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Jasper Sharp

Jasper Sharp is a writer and curator specialising in Japanese cinema and the co-editor of the website Midnight Eye. His books include Behind the Pink Curtain (2008) and The Historical Dictionary of Japanese Cinema (2011).

He tweets @jaspersharp.

Articles by Jasper Sharp

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  • Where to begin with the Japanese New Wave

    Your next obsession: the rulebook-destroying rebels of the Japanese New Wave.

    Friday, January 27, 2017

    Features

  • 10 great films of 1946

    Raise your glasses to the class of 46 – these 70-year-old classics were highlights from a year when the war was over and box offices boomed.

    Wednesday, December 21, 2016

    Lists

  • From the Magazine

    Film of the week: Sweet Bean

    Of leprosy and pancakes: Jasper Sharp on a low-key three-hander that shows more of the good than the bad of Japan’s perennial outsider director Kawase Naomi.

    Thursday, August 4, 2016

    Reviews and recommendations

  • Washed away: lost films by female directors

    Cinema’s pre-segregated heyday of female filmmaking is sadly also its most hidden from history. Here seven critics nominate lost treasures they hope might yet be rediscovered.

    Friday, October 2, 2015

    Features

  • 10 great really long films

    To watch all of the films on this week’s list, you’ll need over 65 hours. Heralding the release of Lav Diaz’s monumental epic Norte, the End of History, here are 10 film giants that stretch to four hours or (way) beyond.

    Thursday, July 17, 2014

    Lists

  • Ozu vs Godzilla

    With the new Godzilla film and our rerelease of Yasujiro Ozu’s An Autumn Afternoon out in cinemas on the same day, UK audiences are presented with a choice that is decades old in Japanese cinema: arthouse humanism or action and spectacle?

    Friday, May 16, 2014

    Features

  • Free anime: Mizue Mirai, wizard of blobs and blocks

    Japan’s answer to the likes of Oskar Fischinger and Norman McLaren talks to Jasper Sharp about his synaesthetic “cell animation”, why he hand-draws computer-animated lookalikes and his one-man Exquisite corpse-style motion epic Wonder.

    Friday, May 9, 2014

    Interviews

  • Second youth: the golden age of Nikkatsu Studios

    Jasper Sharp on how Japan’s oldest film studio became home to the country’s hippest post-war talents.

    Tuesday, June 4, 2013

    Features

  • Head trip: the animated worlds of Yamamura Kôji

    Ten years ago Yamamura Kôji’s comically surreal Mt. Head put the thriving world of Japanese independent animation on the map. He looks back over his quarter-century career with Jasper Sharp.

    Friday, January 4, 2013

    Interviews

  • The web video of 2012: contributors s-t

    The year’s best online movies, by 16 international correspondents.

    Tuesday, January 1, 2013

    Annual round-ups

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