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Mysterious Japanese screen legend Setsuko Hara dies at 95

Nov 26, 2015

Mysterious Japanese screen legend Setsuko Hara dies at 95

Legendary actress Setsuko Hara, who starred in “Tokyo Story” and other films by Yasujiro Ozu and other prominent Japanese directors, has died. On Wednesday her family announced Hara’s death due to pneumonia at a hospital in Kanagawa Prefecture on Sept. 5. She was 95. ...

Hideo Nakata's 'Ghost Theater' recalls true horror

Nov 25, 2015

Hideo Nakata's 'Ghost Theater' recalls true horror

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A decade or so ago, J-horror (Japanese horror) was a hot genre worldwide. Thinking they had a sure-fire box-office formula — implacable ghosts scaring the bejesus out of attractive women — filmmakers mass-produced sequels, spinoffs and knock-offs, to mostly diminishing returns. The career of ...

Simon Curtis' 'Woman in Gold' an ode to heritage

Nov 25, 2015

Simon Curtis' 'Woman in Gold' an ode to heritage

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‘Woman in Gold” can perhaps be described as the sister film to “The Monuments Men” (2014). Both are fiction based on hard facts, and both involve the Nazi theft of major artworks during WWII. At their core is a deep love for art, and ...

'Restrepo' and 'Korengal' capture emotions of war

Nov 25, 2015

'Restrepo' and 'Korengal' capture emotions of war

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Filmmakers Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger were embedded with U.S. soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade in a firebase in Afghanistan’s remote Korengal Valley throughout 2007 and 2008. Their resulting documentary, “Restrepo,” was released in 2010; only now is it screening in Japan, and ...

Fukada's 'Sayonara' captures android intimacy

Nov 18, 2015

Fukada's 'Sayonara' captures android intimacy

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‘We all die alone” is a thought voiced by the famous (Hunter S. Thompson and Orson Welles among them), but it seems to state the obvious. We also all have toothaches alone, do we not? In Koji Fukada’s “Sayonara” a terminally ill young woman ...

'The Rewrite' stars Hugh Grant as himself

Nov 18, 2015

'The Rewrite' stars Hugh Grant as himself

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You know when you get that “getting old” feeling — it’s when the film stars you once used to love and revere in sizzling love stories and action-packed melodramas of the late 20th century now appear in stories about aging parents, layoffs, sickness, bankruptcy, ...