Rage Politely Against the Machine

The frustrated, flummoxed characters in Japanese wunderkind Yuya Ishii’s semi-absurdist comedies are typically running from something. It might be the boring confines of small-town…

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Kurosawa's Lower Depths

The name Akira Kurosawa means one thing to most people: samurai films. So it's no surprise that the various local celebrations of the director's…

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Family Plots

In the annals of audacious counterprogramming, it’s hard to beat a Yasujiro Ozu series going up against Hollywood’s summer onslaught of infantile antics and…

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DJ Krush

While cleaning his desk one day in the early '80s, Tokyo gangster apprentice Ishi Hideaki discovered the severed finger of his best friend wrapped…

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Melt Banana

Since launching in 1992, Tokyo's Melt-Banana has become Japan's quintessential No Wave spazz-punk outfit. While effects-whiz guitarist Agata and bassist Rika surgically intersplice short,…

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Manna from MONO

Tokyo’s MONO is one of those “ya gotta see 'em live” bands. Sure, the instrumental quartet’s recordings are lovely, filled with long tracks of…

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