T.P. (Thomas) Mes

  • PhD student
  • Japanese Studies

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2171
E-Mail: t.p.mes@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SAS Japan

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2171
E-Mail: t.p.mes@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SAS Japan
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
Matthias de Vrieshof 3
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 0.10

Field of interest

Contemporary Japanese film

PhD research

V-Cinema: Film Production for the Video Market in Japan
Supervisors: Ivo Smits (LIAS) and Peter Verstraten (ICD)

Result of Japan's bubble economy of the 80s and 90s, the V-cinema industry consisted of traditional film studios desperate to survive a dramatic downturn in audience attendance figures and fly-by-night production outfits that often served as fronts for organized crime. Between 1989 and the early 2000s, this industry churned out more than a hundred films a year, all cheaply and quickly produced and mostly destined for video release, bypassing the theatrical circuit. Despite the opportunistic nature of V-cinema production, it formed a training ground for many young filmmakers that have since gone on to become leading film directors and regulars at international festivals such as Cannes, Berlin and Venice. In this way, these filmmakers were a major influence in the shaping of Japanese cinema's image around the world.


B.A. in Communications at Ichthus Hogeschool, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

- MidnightEye.com - editor-in-chief, 2000 - present (http://www.midnighteye.com)
- Extratainment - director of scriptwriting and storyboarding, 1999-2002
- Freelance film critic / journalist, 1996 - present (publications incl. Film Comment, Sight & Sound, De Filmkrant,
- Rue Morgue, Skrien, Fangoria, Kateigaho, Hanatsubaki, IdN)

Dutch (native), English, French, German, Japanese


Re-Agitator: Ten Years of Writing on Takashi Miike,  Guildford: FAB Press, 2011

World Film Locations: Tokyo,
Chris MaGee (ed.), Bristol: Intellect Books, 2011

Thompson, Henrietta, Anders, Antwerp: The House of Books, 2011 (translator) 

“Tetsuo ga tokihotareta! Sekai o kakeru Tsukamoto Shinya" in: Tsukamoto Shinya Dokuhon Super Remix Version, Kobayashi Hikaru (ed.), Tokyo: Kinema Junposha, 2010

Frodon, Jean-Michel (ed.), Cinema and the Shoah, New York: State University of New York Press, 2010 (translator)

“Prefazione” in: Il cinema di Shinya Tsukamoto, Andrea Fontana, Davide Taro, Fabio Zanello (eds.), Piombino: Edizioni Il Foglio, 2010

Tout, Ken, In de schaduw van Arnhem, Rotterdam: BBNC Uitgevers, 2010 (translator)

Huygens, D.J., In het hol van de leeuw: een waargebeurd onderduikverhaal, Rotterdam: BBNC Uitgevers, 2009 (translator)

Dictionnaire du cinéma asiatique
, Adrien Gombeaud (ed.). Paris: Nouveau Monde Editions, 2008

Tokyolife: Art and Design, New York: Rizzoli International, 2008 (with Ian Luna, Lauren A. Gould, Jasper Sharp, Yoshida Mika & David G. Imber)

“Comprendere il caos: il cinema onesto di Kurosawa Kiyoshi” in: Mondi che cadono. Il cinema di Kurosawa Kiyoshi, Giacomo Calorio, Milan: Editrice Il Castoro, 2007

“Generazione Video” in: Anime Perdute: il cinema di Miike Takashi, Dario Tomasi (ed.), Milan: Editrice Il Castoro, 2006

Iron Man: The Films of Shinya Tsukamoto, Godalming: FAB Press, 2005

The Midnight Eye Guide to New Japanese Film, Berkeley: Stone Bridge Press, 2004 (with Jasper Sharp)

“Audition” in: The Cinema of Japan and Korea, Justin Bowyer (red.), London: Wallflower Press, coll. 24 Frames, 2004

Agitator: The Cinema of Takashi Miike, Godalming: FAB Press, 2003

- Key Factor: Music in the Life and Work of Ishii Sogo – SCMS Conference, Josai International University, Tokyo, Japan, 2009
- Tokyo Tabula Rasa - Camera Japan Festival, Rotterdam,The Netherlands, 2008
- Miike Takashi vs. Tsukamoto Shinya: Main event in Japan’s genre film arena? – University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, USA, 2008
- V-Cinema - Nippon Connection Festival, Frankfurt, Germany, 2004

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