| Oct 8, 2010

Movie program offers some Japanese gems

by Mark Schilling

For foreign residents, monolingual or no, Tokyo International Film Festival offers a good chance to see new Japanese films with subtitles, especially in three of the main sections: Competition, Special Screenings and Japanese Eyes. In the Competition section this year, two Japanese films will ...

Tokyo celebrates a wide world of cinema

| Oct 8, 2010

Tokyo celebrates a wide world of cinema

by Philip Brasor

Because it offers few world premieres of high-profile films, the Tokyo International Film Festival is not the world’s most significant. European and American festivals get all the good premieres, and South Korea’s Pusan International Film Festival, the region’s best, has a wider selection of ...

Pearl-diving sirens return

| Aug 20, 2010

Pearl-diving sirens return

by Mark Schilling

The castaway on a deserted tropical isle has inspired everything from “Robinson Crusoe” to innumerable New Yorker cartoons — but it was no joke to Kazuko Higa, the young wife of an assistant plantation overseer living on the small Pacific island of Anatahan in ...