Suicide Circle Music

A young daughter, around four years old, watches a pop idol group cheerfully perform on tv with her father. Meanwhile in the kitchen, we see her mother dutifully preparing dinner, chopping up vegetables. The upbeat song audio continues as the daughter goes to check on dinner and ask her mother a question. The mom continues […]

Mandrake Japan

Why wallow in filth and degradation when there’s so much beauty in Japan? Why spend time in a porn store in Kyoto instead of The Museum of Ikebana, studying the art of flower arrangement? Because it’s fun, that’s why. It’s great to gawk at outrageous dirty things, plus it’s interesting at the same time to […]

Japanese Disco Music Feature

With a record like “FFA” by The Leather Nun containing lyrics like “I shoved my greased fist right up to your prostate” and “shit on my knuckles, pain up the ass for you” we are talking about punk, right? Twanging guitars, synthesizers recorded way too upfront and subject matters such as bestiality and shooting heroin? […]

Modern day J-horror traces its origins back to Japanese folklore and Kabuki plays, The Ghost of Yotsuya can be seen as an intermediate stage in the development of the field itself. In the movie, our protagonist is a rather short-tempered and gullible young rōnin named Iemon. It is early 19th century Japan and he is […]

*Trigger Warning: Suicide. Self Harm. Overgrown Millennial Nerds.* Konnichiwa! Bonjour! Oi! Hey you! Yeah you, Straight Outta Kanto! What d’ya think you’re doing still playing Pokémon!? You’re an adult! Pokémon is a children’s game! But… what if the only safe time to play Pokémon is as an adult? What, you think that’s an excuse to […]