'Chronicle of My Mother'

Jun 28, 2013

'Chronicle of My Mother'

Director: Masato Harada Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) Media Asia has released an English-subbed version (with simplified and traditional Chinese subs to boot) of “Chronicle of My Mother,” Masato Harada’s busily detailed, lushly staged drama about a famous novelist’s vexed relationship with his aged ...

'Sayonara Keikoku (The Ravine of Goodbye)'

Jun 21, 2013

'Sayonara Keikoku (The Ravine of Goodbye)'

What are the limits of forgiveness? Our various gods may forgive our sins, but we humans don’t always find it easy to follow suit. Violations of the body are among the crimes hardest to forgive, since the victims are left with not only scars, ...

'The Complete (Existing) Films of ...'

Jun 21, 2013

'The Complete (Existing) Films of ...'

Director: Sadao Yamanaka Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) This new addition to Eureka’s The Masters of Cinema Series highlights the work of director Sadao Yamanaka. The set collects his three surviving complete films of the 26 that he made before dying in Manchuria in ...

'Kiseki no Ringo (Miracle Apples)'

Jun 14, 2013

'Kiseki no Ringo (Miracle Apples)'

Raised on a small farm in Southern Ohio, my grandfather hunted and grew much of the food we ate at the enormous Sunday dinners my grandmother prepared, from tasty quail and rabbit to fresh sweet corn and tomatoes. The piece de resistance was often ...

'Tokyo Monogatari (Tokyo Story)'

Jun 14, 2013

'Tokyo Monogatari (Tokyo Story)'

Director: Yasujiro Ozu Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) Released last week is a new digitally remastered version of Yasujiro Ozu’s classic 1953 family drama “Tokyo Monogatari (Tokyo Story),” voted the best film ever made in the 2012 Sight & Sound magazine directors’ poll. Issued ...

Screen violence is in the eye of the beholder

Jun 7, 2013

Screen violence is in the eye of the beholder

Some people avoid violent films, while others watch little else. Professional movie reviewers, who may see hundreds of films annually, cannot afford to be so picky. If you are covering the Cannes Film Festival competition, as I did one year for the Screen International ...

'Hakoiri Musuko no Koi (Blindly in Love)'

Jun 7, 2013

'Hakoiri Musuko no Koi (Blindly in Love)'

In a recent interview, Steven Soderbergh complained that critics are “too easily fooled.” “Their reading of filmmaking is too superficial,” he added. While I am as much a fan of deep insight as the next guy, I am also perfectly happy to be fooled. ...

'Satoshi Miki Collection'

Jun 7, 2013

'Satoshi Miki Collection'

Director: Satoshi Miki Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) Did you love Satoshi Miki’s “Ore Ore (It’s Me, it’s Me)” — or perhaps think he’d make a good subject for a study of abnormal psychology? Then you need Third Window Films’ Satoshi Miki Collection, a ...