Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo's 'White God' lacks teeth

Nov 11, 2015

Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo's 'White God' lacks teeth

Man and his best friend are having some serious relationship issues in “White God.” Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo’s tale of a teenage girl and her beloved hound is the stuff of canine nightmares, set in a present-day Budapest that feels more like a dog ...

Killing time at the Tokyo International Film Festival

Oct 28, 2015

Killing time at the Tokyo International Film Festival

Covering a film festival can turn anyone into a stickler for scheduling. Key screenings and Q&A sessions always seem to overlap and priorities collide. Do you stick with the stodgy Japanese biopic that you’re supposed to be writing about, or sneak out halfway through ...

Spotlight on Harada films is well-deserved

Oct 22, 2015

Spotlight on Harada films is well-deserved

Following last year’s embrace of anime and “content,” 2015 sees the Tokyo International Film Festival reassert its credentials as an event, first and foremost, for cineastes. One particularly welcome addition is the new Japan Now section, a roundup of recent and upcoming movies from ...

Radio personality Peter Barakan brings the world to Tokyo for Live Magic!

Oct 18, 2015

Radio personality Peter Barakan brings the world to Tokyo for Live Magic!

‘I’m going off track again. Wait a minute.” Midway through a lengthy digression about an “amazing” New Orleans band named Boukou Groove, Peter Barakan pauses, ever so briefly, to check the conversational signposts. The bilingual British broadcaster, a fixture on Japanese radio for more ...

'John Wick' lets Keanu Reeves out of 'The Matrix'

Oct 14, 2015

'John Wick' lets Keanu Reeves out of 'The Matrix'

In a recent interview with The New York Times, Trevor Noah, the new host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” compared his surprise appointment to the casting of “The Matrix.” Though the fact has now been consigned to an obscure bit of movie lore, ...

Albino Sound explores angles on 'Cloud Sports'

Oct 11, 2015

Albino Sound explores angles on 'Cloud Sports'

When musicians from around the globe gathered in Tokyo last autumn for the 2014 edition of the Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) — an intensive series of lectures, gigs and studio sessions that aims to nurture promising artists — many of the participants had ...

'Starred Up' shows British prisoners being unpleasant

Oct 7, 2015

'Starred Up' shows British prisoners being unpleasant

In the language of Britain’s penal system, “starred up” is the term used for a young offender who gets prematurely moved to an adult prison. Designated “single cell, high risk,” 19-year-old Eric Love (Jack O’Connell) certainly looks like he’s ready for the big time. ...