BFI Nikkatsu Film Season

Yujiro IshiharaThe BFI have a season of films from the Nikkatsu Film Studio’s glory days in the fifties and sixties, starting on 1st June, and I just know you won’t be able to make up your mind which ones to go and see without my advice. So here it is in two words: Yujiro Ishihara. Don’t know who he is? He’s the Japanese Elvis Presley, the man whose untimely death broke a million hearts.  Continue reading

Poets of the Dark – Benshi Film Narrators

Ozu - Walk CheerfullyIf you’re a BFI member there’s a treat in store for you tomorrow (Monday 22 April). They’e showing Yasujiro Ozu’s silent film, Walk Cheerfully, an early gangster movie, accompanied by a benshi performance from Tomoko Komura. Continue reading