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'The Piano (Piano Lesson)'

May 1, 2014

'The Piano (Piano Lesson)'

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Jane Campion Language: English Unquestionably one of the masterworks of the 1990s, “The Piano” was released with Japanese subtitles in 2005. Holly Hunter plays a mute widow named Ada who emigrates from Scotland to rugged 1850s New Zealand with her young daughter, played ...

'R.I.P.D. (Ghost Agent)'

May 1, 2014

'R.I.P.D. (Ghost Agent)'

by Kaori Shoji

Director: Robert Schwentke Language: English Everyone deserves a second chance, especially murdered cops. Roy (Jeff Bridges) and Nick (Ryan Reynolds) return to the land of the living to join the R.I.P.D. (Rest in Peace Department) and track down the culprits who killed them. The ...

'Soshite Chichi ni Naru (Like Father, Like Son)'

May 1, 2014

'Soshite Chichi ni Naru (Like Father, Like Son)'

by Mark Schilling

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) Based on a true story, Hirokazu Koreeda’s 2013 drama tells the heart-wrenching story of a well-off couple whose son was switched at birth with another boy and raised by a poor but happy family. The perfectionist ...

'Gravity (Zero Gravity)'

Apr 24, 2014

'Gravity (Zero Gravity)'

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Alfonso Cuaron Language: English Thinking of watching “Gravity” as a DVD? Get your head checked. Director Alfonso Cuaron’s space-accident survival thriller with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney is big-screen cinema at its finest, with sweeping cinematography, seat-rumbling sound, and 3-D that immerses you ...

'Prison Break: The Final Break'

Apr 24, 2014

'Prison Break: The Final Break'

by Kaori Shoji

Directors: Brad Turner and Kevin Hooks Language: English Good news for “Prison Break” fans — the last episode of the series is out on Hulu.jp and it’s a gut-wrencher. Sara (Sarah Wayne Callies) is wed to Michael (Wentworth Miller) but she’s yanked out of ...

'47 Ronin'

Apr 17, 2014

'47 Ronin'

by Kaori Shoji

Director: Carl Rinsch Language: English You’ll enjoy this as soon as you stop thinking it has anything to do with the Chushingura episode in Japanese history. This is a visually stunning superhero movie with “oriental” costumes and A-list J-movie stars such as Ko Shibasaki ...

'Hidamari No Kanojo' (Girl in the Sunny Place)

Apr 17, 2014

'Hidamari No Kanojo' (Girl in the Sunny Place)

by Mark Schilling

Director: Takahiro Miki Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) In Takahiro Miki’s romantic drama, a shy salesman (Jun Matsumoto) reconnects with a former junior high classmate (Juri Ueno) who is now a successful businesswoman. He falls for her, but she has a secret that turns ...

'Hunger'

Apr 10, 2014

'Hunger'

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Steve McQueen Language: English Steve McQueen is known to all now that “12 Years a Slave” won this year’s best-picture Oscar, but the director’s first feature film, 2008′s “Hunger,” never even opened in Japan. Perhaps the film’s political content — which looks at ...

'The Killing'

Apr 10, 2014

'The Killing'

by Kaori Shoji

Language: English “The Killing” is a “Twin Peaks” redux for millenials, but without the weird comedy. This is the tragic story of the corpse of a 17-year-old found in a car registered to a Seattle councilman. The local police investigation is unwillingly headed by ...

'Kirishima, Bukatsu Yamerutteyo' (The Kirishima Thing)

Apr 10, 2014

'Kirishima, Bukatsu Yamerutteyo' (The Kirishima Thing)

by Mark Schilling

Director: Daihachi Yoshida Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) Daihachi Yoshida’s 2012 high-school drama focuses on those impacted by the resignation of star-player Kirishima from the volleyball team, including an enraged best friend (Masahiro Higashide) and a young movie director (Ryunosuke Kamiki). Made with a ...