‘Blade of the Immortal’ an unfinished revisit of bushido

Ever since Hollywood Kung Fu stars such as Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan burst onto the scene in the 1970s, East Asian martial arts has been a novel source of the super-heroism celebrated by contemporary action films. While these films popularize the significance of physical forms in traditional martial arts, their focus on visual gratification leaves […]


On Location: Japan

“Life itself is a proper binge,” Julia Child once famously said. “What are you?” Gordon Ramsay once asked, to which he received the reply, “An idiot sandwich.” Though the two quotes seem incongruous at first, in the 1985 Japanese classic comedy-western “Tampopo,” the Julia Child-esque and the Gordon Ramsay-esque are married into an irreverent love letter to […]


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