Debate still rages over Abe-endorsed WWII drama

Feb 20, 2014

Debate still rages over Abe-endorsed WWII drama

by Mark Schilling

Takashi Yamazaki’s World War II drama “Eien no Zero (The Eternal Zero),” whose pilot hero joins the tokkōtai (kamikaze) suicide squadron in the closing days of the war, has soared to the box office heights since its Dec. 21 release. After ranking No. 1 ...

Ishikawa knows when to throw away the script

Apr 19, 2013

Ishikawa knows when to throw away the script

by Mark Schilling

Japanese directors of TV dramas often make films that are basically big-screen versions of small-screen shows. No surprise, since their TV-network backers want product that will work equally well with multiplex audiences and home viewers. Directors of TV commercials here, however, typically regard films ...