Scorpion’s Revenge (Gotoh Daisuke 1997)

Genre: Posh Interior Designer turned Knife-wielding Prison Babe review in one breath This contemporary remake of the Female Convict Scorpion saga pictures Sasori as a successful Los

Kokkuri-san (Zeze Takahisa 1997)

Genre: Ouija-Fueled Teen Angst Ghost TaleDirector: Zeze Takahisa (1997) review in one breath In the midst of dealing with boyfriends, secret lives and existential gloominess three high

Cibo Matto – Viva! La Woman

Nippon-esque Urban Trip-Hop The band Cibo Matto was formed by Miho Hatori and Yuka Honda following their move from Japan to New York City. Their wholly unique and hypnotic trip-hop music


Japanese Movies

Parasite Eve (Ochiai Masayuki 1997)

Genre: DNA-Morphing Sci-Fi Thriller review in one breath When the beautiful wife of DNA Researcher Nagashima is tragically killed, he attempts to recreate her using

Hikari no Ame (Takahashi Banmei 2001)

Genre: Student Revolutionary Implosion – Based on a True Story review in one breath This documentary-style film recreates the infamous Asama Sanso Incident of 1972


Japanese History & Folklores

Hannya – 般若 -はんにゃ

In Japanese folklore the female demon (oni) Hannya figures prominently. Often depicted in traditional Noh and Bunraku plays using a wooden mask of a fierce and grimacing horned demon, this malicious

Kwaidan – Yuki-Onna (Snow Woman)

The sad and haunting tale of Yuki Onna consists of all the requisite elements of a truly classic traditional ghost story. The ferocity of the Yuki Onna who can