Back to the love hotel for ex-pink film director

Jan 28, 2015

Back to the love hotel for ex-pink film director

by Mark Schilling

Interviews with people you know well can turn awkward if you try to be the probing questioner instead of the coffee-shop companion. No such worries with 61-year-old Ryuichi Hiroki, the former pink film (i.e., soft pornography) director who made his commercial and critical breakthrough ...

'Daijobu 3kumi (Nobody's Perfect)'

Mar 29, 2013

'Daijobu 3kumi (Nobody's Perfect)'

by Mark Schilling

Teaching kids is usually not thought of as a physically taxing job, but take it from one who has done it: It is, especially in Japanese schools, where one teacher may have to deal with 40 bundles of not-always-well-behaved energy. I spent much of ...

'Kiiroi Zo'

Feb 8, 2013

'Kiiroi Zo'

by Mark Schilling

Ryuichi Hiroki has become the go-to director for romantic dramas that quality-wise are a cut above the local formula weepers whose starred-crossed lovers are parted by a slow, beautiful death (though Hiroki’s couples are hardly immune to life’s vicissitudes). At the same time, his ...