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Waking up and smelling the roasted coffee

Feb 25, 2015

Waking up and smelling the roasted coffee

by Mark Schilling

Thomas Wolfe’s posthumous novel “You Can’t Go Home Again” was published in 1940, and critics and readers have been debating the truth of its title ever since. Wolfe himself had no doubt: His autobiographical writings, with their biting, thinly disguised portraits, made him persona ...

Lupin III (Japan title: Rupan Sansei)

Feb 25, 2015

Lupin III (Japan title: Rupan Sansei)

by Kaori Shoji

Director: Ryuhei Kitamura Language: Japanese and English Originally a manga series penned by Monkey Punch, “Lupin III” has made it to the big screen. Shun Oguri plays Lupin III, who alongside on-off girlfriend Fujiko Mine (Meisa Kuroki) and buddies Jigen (Tetsuji Tamayama) and Goemon ...

Path of Blood

Feb 25, 2015

Path of Blood

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Eric Power Language: Japanese (subtitles in English) “South Park” meets “Yojimbo” as directed by “Kill Bill”-era Quentin Tarantino? If that all sounds a bit mad, well, rest assured — it is. “Path of Blood” is an animated film made entirely by director Eric ...

A long, painful look into the whirlpools of World War II

Feb 18, 2015

A long, painful look into the whirlpools of World War II

by Giovanni Fazio

The 1985 Holocaust documentary “Shoah,” directed by Claude Lanzmann — screening until Mar. 6 at Tokyo’s Theatre Image Forum — feels more like evidence than cinema. At 9½ hours, and filled with straight-to-the-camera testimony from concentration camp survivors, Nazi guards and many other eyewitnesses, ...