'Yokomichi Yonosuke'

Feb 22, 2013

'Yokomichi Yonosuke'

by Mark Schilling

Plenty of Japanese directors make films about socially awkward or marginal guys: Given all the on-screen examples (as well as their many real-life inspirations), it seems that the onetime country of the samurai has become the land of the otaku and freeter (unemployed or ...

'Sado Tenpesuto'

Feb 15, 2013

'Sado Tenpesuto'

by Mark Schilling

Beginning with 2001′s “Ichiban Utsukushi Natsu (Firefly Dreams),” a Yasujiro Ozu-esque drama about a friendship that develops between a rebellious teenage girl and an elderly former actress in the countryside, John Williams has been directing films in Japan with Japanese talent that do not ...