'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 ...