Plumbing the delicious depths of February with ume

| Feb 9, 2015

Plumbing the delicious depths of February with ume

Traditionally, Kisaragi (如月, the old name for February) was considered a month of hope — a chance to wipe the slate clean and start over. Before the nation switched to the Western calendar, it was the month for ushering in Oshōgatsu (お正月, New Year) ...

Growing younger in a super-aged society

Feb 4, 2015

Growing younger in a super-aged society

Old age. It used to be a subject people tried to avoid, but now, as Japan hurtles toward a super-aged society where almost 15 percent of the populace is over 75 years old, the general feeling is that we had better deal with it. ...

Begin Again: 'Rekindling platonic love'

Feb 4, 2015

Begin Again: 'Rekindling platonic love'

You know when a boy and girl meet, hit it off, but keep the relationship platonic — and it’s sweet and memorable forever? This practically never happens in the movies. The last time it did (as far I can recall) was in “Once” back ...

The Face of Love: 'Falling for a doppelganger'

Feb 4, 2015

The Face of Love: 'Falling for a doppelganger'

Back in the 20th century, there was an unwritten consensus of sorts that actors and actresses over a certain age should not be involved in heavyweight love scenes. But over the last decade, veteran performers have been cast in romantic comedies of all kinds, ...

The Suspect (Suspect: Kanashiki Yogi-Sha)

Feb 4, 2015

The Suspect (Suspect: Kanashiki Yogi-Sha)

Director: Won Shin-yeon Language: Korean (subtitled in English) This is the South Korean version of the “Bourne” series and unabashedly copies its premise, camerawork and editing. Dong-cheol (Yoo Gong) is a South Korean agent working in the North, but one day he’s ditched by ...

Wild Card: 'Jason Statham doing the same thing he always does'

Jan 28, 2015

Wild Card: 'Jason Statham doing the same thing he always does'

Moviemakers love Jason Statham. How else to describe the fact that he’s consistently played the same type of guy in the same type of situations for two decades, without ever being required to change a thing. Other action stars branch out into romantic comedies, ...

Jemaine Clement: Bloodsucking and bored at the end of the world

Jan 21, 2015

Jemaine Clement: Bloodsucking and bored at the end of the world

The newest vampire movie to take film festivals by storm, “What We Do in the Shadows,” is the work of two New Zealanders: actor Jemaine Clement (“Flight of the Conchords”) and actor/director Taika Waititi (“Boy”). Together they wrote, directed and star in a movie ...