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Pinku eigu (literally – “pink film”) is a direction in Japanese cinema that exploits the theme of a woman in criminal circumstances, containing a large number of scenes of violence and erotic content. The peak of popularity was in the early 1970s. Sometimes Western film experts completely identify pink eig with films of the Sexploitation category or even with Softcore pornographyruen (“easy” pornography), but the cinema of Europe or America has no real analogues in this direction. “The West does not know anything about these films, and it shouldn’t know”, American film expert Donald Ritchie once said. The term “Pinky” was first coined in 1963 by journalist Murai Minoru, but became common only in the late 1960s. In the early 1970s, Japanese criticism in relation to the features of the projects of various studios began to single out two more related areas – Pinky Continue reading
Yakuza Eyga (Jap. ヤ ク ザ 映 画, literally – gangster cinema) is a Japanese cinema genre dedicated to the yakuza, at different times allowing either heroization or absolute denial of these characters. In the 1960s and the first half of the 1970s, the genre absolutely dominated the film distribution of this country.
The formation of the genre
In the era of silent cinema, films about bakuto, the forerunners of modern yakuza, became widespread in Japan. Most often, the plots were dedicated to fictional or real historical characters, to noble lone robbers who came to the defense of peasants oppressed by the authorities. For example, at least 8 films were dedicated to the semi-legendary hero from the time of the Tokugawa clan Tyuji Continue reading
Japanese composer Joe Hisaishi
Jo Hisaishi (久 石 譲 Hisaishi Jo 🙂 December 6, 1950, Nagano) – one of the most famous Japanese composers. The real name is Mamoru Fujisawa (藤澤 п). Hisaishi Joe is a pseudonym that phonetically mimics the name of the American composer Quincy Jones.
Joe Hisaishi Biography
Hisaishi began playing music at the age of five, taking violin lessons. Hisaishi became interested in musical minimalism, which determined the characteristic sound of his music, while studying at a music college, where he entered in 1969 to study composer. He released his first album, Information, in 1982. In 1983, Hisaishi recommended Hayao Miyazaki to write an accompanying album for the Nausicaa of the Valley of the Winds Continue reading