Atom Egoyan brings the oppression of winter into 'The Captive'

Oct 14, 2015

Atom Egoyan brings the oppression of winter into 'The Captive'

Every parent’s worst nightmare plays out in “The Captive,” Canadian auteur Atom Egoyan’s followup to “Devil’s Knot,” which opened in Japan last year. In both of these films, a child disappears and the police eye the father as the most likely suspect. The difference ...

Home sweet home: Preserving the traditional Kanazawa townhouse

Oct 10, 2015

Home sweet home: Preserving the traditional Kanazawa townhouse

Traditional wooden townhouses called machiya could once be found throughout Japan and were especially common in cities such as Kyoto and Nara in Kansai, as well as Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture. More recently, however, their days appear to be numbered, and, as anyone who ...

Down and out with Tokyo's manga artists

Sep 30, 2015

Down and out with Tokyo's manga artists

That Japanese movies are often adapted from Japanese manga is no secret. Less well known is the subgenre of films about the lives of some Japanese mangaka (manga artists), which is informally known as mangakamono. Many of these fictional biopics have gone on to ...

'San Andreas' struggles to hold water in post-3/11 Japan

Sep 9, 2015

'San Andreas' struggles to hold water in post-3/11 Japan

In the 1970s, Hollywood disaster movies were a lucrative genre. In 1974 “Earthquake” and “The Towering Inferno” were released, and the decade saw the box-office success of multiple “Airport” films. It was an age when the Cold War was in full swing and the ...