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    Project B: Japanese Film Noir

Photography: Here's a series of vintage stills from Japanese film noir

Posted by Maisie Skidmore,

The ominously named Project B have but one aim – to rediscover brilliant vintage photographs and reprint them in limited editions so that people can adorn their houses with images which would, otherwise, have lain undiscovered in dusty treasure chests the world over. It’s a lovely idea, isn’t it?

This 1960s collection took my fancy; the images are taken from the popular cinematic genre of yakuza, a kind of film noir which depicted the lives and activities of the Japanese mafia. The stills were hand-coloured in Japan before being exported and shown in cinemas across Thailand. I’m completely hooked by the surreal mixture of comic surprise and sinister fury in the faces of the characters. And the costumes? Who can say no to a trench coat and black fedora combo? Not I.

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Posted by Maisie Skidmore

Editorial Assistant Maisie joined It’s Nice That fresh out of university in the summer of 2013 and has stayed with us ever since. She has a particular interest in art, fashion and photography and is a regular on our Studio Audience podcast.