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 ...

Aug 1, 2001

A samurai flick for the MTV generation

by Mark Schilling

Red Shadow Aka Kage Rating: * * 1/2 Director: Hiroyuki Nakano Running time: 108 minutes Language: JapaneseOpens Aug. 11 at Marunouchi Toei and other theaters Silent-era samurai movies fulfilled the same function as the westerns of W.S. Hart and Tom Mix: They entertained the ...