Kiki Sugino: 'I'm always looking for myself'

Dec 16, 2015

Kiki Sugino: 'I'm always looking for myself'

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Kiki Sugino has a one-of-a-kind resume in the domestic movie business. Many are the young “multi-talents” who act, sing and model, but most are recruited, molded and marketed by an agency. From the start, this 31-year-old actor, director and producer took a more independent ...

Girls take charge of their love lives in 'Chigasaki Story'

Sep 16, 2015

Girls take charge of their love lives in 'Chigasaki Story'

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Koji Fukada’s 2013 beach film “Hotori no Sakuko” (“Au Revoir l’Ete”) was a loving homage to French master Eric Rohmer, with lengthy European-style vacations bestowed on Fukada’s Japanese protagonists. The film’s production company, Wa Entertainment, has now made another Rohmer-esque ensemble drama, “San-paku Yokka ...

Yokudo: Lingering but confused gaze of indie director

Nov 26, 2014

Yokudo: Lingering but confused gaze of indie director

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Major film festivals, with their hurry-hurry schedules, are places to polish your sound bites, not launch into nuanced disquisitions. People want your opinion in 25 words or less. When someone asked me what I thought of Kiki Sugino’s “Yokudo (Taksu)” after a screening at ...

Fukada's young castaways on adulthood's shores

Jan 9, 2014

Fukada's young castaways on adulthood's shores

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Born in Tokyo in 1980, Koji Fukada released his first film in 2004, but his breakthrough was 2010’s “Kantai (Hospitalité),” a witty black comedy about a mysterious stranger who talks his way into a job at a small Tokyo printing shop and is soon ...