'Oldboy'

Jun 26, 2014

'Oldboy'

For an Asian female, watching Park Chan-wook’s “Oldboy” in 2003 was somewhat agonizing, akin to a wisdom tooth extraction by a dentist with a limited supply of painkillers. Now Spike Lee (“Do the Right Thing,” “Miracle at St. Anna”) has made a remake under ...

'Snowpiercer'

Jun 26, 2014

'Snowpiercer'

Director: Bong Joon-ho Language: English, Korean (subtitled in Japanese) Survivors of a future ice age have boarded a train called “Snowpiercer,” which endlessly circles the globe fueled by a permanent engine designed by the train’s owner, Wilford (Ed Harris). A ruthless class system prevails ...

'Her'

Jun 19, 2014

'Her'

The fact that the promotional poster for “Her” features the lone, male, mustachioed face of Joaquin Phoenix tells you most of what you need to know about this gentlyhorrific tale of the nearfuture. This is a world that very much resembles our own, but ...

'3 Days to Kill'

Jun 19, 2014

'3 Days to Kill'

This is one terrible movie — the equivalent of a date that any sane woman would avoid like bird flu. Now that I’ve stuck on the warning label I can relax, and tell you that I secretly loved “3 Days to Kill.” Directed by ...

Jobs (Steve Jobs)

Jun 19, 2014

Jobs (Steve Jobs)

Director: Joshua Michael Stern Language: English A century from now, people may look back on the first decade of the millennium and describe it with a single word: Apple. The creator/deity behind that company will also be recalled, though not always with fondness. Watch ...

True confessions of a <em>bijogā</em> (beautiful jogger)

Jun 15, 2014

True confessions of a bijogā (beautiful jogger)

This is the story of a 39-year-old female runner who works in advertising and runs six times a week. Actually I was flattered when asked to recount my story, because in Japan, no one wants to hear from an obasan (おばさん, middle-aged woman), least ...

'Child's Pose'

Jun 12, 2014

'Child's Pose'

In “King Lear,” Shakespeare wrote that a thankless child is sharper than a serpent’s tooth. In that vein, Cornelia (Luminita Gheorghiu) feels the pain of the serpent’s bite throughout”Child’s Pose,” a film by Romanian director Calin Peter Netzer. As a wealthy architect with connections ...

'The Host'

Jun 12, 2014

'The Host'

At the heart of this sci-fi thriller is a long, probing look at the relationship between a girl and … herself. “The Host” combines real romance with a philosophical approach to the familiar premise of Earth being invaded by aliens. Most of the time, ...

'Last Passenger (Original title: Panic Train)'

Jun 12, 2014

'Last Passenger (Original title: Panic Train)'

Director: Omid Nooshin Language: English Few things are more groan-inducing than a commuter train that stops at every station, but a train that goes at breakneck speeds and never stops? Now that’s scary. Directed by Omid Nooshin and starring Dougray Scott, this Hitchcockian terror ...

The unspoken disease that can destroy families

Jun 6, 2014

The unspoken disease that can destroy families

Of the 17,500 cases of uterine cancer reported yearly in Japan, nearly half are cervical cancer, usually triggered by a virus spread by sexual intercourse. Because of this, sufferers often conceal the fact from friends and families and continue working at their jobs as ...