Friday, June 15, 2007

Two Reviews in Asian Reporter

Both of these film reviews were published in the June 12 Asian Reporter:

Satoshi Kon’s Paprika is an anime dream come true

Ping Pong — A manga movie with bounce

Ping Pong actually came out in 2002, but it's going to be playing at a theater in Portland, so they asked me to write it up. Fun manga flick.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Hanzo the manga

Those of you who've read my Stray Dogs & Lone Wolves: The Samurai Film Handbook may be familiar with the ourtragous Hanzo the Razor trilogy (1972 - 4). This trio of period exploitation films starring Shintaro Katsu follow the crime-fighing adventures of Itami Hanzo, the most well-endowed copy in Edo, who doesn't hesitate to use his massive member in the service of justice! The films were adapted from a manga by Kazuo Koike (creator of Lone Wolf and Cub and Lady Snowblood).

Anyhow, a friend in Australia recently sent me these images from the Kamisori Hanzo manga and I thought I'd share: