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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.
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Your 10-film introduction to the Ozu Cinematic Universe… from Tokyo Story to An Autumn Afternoon.
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Where to begin with Kon Ichikawa
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A celebration of Anna May Wong in six films
She blazed a path for Chinese actresses in Hollywood and Europe in the silent and early sound era, yet Anna May Wong’s extraordinary legacy has only recently begun to get its dues.
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