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Takeda scores a KO in 'Poetry Angel'

/ May 17, 2017

Takeda scores a KO in 'Poetry Angel'

In last week’s review of Yuya Ishii’s “The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue,” I wrote that poetry-based Japanese films are rare — but here seems to be another: Toshimitsu Iizuka’s “Poetry Angel.” One more example and I’ll have a ...

A love story that's overly dense with prose

/ May 10, 2017

A love story that's overly dense with prose

These days, Japanese films are based on everything from novels to game apps, but Yuya Ishii’s “The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue,” which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival this year, is a rare feature inspired by a book ...

Acting is a fighting sport in 'Matsumoto Tribe'

/ Apr 5, 2017

Acting is a fighting sport in 'Matsumoto Tribe'

The feature mockumentary doesn’t have many practitioners in Japan. Two who do come to mind are TV comedian Hitoshi Matsumoto (“Big Man Japan,” 2007) and Nobuhiro Yamashita (“Girls in the Psychic Club,” 2014). Both have a dry sense of humor and a bit of ...

'Nekoatsume House': The cat's meow of Japanese comedy

/ Mar 29, 2017

'Nekoatsume House': The cat's meow of Japanese comedy

Japanese audiences never seem to tire of movies about dogs and cats. The millions of devoted pet owners here are certainly one reason, though the Brits, also known for their animal worship, do not express it as often in films. Masatoshi Kurakata’s delightful, blood-pressure-lowering ...

Shinobu Yaguchi can make sparks fly, even off the grid

Mar 22, 2017

Shinobu Yaguchi can make sparks fly, even off the grid

When I met Shinobu Yaguchi at a Chicago sushi restaurant on March 1, I made my usual mistake with well-known directors: mention that I had interviewed him before. He, understandably, blanked, since the interview was 20 years ago for his 1997 indie comedy “My ...