Kwaidan

Kwaidan (1964)

Kwaidan first published by Little White Lies, as entry 102 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column Kwaidan opens with ink: first black ink swirling in clear liquid (on a white background), and then vortices of different colours, eddying and mixing into rich chromatic layers. This credit sequence (intercut with cast and crew names typewritten on quality…

Harakiri

Harakiri (Seppuku) (1962)

Harakiri first published by Little White Lies The year is 1630, three decades after the battle of Sekigahara has ended the Civil War between Japan’s different feudal Clans, paving the way for an era of prolonged peace under the Tokugawa Shogunate. But this peace comes at a price. Many of the old Clans have been…