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  • Pulse

    ★★★★★

  • Tokyo Blood

    ★★★★

  • Black Sunday

    ★★★

  • The Master of Shiatsu

    ★★★½

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  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    ★★★★★

    I am all too familiar with the idea of taking a back seat to my own life. It is not necessarily because I am satisfied with my situation or the status of my relationships with the people in my life; it is because I am fearful of altering what has become familiar to me. The idea of confronting the bitter and souring circumstances surrounding me is discomforting because they are all I know. I have adjusted my life accordingly, making…

  • Fallen Angels

    Fallen Angels

    ★★★★★

    We all long for a special connection that magically makes the familiar parts of life feel fresh again. That type of bond with a person that somehow makes foods taste better, city lights shine brighter, and makes the most mundane of activities feel like a thrill ride. Some would call that love. But when we're in love, our hearts afire, it's easy for our vision to get clouded. Everything can seem so perfect, but what happens if the person we…

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  • Tokyo Blood

    Tokyo Blood

    ★★★★

    Gakuryū Ishii's filmography is so exciting to work through because he has three distinct filmmaking phases. The punk years are the first phase, spanning from the late 1970s through the late 1980s. Next, the 1990s marked a transition to metaphysical mood pieces, which lasted until the mid-2000s. Then finally, there is the current phase, denoted by Ishii's name change from "Sogo" to "Gakuryū" (dragon) in 2012. I have come to find that his punk years were his most influential for…

  • The Master of Shiatsu

    The Master of Shiatsu

    ★★★½

    The Master of Shiatsu is best summed up by Gakuryū Ishii himself. He made the short during a ten-year period in which he could not find the support to make feature films. Specifically, this filmmaking slump occurred after his punk films of the late 1970s and early 1980s but before his spiritual and sensorial mood pieces of the 1990s. In an interview with Jasper Sharp for Midnight Eye, he says:

    I made it to cure my mental damage. I had…

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  • 1/2 Man

    1/2 Man

    ★★★★

    Who is Einstürzende Neubauten?

    Before watching Gakuryū Ishii's 1/2 Man, all I knew was that Einstürzende Neubauten is an industrial band from Germany. Nothing more and nothing less. I had not heard any of their music, and I only learned of their existence because of this film project from Ishii. I debated working through their discography before watching Ishii's collaborative project with them, but I decided that this might be the best introduction to their music.

    After watching 1/2 Man,…