Category Archives: Crime fiction and film from Japan

Pulp Friday: spy pulp part 2, Assignment Asia

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of James Bond, last week’s Pulp Friday was a selection of spy themed pulp covers. This week’s post takes us to one of the main battlegrounds for pulp spies in the sixties and seventies – … Continue reading

Blackmail Is My Life

A couple of nights ago I finally got around to viewing a film that’s been on my must-watch pile of DVDs for ages, Kinji Fukasaku’s Blackmail Is My Life. Regular Pulp Curry readers will know I have a bit of a … Continue reading

Street Mobster

Kinji Fukasaku’s Street Mobster focuses on the short, fast life of Isamu Okita (Bunta Sugawara), a chinpira or low–level street punk with no firm gang allegiance, trying to carve out a criminal living in an unknown Japanese city sometime after World War … Continue reading

Yakuza Graveyard (and the start of my journey into Japanese crime cinema)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQescaayJdA

For someone who hosts a blog on crime fiction and film from Australia and Asia, I have to admit I’ve seen very few Japanese Yakuza films. Indeed, one of my New Year resolutions for 2011 is to make some serious … Continue reading

Mr Fuller goes to Tokyo

Sam Fuller’s 1955 movie House of Bamboo isn’t one of the greatest film noirs ever made but it’s in there for one of the most interesting, and despite its flaws I have found myself watching it over again. All the elements … Continue reading