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Archive for August 16th, 2010


Review: Four films by Seijun Suzuki

Underworld Beauty

Starring Michitaro Mizushima, Mari Shiraki, Yusuke Ashida, Toru Abe and Hideaki Nitani.

Tokyo Drifter

Starring Tetsuya Watari, Tamio Kawaji, Ryuji Kita, Chieko Matsubara and Hideaki Nitani.

Branded to Kill

Starring Koji Nanbara, Joe Shishido, Mariko Ogawa and Annu Mari.

Kanto Wanderer

Starring Chieko Matsubara, Hiroko Ito and Akira Kobayashi.

Seijun Suzuki worked as a director in the Japanese studio system from 1956 to 1967, until, after filming Branded to Kill, he was fired for making an “incomprehensible” film, and, after having seen four of his films, it’s pretty hard to argue that claim. Taking the unprecedented act of suing his former production company, Nikkatsu, he won, but soon found himself blacklisted and didn’t make another movie for 10 years. Seijun Suzuki’s films are shockingly innovative on a visual level, and his characteristic narrative tangles have been a huge influence on modern-day filmmakers from Wong Kar Wai to Quentin Tarantino.


Why I don’t do a journal comic. #2

Another stupid thing I drew today because I had nothing to do for real work.

I can’t draw the same thing the same way twice, so this is actually decent practice. Except that my hand got tired and I started getting super-sloppy. Sometimes that’s good because it forces you to loosen up, but whatever.

Also, my Copic nib started going wonky on me again. I seem to burn through those…

(Originally posted at LiveJournal on July 28, 2008.)

Why I don’t do a journal comic.

Or, what I do all day besides play Scrabulous. (Originally posted at LiveJournal on July 28, 2008.)