Black Sun (1964) is the fourth film in Eclipse Series 28: The Warped World of Koreyoshi Kurahara and probably his masterwork. It seems like a companion to his earlier intense, high energy youth inspired film, The Warped Ones. In this film Akira (Mei) (Tamio Kawachi who also starred in The Warped Ones) is squatting in an abandoned church getting by as a petty criminal with a passion for American jazz. A black American soldier on the run, Gil (Chico Roland), decides to hole up in Akira's squat and welcomes a black America, of which he identifies with jazz. However, the American cannot speak Japanese and bullies the captive without understanding his compliance. The film works despite Roland's strange whisper -like delivery of his lines. There are some interesting racial semantics that ensue as the two try to come to terms with each other. One episode results in Mei donning blackface while putting Gil in whiteface in order to evade capture. The tone is set during the introduction to the film that features an inspired piece of music by Max Roach, who was responsible for the score, and an impressive vocal performance. Throughout the film there are various camera techniques that were effectively used: high angle bird's eye views, hand held cameras that give a documentary feel , as well as exquisite framing in the decaying church that was apparently a true location that was torn down in Shibuya during the filming of the movie. The backseat camera of Mei driving through the city was also impressive. This is one of the best postwar Japanese films of the 60s on par with classics like Woman in the Dunes and The Insect Woman.