TORICO is a director, fashion designer and blogger. Her first short film, “Mikagami” (2004) received great reviews after its screening in Fantasia International Film Festival and Yubari, and was later screened at festivals all around the world.  In 2006, she made her debut feature film, “Ikerushinibana”, which was again screened in festivals around the world garnering very positive reactions. Her latest film “Midori: The Camelia Girl” is based on the infamous ero guro manga, “Shojo Tsubaki” by Suehiro Maruo. TORICO has also published a photobook, has her own blog about fashion on Numero Tokyo, is the director and designer of the Mewee Dinkeee brand, and the founder of the Chiyuri Association.

Here are her top five Japanese films, in random order

1. Memories of Matsuko (Tetsuya Nakashima, 2006)

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2. Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa, 1952)

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3. Funuke Show Some Love, You Losers! (Daihachi Yoshida, 2007) 

 

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4. Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa, 1954) 

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5. Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa, 1950) 

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My name is Panos Kotzathanasis and I am Greek. Being a fan of Asian cinema and especially of Chinese kung fu and Japanese samurai movies since I was a little kid, I cultivated that love during my adolescence, to extend to the whole of SE Asia. Starting from my own blog in Greek, I then moved on to write for some of the major publications in Greece, and in a number of websites dealing with (Asian) cinema, such as Taste of Cinema, Hancinema, EasternKicks, Chinese Policy Institute, and of course, Asian Movie Pulse. in which I still continue to contribute. In the beginning of 2017, I launched my own website, Asian Film Vault, which I merged in 2018 with Asian Movie Pulse, creating the most complete website about the Asian movie industry, as it deals with the almost every country from East and South Asia, and definitely all genres. You can follow me on Facebook and Twitter.