My Top Movies and TV Shows

This post provides a list of my favourite movies/TV programmes. It is based on the ratings that I have given them on IMDb. Given that IMDb hasn’t been around as long as I have, I suspect that there are many titles that I have forgotten to add – they may get added in due course….

The JL123 Crash and Manga – Recreating Iconic Images

Following on from my post about the manga Kurosagi Shitai Takuhaibin and The JL123 Crash and Manga – Unsolved Crime, this post will be discussing another manga in relation to the JL123 plane crash. The book, published in 2010, is Osutakayama-no-Atsui Natsu (御巣鷹山の暑い夏) (‘the hot summer on Mount Osutaka’). The titles reflects the popular, but…

“One-no-Kanata-ni” (“Beyond The Ridge”) – Linking 3/11 and JL123

The next of my posts about movies which I studied for my article “Disaster Narratives by Design: Is Japan Different?” is about One-no-Kanatani (尾根のかなたに), translated into English “Beyond the Ridge”, but also known as “Inseparable Souls: Fathers, Sons, and The Crash of JAL123”. This TV drama is the third story, after Climber’s High and Shizumanu…

“Shizumanu Taiyo” – Japan’s Best Disaster Narrative

The next of my posts about movies which I studied for my article “Disaster Narratives by Design: Is Japan Different?” is about Shizumanu Taiyo (沈まぬ太陽). As mentioned in my post about Titanic, the 2016 version of Shizumanu Taiyo has the highest average on IMDb out of all the disaster narratives that were included in my…