Aug 17, 2013

Revisiting the works of director Takashi Miike

by Mark Schilling

Takashi Miike is one of the few Japanese filmmakers now working, Takeshi Kitano and Hayao Miyazaki being two others, who enjoy a measure of recognition outside Japan’s insular film world. Though hardly a household name in Kansas, Miike has long been a favorite with ...

Writer Donald Richie dies at 88

Feb 20, 2013

Writer Donald Richie dies at 88

by Edan Corkill

Long-term Japan resident, writer and critic Donald Richie, who through dozens of books and articles published from the late 1940s until the last decade helped introduce Japanese film and culture to the world, passed away in Tokyo on Tuesday, according to his long-term editor, ...

A lifetime's observations

Dec 28, 2006

A lifetime's observations

by Alexander Jacoby

He saw Ginza when it was a blackened plain but for the bombed-out Mitsukoshi department store, the Hattori Building and a handful of other structures left standing. He observed the city as it was rebuilt, and its people. He observed, and then he wrote. ...