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Two linked stories, both revolving around a deadly female assassin. In "Hotel Harbour View," a Japanese expatriate in Hong Kong spends his time drinking whisky, photographing a high class prostitute and waiting for death at the hands of the assassin he knows is coming for him. In "Brief Encounter," a notorious Parisian assassin is himself marked for assassination and his h Two linked stories, both revolving around a deadly female assassin. In "Hotel Harbour View," a Japanese expatriate in Hong Kong spends his time drinking whisky, photographing a high class prostitute and waiting for death at the hands of the assassin he knows is coming for him. In "Brief Encounter," a notorious Parisian assassin is himself marked for assassination and his hunter is no stranger to him.


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Two linked stories, both revolving around a deadly female assassin. In "Hotel Harbour View," a Japanese expatriate in Hong Kong spends his time drinking whisky, photographing a high class prostitute and waiting for death at the hands of the assassin he knows is coming for him. In "Brief Encounter," a notorious Parisian assassin is himself marked for assassination and his h Two linked stories, both revolving around a deadly female assassin. In "Hotel Harbour View," a Japanese expatriate in Hong Kong spends his time drinking whisky, photographing a high class prostitute and waiting for death at the hands of the assassin he knows is coming for him. In "Brief Encounter," a notorious Parisian assassin is himself marked for assassination and his hunter is no stranger to him.

54 review for Hotel Harbour View

  1. 5 out of 5

    Psicologorroico

    Continua la mia scoperta del maestro Taniguchi. In questo caso si tratta di un volume con una tematica completamente nuova per me nel mondo del fumetto: omicidio. Sono delle storie brevi crude e di impatto, con riferimenti alla prostituzione, alla mafia, alla vendetta... e in ultima analisi, la morte. Non so bene come commentare perché non è niente il mio genere; tuttavia per completezza mi sembrava giusto leggere tutto di Taniguchi.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Created about 10 years earlier than Taniguchi's Benkei in New York, and about 10 times more affecting. Taniguchi's art is extraordinary in both, so we have to credit the writing: Jinpachi Mori's empty revenge narratives have nothing on Natsuo Sekikawa's elegant pas de deux. Sekikawa's stories of sexual nostalgia, melancholy gunfights, and sweet Hawaiian shirts share DNA with the early Wong Kar-wai: Falling Angels, Days of Being Wild. It's irresistible. I haven't read enough crime manga to know i Created about 10 years earlier than Taniguchi's Benkei in New York, and about 10 times more affecting. Taniguchi's art is extraordinary in both, so we have to credit the writing: Jinpachi Mori's empty revenge narratives have nothing on Natsuo Sekikawa's elegant pas de deux. Sekikawa's stories of sexual nostalgia, melancholy gunfights, and sweet Hawaiian shirts share DNA with the early Wong Kar-wai: Falling Angels, Days of Being Wild. It's irresistible. I haven't read enough crime manga to know if they get much better than this, but I doubt it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Maricruz

    Cuando más me gusta Jiro Taniguchi es cuando hace Sus Cosas, esos mangas con historias de una belleza apacible y algo melancólica como Barrio lejano, El caminante, El olmo del Cáucaso... También tiene colaboraciones muy interesantes (sus cómics sobre alpinismo están muy bien), pero esta con Natsuo Sekikawa, Hotel Harbour View, no me ha parecido de las mejores. Son historias cortas de tipo noir, recorridas por la presencia, marginal o de más protagonismo, de una asesina a sueldo. Se leen con rapi Cuando más me gusta Jiro Taniguchi es cuando hace Sus Cosas, esos mangas con historias de una belleza apacible y algo melancólica como Barrio lejano, El caminante, El olmo del Cáucaso... También tiene colaboraciones muy interesantes (sus cómics sobre alpinismo están muy bien), pero esta con Natsuo Sekikawa, Hotel Harbour View, no me ha parecido de las mejores. Son historias cortas de tipo noir, recorridas por la presencia, marginal o de más protagonismo, de una asesina a sueldo. Se leen con rapidez pero suenan a relatos de ese género contados ya demasiadas veces. Podría decirse que les falta chicha. A no ser que por chicha se entienda carne turgente de señoras estupendas y desnuditas, porque de eso en este manga hay de sobra.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sidonie

    Pas très objective quand il s'agit de Taniguchi... J'ai beaucoup aimé ce recueil de nouvelles noires. Dans la 1ère vie de Ta iguchi, des histoires de privés, de meurtres et de bastons. Une réussite. Pas très objective quand il s'agit de Taniguchi... J'ai beaucoup aimé ce recueil de nouvelles noires. Dans la 1ère vie de Ta iguchi, des histoires de privés, de meurtres et de bastons. Une réussite.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Antonis Lamnatos

    Two stories of deathly love in ultra-sharp noir, straight to the point.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Wally Xie

    I happened to remember about this one when mulling over out-of-print manga I should have not given away that are now difficult to obtain. I read this years ago on the recommendation of a friend, maybe in 2006 or 2007 at this point. It was my first introduction to anything illustrated by Jiro Taniguchi. I would come to find that I much preferred works where Jiro Taniguchi was responsible for the overarching narrative. Jiro Taniguchi's art was beautiful, and I much would have preferred this with n I happened to remember about this one when mulling over out-of-print manga I should have not given away that are now difficult to obtain. I read this years ago on the recommendation of a friend, maybe in 2006 or 2007 at this point. It was my first introduction to anything illustrated by Jiro Taniguchi. I would come to find that I much preferred works where Jiro Taniguchi was responsible for the overarching narrative. Jiro Taniguchi's art was beautiful, and I much would have preferred this with no dialog. If this was a noir assassin version of "Walking Man" or "Furari," that would have been rad. I found Natsuo Sekikawa's two narratives graphene-thin and derivative. The narratives seemed like an attempt at a mish-mash homage to noir and assassin films and comics (I regard those to actually be somewhat different, though related genres; noir films can have assassins and assassin films can have noir-ish vibes, but the underlying atmosphere and vibe of each genre are very different). However, I felt that the writing lacked the energy and zest for promotion to homage and was at the level of corny, half-hearted pastiche. For me, "Hotel Harbour View" is a reminder that some individual variation and remixing is necessary to contribute the energy necessary for an entertaining homage-filled work (see "Murcielago" for a work that collages cliches, but does so in an energetic, fresh fashion. The Hotel Harbour View chapters lacked identifiable freshness, and maybe part of the reason for that had to do with the brevity of the stories. But perhaps this was just a short diversion for Sekikawa and Taniguchi from their other projects going on at the time, which is fine. That said, I still wish I did not give this away those years ago. Taniguchi's art is always distinguished, and I think I would be able to enjoy flipping through the pages of the oversized volume as an artbook. This is something that will assuredly never be released again in English; out-of-print, translated manga just gets so scarce from the lower print runs.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Finestrelle2020

    Jiro Taniguchi è un artista. Splendido illustratore, dà il meglio di sé con le storie intime, quotidiane; quando si occupa di storie maggiormente animate, solitamente è per dar vita alla sceneggiatura di altri autori e qui il valore dell'opera viene inevitabilmente condizionato da quest'ultima. Il sempre ottimo Taniguchi, pertanto, vede un po' sminuita la valutazione dalla qualità degli autori che, solitamente, anche se bravi non riescono a raggiungere il sublime come il senpai. Come in questo c Jiro Taniguchi è un artista. Splendido illustratore, dà il meglio di sé con le storie intime, quotidiane; quando si occupa di storie maggiormente animate, solitamente è per dar vita alla sceneggiatura di altri autori e qui il valore dell'opera viene inevitabilmente condizionato da quest'ultima. Il sempre ottimo Taniguchi, pertanto, vede un po' sminuita la valutazione dalla qualità degli autori che, solitamente, anche se bravi non riescono a raggiungere il sublime come il senpai. Come in questo caso.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Estrella

    Interesante colaboración entre Taniguchi y Sekikawa con guión del francés Alain Saumon, muy noir.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sinistre

    I am thinking this is one of best Jiro's artwork but the entire manga was kinda messy :/ I am thinking this is one of best Jiro's artwork but the entire manga was kinda messy :/

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kittyzz

  11. 5 out of 5

    Todd Little

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alex

  13. 4 out of 5

    Matteo Franza

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tjornina

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Horrocks

  16. 5 out of 5

    Giorgia Martoglio

  17. 5 out of 5

    velocityzen

  18. 4 out of 5

    Silvia

  19. 5 out of 5

    Vesko Jovović

  20. 4 out of 5

    Matthias

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jefferson Garcia

  22. 4 out of 5

    Embat

  23. 5 out of 5

    Davidh

  24. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

  25. 4 out of 5

    Robert Boyd

  26. 4 out of 5

    Elisa

  27. 4 out of 5

    Yev

  28. 5 out of 5

    Berna Labourdette

  29. 5 out of 5

    Oldcharlie55

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marissa

  31. 5 out of 5

    Sean

  32. 5 out of 5

    Julaybib

  33. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Mills

  34. 4 out of 5

    Lepinkäinen

  35. 4 out of 5

    Mcvane

  36. 4 out of 5

    Jonah

  37. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  38. 5 out of 5

    Stephen Williamson

  39. 4 out of 5

    Joshua

  40. 4 out of 5

    Nicke

  41. 4 out of 5

    Nekomancer

  42. 4 out of 5

    Lainey Oliveira

  43. 4 out of 5

    Ari

  44. 5 out of 5

    Stacie

  45. 4 out of 5

    Kate

  46. 4 out of 5

    Leaveit Tome

  47. 4 out of 5

    Manuel Domínguez

  48. 5 out of 5

    Dakota

  49. 5 out of 5

    Scotticus

  50. 4 out of 5

    Paul

  51. 4 out of 5

    Rasheed Knox

  52. 5 out of 5

    Secret Name

  53. 4 out of 5

    Andy Burkholder

  54. 5 out of 5

    Droydicus Malojan

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