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Behind the Pink Curtain takes the reader on a wild joy ride deep into the hinterlands of Japanese culture, society and radical politics by way of the weird but wonderful world of the Pink Film and Roman Porno genres. Behind the Pink Curtain focuses on the art and industry of one of the most notorious sectors of Japanese filmmaking, the erotic Pink Film, or pinku eiga genre ...more
Paperback, 415 pages
Published November 3rd 2008 by FAB Press (first published September 18th 2008)
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Miguel Arsénio
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
So dense with information that any future book about such a specific subject will have to be compared to this mighty study. This is quite an unavoidable tome for anyone trying to look deeper into erotic cinema. (I should say I skipped the last two chapters only because recent pink doesn't interest me all that much) ...more
Panagiotis Kotzathanasis
Apr 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Allow me to begin this review with a personal note. Among the plethora of books about (Asian) cinema I have read, this one is definitely one of the better ones, if not the best. The combination of research and context (just mentioning all the topics Jasper Sharp examines here would fill a small book), the quality of personal comments, the language, and the overall illustration of the FAB Press edition, which is filled with film stills, posters etc, including a rather impressive middle section as ...more
Riar
Jun 28, 2020 rated it liked it
A mammoth and literally completed study of sex cinema in Japan. From eroduction, ama films, to the latest absurdity of 21st century Pink film. The historical fact of politically conscious pink filmmakers in 60's (Wakamatsu Pro and its sympathy towards global radical left) and late 80's (shitennō as a movement) is such a good read it makes whatever happened before 60's, in between 60's and 80's, and after 80's in the Japanese sex cinema is boring in comparison—I have to skim it. In total, I proba ...more
Tom Newth
Feb 15, 2016 rated it liked it
a remarkable feat of research and collation, clearly presented and well- contextualized (although with an exaggerated tendency to synopsise). surely it won't be bettered (even if it misses out on the interesting end of wakamatsu's career) ...more
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Jasper Sharp was born in and raised in the rural idyll of Devon, England, though has subsequently gone on to live in Montreal, Amsterdam, Finland, and Tokyo and has travelled extensively over four different continents. As well as curating the Japanese program of London's Raindance Film Festival, his writings on film have appeared in publications all over the world, from the US to Russia to Taiwan, ...more

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