Kanojo wa Uso wo Aishisugiteru (The Liar and His Lover)

Mar 25, 2015

Kanojo wa Uso wo Aishisugiteru (The Liar and His Lover)

Director: Norihiro Koizumi Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) A sweet, naive high school girl (Sakurako Ohara) falls for a dishy mysterious stranger (Takeru Sato) who fails to inform her that he is the now-retired creative force behind a popular band. When she begins her ...

Is Asian cinema caught in a festival feeding frenzy?

Mar 18, 2015

Is Asian cinema caught in a festival feeding frenzy?

On March 5, tickets went on sale for Joe Hisaishi’s concert at a 1,200-seat theater in Udine, Italy — and they were sold out in less than a week. In Japan, where Hisaishi is well known as a composer for his soundtracks to films ...

Omoide no Marnie (When Marnie Was There)

Mar 18, 2015

Omoide no Marnie (When Marnie Was There)

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) Based on Joan G. Robinson’s beloved fantasy novel “When Marnie Was There,” director Hiromasa Yonebayashi and his Studio Ghibli animators have made a delightful film about a budding friendship between two girls in the Hokkaido countryside, ...

Can idol group Momoiro Clover Z learn to act?

Mar 11, 2015

Can idol group Momoiro Clover Z learn to act?

The typical Japanese movie about the travails and triumphs of a high school club follows an upward arc, as the audience cheers on the heroes to their foregone triumph over setbacks and defeats. The actualities of how they become more accomplished swing musicians, as ...

In the cinematic wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster

Mar 4, 2015

In the cinematic wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster

In January 2013 Eiga Geijutsu magazine released its annual “Best 10 and Worst 10″ lists. The two worst films of 2012, as chosen by the magazine’s panel of critics, were Sion Sono’s “Himizu” and “Kibo no Kuni (Land of Hope).” The former is about ...

Mujin Chitai (No Man's Zone)

Mar 4, 2015

Mujin Chitai (No Man's Zone)

Director: Toshi Fujiwara Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) As the anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear reactor meltdown of March 11, 2011, approaches, Toshi Fujiwara’s documentary is a useful reminder of what the Tohoku region suffered. With actress Arsinee Khanjian’s solemnly intoning commentary, ...