Almost Human

Aug 13, 2014

Almost Human

Language: English I have a thing for dudes and a thing for cops, and “Almost Human” combines the two like mint leaves and white rum in a tall glass. Created by J. H. Wyman, “Star Trek” director J.J. Abrams is the executive producer behind ...

Robin Williams fondly remembered by Japan's film industry

Aug 13, 2014

Robin Williams fondly remembered by Japan's film industry

It was an open secret among Japanese film distribution companies that Robin Williams, who died at his California home on Monday in an apparent suicide, was a “yobitai sutaa” (“a want-to-invite star”). Unlike other Hollywood celebrities, Williams was famed for two things: He never ...

Somewhere, a grandfather is rolling in his grave

| Aug 11, 2014

Somewhere, a grandfather is rolling in his grave

Summertime in Japan is tinged with sadness, not just because we have to drag ourselves through this kirokutekina mōsho (記録的な猛暑, record-breaking heat), but because we must deal with the annual arrival of the “shūsenkinenbi (終戦記念日, the anniversary of the end of the Pacific War),” ...

Danchi No Yume (Dreams of the Projects)

Aug 6, 2014

Danchi No Yume (Dreams of the Projects)

There is such a thing as a Japanese dream, and in many ways it’s a lot like the American dream. Japanese hip-hop artist Anarchy’s dream has to do with escape, money and, ultimately, getting to a place where he can perform in a music ...

Dabba

Aug 6, 2014

Dabba

The Japanese may feel like they have perfected bentō (lunchbox) culture, but India has a formidable lunchbox culture of its own, in the form of the dabba. Some 6 million of these meals are delivered each day to offices in Mumbai by dabbawallahs, and ...

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Aug 6, 2014

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Director: Marc Webb Language: English Skinny, geeky, sweet Andrew Garfield returns as Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man in this second installment of “The Amazing Spider-Man” franchise. After finishing high school, Peter and girlfriend Gwen (Emma Stone) go their separate ways — but just when the ...

Hope (So-won/Negai)

Jul 30, 2014

Hope (So-won/Negai)

It was every parent’s worst nightmare: In South Korea in 2008, an 8-year-old girl was abducted and violently raped on her way to school. The perpetrator was caught and the girl identified her attacker, but she still had to appear at a public trial ...

Ida

Jul 30, 2014

Ida

Pawel Pawlikowski has a solid reputation in Europe — especially Britain, for award-winners such as “Summer of Love” (2004) and “Last Resort” (2000). But after spending his entire film career away from home, Pawlikowski returned to his native Poland to try something different. “Ida” ...

Rush (Rush: Pride to Yujo)

Jul 30, 2014

Rush (Rush: Pride to Yujo)

Director: Ron Howard Language: English Based on the legendary 1970s rivalry between Formula One drivers Niki Lauda and James Hunt, this is a hell of a ride, in a glitzy, glamorous vehicle. Chris Hemsworth has the role of English playboy Hunt and Daniel Bruhl ...

The Scottish song heard around the world

Jul 23, 2014

The Scottish song heard around the world

“Sunshine on Leith” was a much-loved stage musical, featuring the songs of Scottish band The Proclaimers, that ran from 2007 to 2013. But when Dexter Fletcher signed on to direct the film adaptation of the musical, he had never seen it. “People kept asking ...