In this episode, we review Seijun Suzuki’s 1966 gangster pastiche Tokyo Drifter and talk about his famous run-in with Nikkatsu around the time. To keep with the theme, we have our own UK drifter, VCinema blog lead writer John “Boom Boom” Berra, traipse into the studio for a summer visit away from his post in China. We talk about John’s stay in China, our homebrewed controversies involving the country of Taiwan (which you can also read about here: http://bit.ly/Mt6PCU), NYAFF and Japan Cuts and a whole lot more.
And, speaking of summer, The VCinema Show will be taking its own summer vacation for a couple of months. We will, however, be back in the fall so keep you eyes on the blog for coverage of cinema from around Asia.
Direct link: Episode 45
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Jon Jung (aka “Coffin Jon”) is the producer and host of the VCinema podcast and editor-in-chief of the VCinema blog. He is an avid movie fan who specializes in Japanese cinema, but enjoys everything from artsy high-brow to mega-billion blockbusters to straight-to-video turds. As an Asian-American, he got the best of all cinematic worlds as a child by receiving mega-doses of Ozu, Bruce Lee, Kamen Rider, and American drive-in movies in addition to a steady diet of punk rock, Japanese literature, and Buddhism. He spent six years in Japan as an English teacher and translator. In 2004, he returned to the United States to complete his Masters in Language Education and continue his career as a language educator and cultural anthropologist with a focus on language policy and language shift. Jon is a former Myrle Clark Award recipient for excellence in creative writing and has contributed to World Film Locations: Tokyo (Intellect, 2011).