'R100'

Oct 3, 2013

'R100'

The world premiere of Hitoshi Matsumoto’s “R100″ in the Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness section must be frustrating for all those Japanese auteurs out there who got rejection letters from North America’s most important festival. True, the section is devoted to quirk and ...

'E no Naka no Boku no Mura (Village of Dreams)'

Oct 3, 2013

'E no Naka no Boku no Mura (Village of Dreams)'

Director: Yoichi Higashi Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) “E no Naka no Boku no Mura (Village of Dreams)” is now available in Japan as an English-subbed DVD. Based on the memoirs of identical-twin painters, this 1996 film depicts their early postwar childhoods with realism, ...

'Kokuriko-zaka Kara (From Up on Poppy Hill)'

Sep 26, 2013

'Kokuriko-zaka Kara (From Up on Poppy Hill)'

Director: Goro Miyazaki Language: Japanese (dubbed/subtitled in English) Studio Ghibli has released the U.K. Blu-ray and DVD of Goro Miyazaki’s 2011 animation “Kokuriko-zaka Kara (From Up on Poppy Hill).” Co-scripted by Hayao Miyazaki, the film is a nostalgic period piece about the campaign by ...

'Soshite Chichi ni Naru (Like Father, Like Son)'

Sep 19, 2013

'Soshite Chichi ni Naru (Like Father, Like Son)'

The English and Japanese titles of Hirokazu Koreeda’s dual-family drama “Soshite Chichi ni Naru (Like Father, Like Son)” are quite different in meaning, but both express something important about this extraordinary film, winner of the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The ...

'Casshern'

Sep 19, 2013

'Casshern'

Director: Kazuaki Kiriya Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) On Sept. 24, Paramount Catalog will release an English-subbed Region 1 DVD of Kazuaki Kiriya’s “Casshern.” This 2004 sci-fi epic about a mutant revolt in a post-apocalyptic world has the crazed ambition, visionary reach and even ...

Aoyama looks to the 1980s without nostalgia

Sep 12, 2013

Aoyama looks to the 1980s without nostalgia

Shinji Aoyama is the director as cinephile. That is, while winning awards for his own films, including two prizes at Cannes for his 2000 drama “Eureka,” he has long been a serious student of films by others, beginning with his days at Rikkyo University ...

'Tomogui (Backwater)'

Sep 12, 2013

'Tomogui (Backwater)'

In 1971 the Nikkatsu studio, desperate to stave off bankruptcy, switched production to the then-burgeoning genre of softcore pornography. Made mostly by young directors promoted after their elders fled, the films were hardly intended as high art. Instead their main selling point was simulated ...

'Minnasan, Sayonara! (See You Tomorrow, Everyone)'

Sep 12, 2013

'Minnasan, Sayonara! (See You Tomorrow, Everyone)'

Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) On Oct. 14, Third Window Films (U.K.) will release an English-subbed DVD of Yoshihiro Nakamura’s “Minnasan, Sayonara! (See You Tomorrow, Everyone).” Starring Gaku Hamada as a boy who vows to spend his life in his Tokyo ...