Giovanni Fazio

Giovanni Fazio has been The Japan Times’ resident film crank since 1993. When not at the movies, he is busy recording and playing live with his band Makyo and running the independent electronica label Dakini Records.

For Giovanni Fazio's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

'Smoke': the movie that blazed a trail for indies

Dec 7, 2016

'Smoke': the movie that blazed a trail for indies

Just in time for Christmas, Yebisu Garden Cinema is reviving a film that was one of the cinema’s biggest hits in the 1990s, director Wayne Wang’s “Smoke,” in a crisp new digital remastered version. Watching it again after all these years, it’s hard not ...

'Tale of Tales': Do we need fables for adults?

Nov 30, 2016

'Tale of Tales': Do we need fables for adults?

The current ideological system that governs our lives — call it late capitalism, the spectacle, or just Babylon — is most devious in its ability to take any and all resistance, any deviance from the hamster wheel of consumerism, and repackage it as just ...

The diversity of religion captured on film

| Nov 30, 2016

The diversity of religion captured on film

Reflecting on the rise of a generation of Japanese that has grown up suspicious of organized religion — particularly those who came of age in the shadow of 1995’s terror attacks by the Aum Shinrikyo cult — Nihon University’s College of Art has put ...

The gritty side of Polish film

| Nov 23, 2016

The gritty side of Polish film

European cinema lost one of its greats in October, when Polish director Andrzej Wajda passed away at the age of 90. Wajda, perhaps best known for his 1981 Cannes Palme d’Or winner “Man of Iron,” had a long association with Japan, being awarded both ...

'Heart of a Dog': Living with the heartbreak of loss

Oct 26, 2016

'Heart of a Dog': Living with the heartbreak of loss

I wake up on a Sunday and my friend is gone. Cancer. I had known, but it was sudden. Memories of her come in a rush, accompanied by old photos re-shared, emails lingering deep in the inbox, a handwritten note. Her absence — the ...

| Oct 26, 2016

Staring into the 'Black Mirror'

After two short seasons on British broadcaster Channel 4, the near-future techno-dystopian sci-fi series “Black Mirror” moves to Netflix, with a bigger budget and more episodes. For those who have yet to go through the looking glass, a short description would be ” ‘The ...

A cinematic view from overseas

Oct 19, 2016

A cinematic view from overseas

The 29th edition of the TIFF, like every other festival, has suffered from content bloat over the years, but scanning the schedule carefully is worth the effort. A good place to start is usually the World Focus section; this category doesn’t require that films ...

Feel the Latin film beat

| Oct 12, 2016

Feel the Latin film beat

The Latin Beat Film Festival enters its 13th year, offering cinephiles in Tokyo, Osaka and Yokohama a chance to check out the latest in Spanish-language cinema with a dozen new films. For a glimpse of life in Cuba away from the tourist tropes, try ...