Filmex brings art and brutality to Tokyo cinemas

Nov 19, 2014

Filmex brings art and brutality to Tokyo cinemas

by Mark Schilling

Now in its 15th edition, Tokyo Filmex is Japan’s leading art-over-commerce festival, offering a lineup packed with films screened earlier this year at major festivals around the world, while disdaining the glitz and glamour of the recently ended Tokyo International Film Festival. The Filmex ...

Film fest fans can get a fix at any number of events this month

Nov 13, 2014

Film fest fans can get a fix at any number of events this month

by Emi Ando

The Tokyo International Film Festival may be finished, but movie buffs still have a lot of choices for festivals this month. Yamagata International Movie Festival 2014 (through Nov. 16): This festival will feature different types of activities, including a reception party at Movie On ...

Film fest puts comedy on bill

Sep 12, 2013

Film fest puts comedy on bill

by Magdalena Osumi

Asakusa was the capital’s main entertainment district during the Edo Period (1603-1867) and the charm of old Tokyo still remains there. This weekend, Asakusa and close-by Ueno will host the sixth annual Old Town Taito International Comedy Film Festival, which is abbreviated in Japanese ...

Film festival focuses on Osaka

Mar 15, 2013

Film festival focuses on Osaka

by Tomohiro Osaki

Of all the films the late actress Isuzu Yamada starred in, none of them better symbolized the vicissitudes of her real life than the 1936 “Naniwa Ereji (Naniwa Elegy).” Yamada, who died last year at the age of 95, went through at least three ...

Fifth Okinawa fest celebrates community films

Mar 1, 2013

Fifth Okinawa fest celebrates community films

by Mark Schilling

Since its start in 2009, the Okinawa International Movie Festival has been more than its name implies. It has the usual competition sections: one called Laugh for comedies and another called Peace for dramas, though not all the films fit neatly into these two ...