'The Railway Man'

Apr 17, 2014

'The Railway Man'

Speaking as a Japanese, “The Railway Man” is extremely difficult to sit through, as it deals with the treatment of British POWs by the Japanese Army after they took Singapore during World War II. Actually, contemplating even a fragment of the events that unfolded ...

'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones'

Apr 17, 2014

'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones'

While other fantasy heroes and heroines — such as Katniss Everdeen (“The Hunger Games”) or, heck, Harry Potter — had no time or funds to enjoy themselves, the heroine of “The Mortal Instruments,” Clary Fray (Lily Collins), is a privileged teenager living in a ...

'47 Ronin'

Apr 17, 2014

'47 Ronin'

Director: Carl Rinsch Language: English You’ll enjoy this as soon as you stop thinking it has anything to do with the Chushingura episode in Japanese history. This is a visually stunning superhero movie with “oriental” costumes and A-list J-movie stars such as Ko Shibasaki ...

'August: Osage County'

Apr 10, 2014

'August: Osage County'

As far as craziness in families goes, it can’t get worse than what’s shown in “August: Osage County.” Start to finish, the film recalls rusty barbed wire, the type usually seen around maximum security prisons. Mind you, the story has nothing to do with ...

'Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones'

Apr 10, 2014

'Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones'

Despite the unoffical verdict that the “found footage” genre is dead as the dodo, there are those who have a weakness for the stuff, namely myself. Forgive me if I seem predisposed toward “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones,” but it does breathe a bit ...

'The Killing'

Apr 10, 2014

'The Killing'

Language: English “The Killing” is a “Twin Peaks” redux for millenials, but without the weird comedy. This is the tragic story of the corpse of a 17-year-old found in a car registered to a Seattle councilman. The local police investigation is unwillingly headed by ...

Apr 10, 2014

Finding a heap of treasure in 'Zipang Punk'

It’s the late 16th century, when Japan was in the vicelike grip of rich and ruthless warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Things were good at the top, but the rest of Zipang (Japan) was poor, hungry and repressed. Welcome to “Zipang Punk — Goemon Rock III.” ...

Geki×Cine marks 10 years of screen-stage marriage

Apr 10, 2014

Geki×Cine marks 10 years of screen-stage marriage

You wouldn’t know it to look at our poker faces, but deep down every Japanese is a drama queen. For more than a millennium, the Japanese have retained an incredible love — nay, obsession — for drama, and the more extravagantly cheesy the better. ...

Polish history captured by a man who was there

Apr 3, 2014

Polish history captured by a man who was there

He may be 88 years old and the director of 54 films, but Polish film giant Andrzej Wajda is still evolving as a storyteller. His latest, “Wałesa: Man of Hope,” opens in Tokyo on April 5 (as “Wałesa: Rentai no Otoko”) and marks his ...

'Wałesa: Man of Hope'

Apr 3, 2014

'Wałesa: Man of Hope'

Poland’s legendary filmmaker Andrzej Wajda takes on Lech Wałesa, Poland’s man of the people, in this fictional documentary “Wałesa: Man of Hope,” and it comes as somewhat of a surprise. At 88 years old, Wajda’s insular and experimental artistic approach has shifted to a ...