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Yamamoto Isoroku (Isoroku)

Jan 7, 2015

Yamamoto Isoroku (Isoroku)

by Mark Schilling

Director: Izuru Narushima Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) Izuru Narushima’s well-crafted drama about the admiral who was the architect of the Pearl Harbor attack, has the look of a flag-waving Japanese war film — Yamamoto’s success meant he was revered as a war hero. ...

Scandal: Season 2

Jan 7, 2015

Scandal: Season 2

by Kaori Shoji

Language: English “Scandal” isn’t a wildly popular show in the U.S. but it’s still pretty good, basically because it stars the always reliable, kick-ass and savvy Kerry Washington as an ex-White House communications officer turned CEO of a crisis management firm. This is your ...

Some Velvet Morning (Labyrinth)

Jan 7, 2015

Some Velvet Morning (Labyrinth)

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Neil LaBute Language: English Director Neil Labute returns to the misanthropic, edgy territory of the 1990s films that made his rep such as “In the Company of Men.” Stanley Tucci — playing the lead for a change — stars as a slightly desperate ...

What if 'The Interview' had been made in Japan?

Jan 1, 2015

What if 'The Interview' had been made in Japan?

by Mark Schilling

It couldn’t happen here — that was my first takeaway from the massive cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment prompted by the Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy “The Interview.” In the film, the two heroes journey to North Korea ostensibly to interview its real-life ...

High Maintenance

Jan 1, 2015

High Maintenance

by Giovanni Fazio

Directors: Katja Blichfeld, Ben Sinclair Language: English Weed was big in America last year, due to the tidal wave of medical marijuana to the outright legalization of recreational ganja use in several states, and no one nails the zeitgeist better than independent web-comedy “High ...

White Collar

Jan 1, 2015

White Collar

by Kaori Shoji

Language: English Matt Bomer gives new meaning to the word “snide,” or maybe he is better categorized under the dictionary entry for “white supremacy” for his role as a white-collar crime prince in this hit series. It’s a role that fits him like a ...

Nyotaiju Gun Woman (Gun Woman)

Jan 1, 2015

Nyotaiju Gun Woman (Gun Woman)

by Mark Schilling

Director: Mitsutake Kurando Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) Mitsutake Kurando’s cult action film boasts one of the genre’s few semi-original premises: A revenge-bent doctor turns a young woman (former porn star Asami) into the perfect assassin and sends her to invade the lair of ...

Our critics in the crossfire

Dec 24, 2014

Our critics in the crossfire

by Kaori Shoji

The Japan Times’ three film writers got together before Christmas to discuss their top picks of movies released this year. Unusually, this year both Giovanni Fazio and Kaori Shoji agreed on their No. 1, choosing “The Broken Circle Breakdown.” Mark Schilling picked Mipo Oh’s ...