H-JAPAN (E): representations of blacknesS, Japanese & Korean Cinema

Jasper Sharp jasper_sharp at hotmail.com
Fri Aug 28 11:37:56 EDT 2009

I should also add the particularly sickening parody of ganguro subculture in the new splatter film currently doing the cult film circuit rounds, Vampire Girl vs Frankenstein Girl.

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Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2009 11:18:05 -0400
From: herlands at umich.edu
To: KineJapan at lists.acs.ohio-state.edu
Subject: Re: H-JAPAN (E): representations of blacknesS, Japanese & Korean  Cinema

I'd also recommend the film adaptation of Murakami Ryû’s Almost Transparent Blue (1979, Kitty films, available only on VHS and in Japan as far as I know). Murakami also directed, and this seems to have been Mitamura Kunio’s screen debut. 
The film includes black and white soldiers from Yokota Air Base, starkly differentiated, as well as young men and women supposed to be of Japanese, Korean, and “mixed-blood” descent, all cavorting about in the sex-n-drugs-filled backwater of Fussa, Tokyo-to.
I haven't found much information on the African American characters in the film, though would be interested to learn more about Alexander ?Easely, who sings the original song “Queen of Eastern Blues” at the start of an orgy.
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