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| Feb 15, 2017

It'll get released in Japan — come 'Hell or High Water'

Among the snubs and surprise inclusions in this year’s Oscar nominations, one might have stood out for Japanese movie fans — and I’m not talking about “Your Name.” In what’s surely a first, a Best Picture nominee has bypassed cinemas here and gone straight ...

Koshiro Hino pushes the limits of control as YPY

Feb 5, 2017

Koshiro Hino pushes the limits of control as YPY

A couple of years ago, I started to get a sense of deja-vu while loitering on the weirdo fringes of Japan’s club scene. Whenever I asked DJs or producers what homegrown music they were most excited about at the moment, the same name kept ...

'Silence': A test of faith — and of patience

/ Jan 18, 2017

'Silence': A test of faith — and of patience

After spending nearly 30 years shepherding his adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s “Silence” to the screen, Martin Scorsese may be starting to feel as forsaken as the book’s Jesuit protagonist, abandoned by an uncommunicative and apparently uncaring God. The movie has been roundly ignored by ...

'Rogue One': On the Dark Side of reanimation

/ Dec 28, 2016

'Rogue One': On the Dark Side of reanimation

How much do you want a new “Star Wars”? When J.J. Abrams’ “The Force Awakens” opened to enormous fanfare last December, it felt like watching a beloved rock band making its comeback tour after a long hiatus. Sure, the original members couldn’t quite muster ...

'Ruined Heart': a belated release

| Dec 28, 2016

'Ruined Heart': a belated release

When you’re covering a film fest, sometimes you crave a quick jolt. I’m still not sure how Khavn’s “Ruined Heart” (Japan title: “Kowareta Kokoro”) snuck into the main competition section of Tokyo International Film Festival in 2014, but watching it at the time felt ...

'Knight of Cups': Is Malick's cup half-full or half-empty?

/ Dec 14, 2016

'Knight of Cups': Is Malick's cup half-full or half-empty?

Halfway through “Knight of Cups,” the latest treatise from philosopher-filmmaker Terrence Malick, the movie’s chorus of internal monologues yields a line that could be read as a memo to the director himself: “Don’t get your head too far up your own ass.” Malick is ...

'Crazy Thunder Road' is still a mad, but great film

| Dec 7, 2016

'Crazy Thunder Road' is still a mad, but great film

Sogo Ishii — or Gakuryu Ishii, as he now prefers to be known — was just 23 when he released “Crazy Thunder Road,” perhaps one of the greatest films to emerge from Japan’s punk era (an honor it shares with the director’s 1982 follow-up, ...