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3 things about Nagisa Ôshima’s TABOO

Taboo [1999] 1. Obscure reasons for not cutting off his locks. 2. Chopping down the tree in a single stroke. 3. “I’m more inclined to incline towards those who are inclined.”

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3 things about Seijun Suzuki’s TAKE AIM AT THE POLICE VAN

Take Aim at the Police Van [1960] 1. Burma Shave-style road signs warning of danger. 2. Group of teens hanging around the jukebox. 3. He replies that he prefers Japanese mystery novels.

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3 things about Koreyoshi Kurahara’s INTIMIDATION

Intimidation [1960] 1. Beginning and ending with a train. 2. He slips on clear plastic galoshes. 3. Multiple receipts for counterfeit seals.

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3 things about Ishiro Honda’s DESTROY ALL MONSTERS

Destroy All Monsters [1968] 1. “We will either be heroes or in body bags within the hour.” 2. Slithering back into solid rock form. 3. Mothra’s rather ineffective web.

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3 things about Kaneto Shindô’s ONIBABA

Onibaba [1964] 1. Heap of skeletons. 2. Grains of rice stuck to his lips. 3. A trickle of blood. The mask splits lengthwise.

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3 things about Michel Gondry & Leos Carax & Joon-ho Bong’s TOKYO!

Tokyo! [2008] 1. He opens the bathroom door and the chair is sitting in the bathtub. 2. Flowers and money. 3. Neat stacks of pizza boxes. So-so.

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3 things about Hiroshi Inagaki’s SAMURAI III: DUEL AT GANRYU ISLAND

Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island [1956] 1. Picking insects out of his ramen using chopsticks. 2. “Crush me to death! In your arms! As a final favor!” 3. A head wound, a trickle of blood.

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3 things about Hiroshi Inagaki’s SAMURAI I: MUSASHI MIYAMOTO

Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto [1954] 1. He hands her a letter. It’s a block of wood with a sheet of paper inside. 2. Washing in the water, the long colorful strips of cloth waving in the current. 3. He locks … Continue reading

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