Inside this issue:
BLU MAGICK: LONE WOLF AND CUB
Kat Ellinger reviews the new Criterian release.
Joseph Dwyer investigates aspects of sadomasochism and Gothic feminism in Park Chanwook’s The Handmaiden, and the film’s place in a tradition of erotic art cinema.
HOURS DREADFUL AND THINGS STRANGE
Samm Deighan examines the influence of traditional Japanese theater on Akira Kurosawa’s eerie, horror-tinged 1957 Shakespeare adaptation, Throne of Blood.
NATURE, NUCLEAR TERROR AND NATIONAL GUILT
Kieran Fisher examines the complex mythology behind Japan’s biggest monster: Godzilla.
CURSE, DEATH AND SPIRITS
Kat Ellinger tracks the evolution of the Japanese Ghost Story in cinema, from classic to contemporary and unravels its folklore origins.
FROM KWAIDAN TO KAIDAN
Kat Ellinger talks to J-horror pioneer Hideo Nakata about the evolution of Japanese horror cinema.
78 DAYS ON THE RUN
Samm Deighan explores Shohei Imamura’s grim serial killer epic, Vengeance is Mine (1979), in comparison to real-life killers operating throughout Japan’s history.
THE MASCULINIZED ZONE: HORRORS OF KOREAN WAR CINEMA
Rebecca Booth explores the representation of masculinity in Korean war cinema.
TOKYO SHIFTER: FAREWELL TO SEIJUN SUZUKI
Joseph Perry pays homage to the late, great Seijun Suzuki.
STRANGE, PERSISTENT BEGGARS
Samm Deighan remembers David Bowie’s onscreen legacy through the lens of Nagisa Oshima’s mournful Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983).
PUNISHING THE YOUNG
Kieran Fisher examines how various social, political and cultural issues prominent in Japan during the 1990s went on to inform three controversial genre films featuring youth violence: Battle Royale (2000), Suicide Club (2002) and Lesson of the Evil (2012).