What is Chambara?

Introduction Chanbara (チャンバラ), also commonly spelled “chambara”, meaning “sword fighting” movies, denotes the Japanese film genre called samurai cinema in English and is roughly equivalent to Western western (genre) and swashbuckler films. Chanbara is a sub-category of jidaigeki, which equates to period drama. Jidaigeki may refer to a story set in a historical period, though… Read More

On This Day … 07 September

Events 1927 – The first fully electronic television system is achieved by Philo Farnsworth. 2019 – Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and 66 others are released in a prisoner exchange between Ukraine and Russia. People (Births) 1855 – William Friese-Greene, English photographer, director, and cinematographer (d. 1921). 1894 – George Waggner, American actor, director, and producer… Read More

On This Day … 06 September

Events 1642 – England’s Parliament bans public stage-plays. People (Births) 1885 – Otto Kruger, American actor (d. 1974). 1890 – Clara Kimball Young, American actress and producer (d. 1960). 1909 – Michael Gordon, American actor and director (d. 1993). 1917 – John Berry, American-French actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1999). 1925 – Andrea Camilleri,… Read More

On This Day … 05 September

People (Births) 1912 – Frank Thomas, American voice actor, animator, and screenwriter (d. 2004). 1916 – Frank Shuster, Canadian comedian, actor, and screenwriter (d. 2002). 1918 – Luis Alcoriza, Mexican actor, director, and screenwriter (d. 1992). 1920 – Fons Rademakers, Dutch-Swiss actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 2007). 1921 – Jack Valenti, American businessman, created… Read More