When it comes to action, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi is your man

Jun 21, 2017

When it comes to action, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi is your man

Hiroyuki Ikeuchi has what we refer to in showbiz as “the look.” Sure, the 40-year-old actor has been working as an actor since his teens, even stepping behind the camera in 2006 for “Thirteen Moons.” But it’s his distinctive look that people remember. He ...

Jackie Chan's latest borrows from the best Westerns

/ Jun 21, 2017

Jackie Chan's latest borrows from the best Westerns

It’s China in 1941 and the Imperial Japanese Army is on the move. A band of freedom fighters led by Ma Yuan (Jackie Chan) seek to hijack a train line that transports food supplies to the invaders, get away with the loot and feed ...

Discovering the 'it girl' of turn-of-the-century Paris in 'The Dancer'

Jun 14, 2017

Discovering the 'it girl' of turn-of-the-century Paris in 'The Dancer'

Loie Fuller was the ultimate “it girl.” A little-known dancer from Illinois, she wound up in turn-of-the-century Paris, smack-dab in the middle of La Belle Epoque. Her friends? They were artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and filmmakers the Lumiere Brothers, and her protegee was acclaimed ...

'20th Century Women': Smoke signals from the late 1970s

Jun 7, 2017

'20th Century Women': Smoke signals from the late 1970s

American culture in the mid-20th century begs a multitude of descriptions, but if I had to sum it up in one word, it would probably be “smoking.” People chain-smoked through the Vietnam protests, Watergate scandal, Stonewall riots and innumerable other events, both historic and ...

Dad-made 'bento' make a splash on the silver screen

| Jun 1, 2017

Dad-made 'bento' make a splash on the silver screen

Japanese movies tend to portray Japanese dads as male chauvinists who never step into the kitchen if they can help it and have little interest in raising their kids. Consider Yasujiro Ozu’s timeless classic “Tokyo Story.” Sure, Chishu Ryu played a kind and gentle ...

Hollywood's love storyboard

| May 25, 2017

Hollywood's love storyboard

If you’re the type who sticks around after a movie to read the credits, you’ll know it takes more than one village to make a feature-length film. Ten or even 20 villages is more like it. Among the villagers are people with the title ...

'The Bachelor' is looking for love in Japan

May 10, 2017

'The Bachelor' is looking for love in Japan

There comes a moment of truth in every episode of reality-dating series “The Bachelor” when the handsome and wealthy bachelor must eliminate at least one of the 25 women vying for his affection during a “rose ceremony.” In “The Bachelor Japan,” the series’ first ...