Soda takes a pop at taboos

| Jun 12, 2009

Soda takes a pop at taboos

by Mizuho Aoki

Kazuhiro Soda made his name with his first documentary film “Campaign,” which follows the director’s former classmate Kazuhiko Yamauchi as he campaigns for a city-council seat in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture. The film was screened at the Berlin Film Festival in 2007, broadcast on TV ...

| Jun 5, 2009

Getting a grip on Aronofsky

by Giovanni Fazio

Darren Aronofsky burst onto the scene in 1998 with “Pi,” the most bizarrely original debut since David Lynch’s “Eraserhead,” and a film he self-funded by hitting up an extended circle of family and friends for small donations. He confirmed his talent with “Requiem For ...

Swamped by laughter

| May 22, 2009

Swamped by laughter

by Mark Schilling

I’d met Satoshi Miki several times before interviewing him for “Instant Numa.” Our senses of humor mesh well enough that the recording of the interview often sounds like a sitcom laugh track. One big theme of the film seems to be “like parents, like ...

| Mar 27, 2009

Masterpiece maker

by Mark Schilling

The Japan Times interviewed Yoshihiro Nakamura at the Ebisu headquarters of the Amuse talent agency, where Nakamura was holding forth all day for the press. Despite the PR grind, he was relaxed, with a ready laugh, and spoke in a distinctive low, rumbling voice.

Set to Cruise control in Tokyo

| Mar 20, 2009

Set to Cruise control in Tokyo

by Mizuho Aoki

Tom Cuise was in Japan last week with his wife, Katie Holmes, and their 2-year-old daughter, Suri, to promote his new film, “Valkyrie.” As always, the star did the best he could to please his Japanese fans, spending over two hours outside a theater ...

Bent Hamer nails another odd story

| Feb 20, 2009

Bent Hamer nails another odd story

by Mizuho Aoki

N orwegian filmmaker Bent Hamer is a generous man. At the end of our interview, while waiting for the next journalist to arrive, Hamer began putting together media kits that were piled up on a desk to be sorted out by the staff of ...

| Feb 6, 2009

Not dwelling on the politics

by Kaori Shoji

Jersusalem-born filmmaker Eran Riklis is one of the most prominent figures in the Israeli film industry, but his films (“On a Clear Day You Can See Damuscus” and “Cup Final” among others) have never been about straightforward Israeli politics.

| Jan 23, 2009

Arta Dobroshi: A role model

by Kaori Shoji

Like her character, Lorna, in “Le Silence de Lorna,” 29-year-old Arta Dobroshi was born in a less prosperous, unstable region of Europe (in her case Kosovo), but unlike Lorna, she has studied in the United States, traveled extensively, and has been studying the performing ...