Kagawa Kyoko on the cover of 映画ファン

Kagawa Kyoko on the cover of 映画ファン

Creatures the World Forgot(原始人100万年)(1971; Don Chaffey)

Creatures the World Forgot
(原始人100万年)
(1971; Don Chaffey)

tamazo2:

リバーサイドながら(1979~1980)
大阪市北区
2014

tamazo2:

リバーサイドながら(1979~1980)

大阪市北区

2014

Fate is the Hunter(1964; Ralph Nelson)

Fate is the Hunter
(1964; Ralph Nelson)

"I quickly became accustomed to the life of a loner and a drifter. And like a drifter I would spend each evening wandering around the livelier parts of Osaka. But even when I went off on these expeditions to Shinsaibashi or the area around Dotombori, it was not so much as the main thoroughfares that attracted me, with their glowing streetlamps in fanciful designs, their brightly shining storefront chandeliers and colorful neon signs. I preferred strolling along the darker back streets, where a candle flickered or a stick of incense stood smoldering in front of a streetside Jizo shrine, where in the upstairs room of some lattice-fronted house a naked light bulb shone dimly over the top of a mosquito net, or a desk lamp cast its glow on a work bench where someone was repairing clocks."

[Oda, pg. 133.]

[Oda, Sakunosuke. “The State of the Times.” Stories of Osaka Life. Trans. Burton Watson. New York and Tokyo: Weatherhill, 1990.]

Born to Win(生き残るヤツ)(1971; Ivan Passer)

Born to Win
(生き残るヤツ)
(1971; Ivan Passer)

いのち・ぼうにふろう(Inochi bō ni furō aka Inn of Evil aka At the Risk of My Life)(1971; Kobayashi Masaki)

いのち・ぼうにふろう
(Inochi bō ni furō aka Inn of Evil aka At the Risk of My Life)
(1971; Kobayashi Masaki)

津軽じょんがら節(Tsugaru Folk Song)(1973; Saitō Kōichi)

津軽じょんがら節
(
Tsugaru Folk Song)
(1973;
Saitō Kōichi)

わらび餅

[Via yjmrf10.]

This video is for me as essential as that last footage of the Tasmanian Tiger or the final photographs of the Japanese Wolf (Canis lupus hodophilax), not simply because it tugs at the strings of nostalgia but because it proves a point. The warabimochi jingle was a topic of some contention between myself and some friends born late in the Showa Era; this video while not up to the standards of quality I’d hope it to be, still proves a point that such trucks and their songs did (and do) exist.

Get Carter(狙撃者)(1971; Mike Hodges)

Get Carter
(狙撃者)
(1971; Mike Hodges)


    Parker said, “You people have forty-five thousand dollars of my money. You’ll give it to me.”    Mr. Carter shook his head. “The request would never be approved. The organization would certainly decline to-“    Parker interrupted. “The funnies call it the syndicate. The goons and hustlers call it the Outfit. You call it the organization. I hope you people have fun with your words. But I don’t care if you call yourselves the Red Cross, you owe me forty-five thousand dollars and you’ll pay me back whether you like it or not.”

    Parker said, “You people have forty-five thousand dollars of my money. You’ll give it to me.”

    Mr. Carter shook his head. “The request would never be approved. The organization would certainly decline to-“

    Parker interrupted. “The funnies call it the syndicate. The goons and hustlers call it the Outfit. You call it the organization. I hope you people have fun with your words. But I don’t care if you call yourselves the Red Cross, you owe me forty-five thousand dollars and you’ll pay me back whether you like it or not.”

It is foolish and childish, on the face of it, to affiliate ourselves with anything so insignificant and patently contrived and commercially exploitative as a professional sports team, and the amused superiority and icy scorn that the non-fan directs at the sports nut (I know this look—I know it by heart) is understandable and almost unanswerable. Almost. What is left out of this calculation, it seems to me, is the business of caring—caring deeply and passionately, really caring—which is a capacity or an emotion that has almost gone out of our lives. And so it seems possible that we have come to a time when it no longer matters so much what the caring is about, how frail or foolish is the object of that concern, as long as the feeling itself can be saved. Naïveté—the infantile and ignoble joy that sends a grown man or woman to dancing and shouting with joy in the middle of the night over the haphazardous flight of a distant ball—seems a small price to pay for such a gift.
Roger Angell, from “Agincourt and After” (1975)
État de Siège(戒厳令)(State of Siege)(1972; Costa-Gavras)

État de Siège
(戒厳令)
(State of Siege)
(1972; Costa-Gavras)

戒厳令(Coup d’Etat aka Martial Law)(1973; Yoshida Yoshishige) 

戒厳令
(Coup d’Etat aka Martial Law)
(1973; Yoshida Yoshishige)