films seen
7
average score
3.00*
nationality
Japan - 81 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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Solid pieces

Stormy Night

by Gisaburô Sugii
Also known as
Arashi no Yoru Ni
Specifics
2005 / 110m - Japan
Genre
Adventure, Animation
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Stormy Night poster

The Tale of Genji

by Gisaburô Sugii
Also known as
Murasaki Shikibu: Genji Monogatari
Specifics
1987 / 110m - Japan
Genre
Drama, Romance, Animation
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Tale of Genji poster

Extremely stylish and dignified. This old tale draws its inspiration from classic Japanese paintings and folklore, so don't expect a typical anime. Beautifully animated and sporting a superb score, this film is quite a sight to behold. The story is a little too rigid for my liking, but this film definitely deserves wider recognition, because this was quite unique.

Night On the Galactic Railroad

by Gisaburô Sugii
Also known as
Ginga-tetsudo no Yoru
Specifics
1985 / 113m - Japan
Genre
Fantasy, Adventure, Animation
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Night On the Galactic Railroad poster

The inoffensive

The Life of Guskou Budori

by Gisaburô Sugii
Also known as
Guskô Budori no Denki
Specifics
2012 / 108m - Japan
Genre
Animation
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
The Life of Guskou Budori poster

Lupin III: The Legend of Twilight Gemini

by Gisaburô Sugii
Also known as
Rupan Sansei: Towairaito Jemini no Himitsu
Specifics
1996 / 92m - Japan
Genre
Comedy, Adventure, Animation
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rating
3.0*/5.0*
Lupin III: The Legend of Twilight Gemini poster

A Lupin III film helmed by legendary anime director Gisaburô Sugii. You're forgiven if the name doesn't ring a bell, but Sugii directed his fair share of remarkable films. Don't expect him to stray too far from the Lupin III template though, while the film is a tad more explicit than the ones I've seen so far, it's still very much a typical Lupin flick.

Another entry in the Lupin franchise, another treasure to hunt down. This time Lupin has to find the two half of the Twilight Gemini, a jewel that, when united, will reveal the hidden treasure of the Gelt clan. His quest takes him to Morocco, where he'll have to fight off more than a handful of adversaries.

The soundtrack is pleasantly jazzy, the voice acting is solid and even though the animation quality is rather basic, the distinct art style makes it fun to watch. If you've seen a couple of Lupin films you should know what to expect, but with the Lupin franchise that's hardly a negative. Pretty solid entertainment.

Worthy but flawed

Tofu Boy

by Gisaburô Sugii
Also known as
Tôfu Kozô: Sugoroku-dôchu Furidashi
Specifics
2011 / 86m - Japan
Genre
Comedy, Adventure, Animation
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rating
2.5*/5.0*
Tofu Boy poster

Dubious filler

Sheep's Song

by Gisaburô Sugii
Also known as
Hitsuji no Uta
Specifics
2003 / 120m - Japan
Genre
Fantasy, Animation
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Sheep's Song poster