Giant Steps

By Howard Hampton

On Giants and Toys, Masumura’s gaudy satire of a profit-mad, postwar Japan.

Giants and Toys


Is It a Breakthrough? (The Modernists of Japanese Film)

By Nagisa Ōshima

Nagisa Ōshima’s 1958 assessment of the rebellious crop of filmmakers then-emerging in Japan—including one Yasuzô Masumura.

Red Angel


The Intellectual and Sociopolitical Exploitations of Yasuzô Masumura

By Jonathan Rosenbaum

A look at the films of iconoclastic Japanese director Yasuzô Masumura.