I started Kino 893 because I was trying to keep a record as I began to explore Japanese film in greater depth. I was someone who had spent a significant chunk of their adult life either living in or studying Japan, but Japanese cinema was a blind spot for me beyond a handful of films. This was a personal project to broaden my horizons and expand my knowledge of world cinema.
I’m a British writer living in Leeds. When I’m not watching Japanese films, I’m playing videogames, watching sumo wrestling, or going climbing.
Why ‘Kino 893’?
Calling a site about film ‘Kino’ might seem obvious, but what’s with the numbers? That’s easy to explain, too: some of my favourite Japanese movies (and games) are about the yakuza, the organised criminals of Japan. Kinji Fukasaku’s Battles Without Honor and Humanity, Takeshi Kitano’s Outrage, Ryū ga Gotoku Studio’s Yakuza series. The word “yakuza” is said to be derived from a losing hand in a card game called oicho-kabu, 8-9-3, which can be read as “ya-ku-za” in Japanese.