By Jasper Sharp

The Rashomon effect: a new look at Akira Kurosawa’s cinematic milestone of post-truth
Obituaries

Yoshishige Yoshida obituary: leading light of the Japanese New Wave

By Jasper Sharp

Yoshishige Yoshida obituary: leading light of the Japanese New Wave
Features

Japanese documentaries from the Yamagata festival now streaming for free online

By Jasper Sharp

Japanese documentaries from the Yamagata festival now streaming for free online
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10 great samurai films

By Jasper Sharp

10 great samurai films
In partnership with JNTO

A cinephile’s guide to Japan

By Jasper Sharp

A cinephile’s guide to Japan
In partnership with JNTO

Kawase Naomi: looking from the outside in

By Jasper Sharp

Kawase Naomi: looking from the outside in
In partnership with JNTO

Eight new visions of Japan on screen in 2021

By Jasper Sharp

Eight new visions of Japan on screen in 2021
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10 great Japanese teen films

By Jasper Sharp

10 great Japanese teen films
Lists

Forgotten treasures of the multiplex

By Ryan Gilbey, Nick James and others

Forgotten treasures of the multiplex
Lists

50 key anime films

By Nick Bradshaw, Darren Ashmore and others

50 key anime films
In partnership with JNTO

Beyond anime: a short history of independent Japanese animation

By Jasper Sharp

Beyond anime: a short history of independent Japanese animation
Features

Tokyo Story: anatomy of a classic

By Jasper Sharp

Tokyo Story: anatomy of a classic
Lists

The best Japanese film of every year – from 1925 to now

By Alejandra Armendáriz-Hernández, Kambole Campbell and others

The best Japanese film of every year – from 1925 to now
Polls

The best film books, by 51 critics

By Geoff Andrew, Michael Atkinson and others

The best film books, by 51 critics
Lists

Yasujiro Ozu: 10 essential films

By Jasper Sharp

Yasujiro Ozu: 10 essential films
Polls

The web video of 2012: contributors s-t

By Jasper Sharp and Jez Stewart

The web video of 2012: contributors s-t
Where to begin

Where to begin with Japanese musicals

By Jasper Sharp

Where to begin with Japanese musicals
Where to begin

Where to begin with Robert Florey

By Jasper Sharp

Where to begin with Robert Florey
Where to begin

Where to begin with Josef von Sternberg

By Jasper Sharp

Where to begin with Josef von Sternberg
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10 great Japanese films of the 1990s

By Jasper Sharp

10 great Japanese films of the 1990s
Where to begin

Where to begin with Kaneto Shindo

By Jasper Sharp

Where to begin with Kaneto Shindo
Where to begin

Where to begin with Japanese cyberpunk

By Jasper Sharp

Where to begin with Japanese cyberpunk
Features

Washed away: lost films by female directors

By Isabel Stevens, Pamela Hutchinson and others

Washed away: lost films by female directors
Interviews

Head trip: the animated worlds of Yamamura Kôji

By Jasper Sharp

Head trip: the animated worlds of Yamamura Kôji
Where to begin

Where to begin with Kon Ichikawa

By Jasper Sharp

Where to begin with Kon Ichikawa
Lists

5 masterpieces of Japanese widescreen... and how they use the frame

By Jasper Sharp

5 masterpieces of Japanese widescreen... and how they use the frame
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