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Japan's eclectic collection of choice

Oct 19, 2016

Japan's eclectic collection of choice

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The Tokyo International Film Festival offers a great once-in-a-year opportunity to see new and classic Japanese films with English subtitles. The sheer quantity on offer — more than 50 titles in the main sections alone — can be overwhelming, though. Here are samples from ...

There's always drama at home

Oct 19, 2016

There's always drama at home

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The most intriguing titles at this year’s TIFF celebrate geographical diversity while homing in on social issues of modern life. Whether the characters are in Brazil or Croatia or Japan, or the filmmakers are from Romania, India or China, their stories feature the struggles ...

A cinematic view from overseas

Oct 19, 2016

A cinematic view from overseas

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The 29th edition of the TIFF, like every other festival, has suffered from content bloat over the years, but scanning the schedule carefully is worth the effort. A good place to start is usually the World Focus section; this category doesn’t require that films ...

Kiyoshi Kurosawa's cinematic apparitions

Oct 12, 2016

Kiyoshi Kurosawa's cinematic apparitions

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Directors who become known as horror specialists often end up making little else, whether by choice or not. Labeled a “horrormeister” for such supremely creepy films as “Cure” (1997) and “Pulse” (Kairo, 2001), Kiyoshi Kurosawa is one director who has successfully expanded beyond the ...

'The Long Excuse': Can a jerk find redemption?

Oct 12, 2016

'The Long Excuse': Can a jerk find redemption?

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Miwa Nishikawa has made films about various sorts of scapegraces and con artists, but her latest, “The Long Excuse,” may be her first about a certifiable jerk. There’s no other way to describe Sachio Kinugasa (Masahiro Motoki), a middle-aged celebrity novelist who pontificates on ...

'Hungry Hearts' to broken hearts

Oct 12, 2016

'Hungry Hearts' to broken hearts

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For many people, a conversation about what foods are good for you opposed to what isn’t is as familiar as a pair of socks that’s been through the washer too often. By my calculations, a loving couple can argue just as much over food ...

'Jason Bourne': The invincible franchise

Oct 12, 2016

'Jason Bourne': The invincible franchise

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It’s the Bourne revival: Matt Damon is Bourne again. After an unsuccessful attempt to transfer the franchise to Jeremy Renner in 2012’s “The Bourne Legacy,” Damon has returned to his most iconic role as the brainwashed CIA super-soldier. He’s the real deal, the Sean ...

Feel the Latin film beat

| Oct 12, 2016

Feel the Latin film beat

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The Latin Beat Film Festival enters its 13th year, offering cinephiles in Tokyo, Osaka and Yokohama a chance to check out the latest in Spanish-language cinema with a dozen new films. For a glimpse of life in Cuba away from the tourist tropes, try ...