Japanorama: Season 1

Japanorama is hands down the most interesting documentary series I’ve ever seen. What exactly is Japanorama you ask?

A BBC Choice programme where presenter Jonathan Ross travels to Japan to explore Japan’s current popular culture, and how it came to be that way. Based on Jonathan Ross’s love for all things Japanese, Japanorama takes the viewer through post-war Japan, showing it’s amazing rise from the ashes of war in movies, TV-shows, anime, manga and more.

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And throughout these episodes Jonathan Ross gets to sit down and talk to some really interesting people. Hayao Miyazaki, Takashi Miike, and Takeshi Kitano anyone? If you love Japan even remotely as much as I do (which is quite a lot though I must warn you) I really recommend this series.

Check it out on YouTube.

Episode 1: Science Fiction
- “Ultraman”, with interview with the director. A long interesting feature.
- “Tetsuo: The iron man” (1998). Interview with director.
- Games, interview with the CEO of UGA.
- Etiquette: How to enter a room.
- Astro boy (1963), and Akira. Short features.
- “Ghost in the shell” and “Avalon”, interview with director (Mamoru Oshii)
- Robot pets, and robotpeople.
- I.K.U., a movie on hi-tech sex.

Episode 2: Entertainment
- “Water boys”
- “Cupheads”
- Etiquette: How to laugh.
- JPOP Idols
- Interview with Hideaki Anno but mostly footage from the live movie “Love and Pop” (1998).
- “Hostbed” , this is how internet was meant to be.
- A interview with Miyazaki. Loads of footage.
- Battle Royale

Episode 3: Sex
- “Warm water under a red bridge”,
- “Paradise TV”, 24 hour erotic stuff.
- “The realm of the senses”. Interview with directors etc.
- “Kings of pink”, a bunch of offbeat erotica/artsy movies.
- Etiquette: Chopsticks!
- Arousing anime! Starts of with “Plastic Little” (1994).
- “Legend of the overfiend” (1989). tentacles!
- “Figure” (2001), cosplay with masks.
- “Tokyo Decadence”, back to mainstream SM erotica.

Episode 4: Yakuza
- “Tokyo drifter” (1966)
- “Branded to kill” (1967)
- “Brother” (2000), interview with Takeshi Kitano
- Etiquette: How to exchange business cards.
- Interview with the director Takashi Miike. “City of lost souls” (2000), “Audition” (1999), “Ichi the killer” (2001)
- Reality TV, “Crybaby”. Interview with producer and winner.
- Pizzicato 5, interview.
- Defining the difference between anime and cartoons. “The professional: Golgo 13″ (1983)

Episode 5: Swords
- Manga. “Lone wolf & cub”. Interview with “Kazuo Koike”. Excerpts from live movies.
- Etiquette: How to bow
- “Zatoichi and the one armed swordsman” (1971)
- “Samurai Fiction” (1998), interview with director. “Red shadow”.
- “Ninja scroll”
- Breadman
- “Onibaba” (1964)
- Kanasisters (???)
- “Supercar”/”White surf style no.5″.
- “Seven Samurai” (1954)
- “Yojimno” (1961), hosts favourite from Akira.

Episode 6: Horror
- Interview with an architects, and godzilla actors.
- Etiquette: Numbers
- “Kwaidan” (1964)
- “Scarecrow” (2001)
- “St.John’s Wort” (2001)
- “Ring” (1998), interview with the director. and “Ring 2″
- “Barefoot Gen” (1983), interview with writer.
- JUNKO MIZUNO, interview
- Interview with “Dir en grey” and fans

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