Takeshi Kitano blasts domestic film industry

Oct 29, 2014

Takeshi Kitano blasts domestic film industry

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Rather than seeking bloody vengeance, Takeshi Kitano, director of yakuza films “Violent Cop,” “Outrage” and “Beyond Outrage,” expressed his frustrations with the domestic film industry with pointed comments at a recent talk event in Tokyo. One of Japan’s foremost filmmakers and TV personalities, Kitano ...

A quarter century of Japanese films in review

Sep 3, 2014

A quarter century of Japanese films in review

by Mark Schilling

In 25 years of reviewing Japanese films and interviewing Japanese filmmakers for this newspaper, I’ve written 1 million words, give or take a few. This is clearly something no normal person would do, but for me it beats working. The idea that writing about ...

'The 15th Entertainment Art Exhibition'

Aug 7, 2013

'The 15th Entertainment Art Exhibition'

by Alisa Yamasaki

The first “Entertainment Art Exhibition” began as a charity project in 1999, and it has held exhibitions in museums and cultural centers around Japan ever since. For its 15th year, the exhibition aims to help support areas recovering from the Great East Japan Earthquake ...

Screen violence is in the eye of the beholder

Jun 7, 2013

Screen violence is in the eye of the beholder

by Mark Schilling

Some people avoid violent films, while others watch little else. Professional movie reviewers, who may see hundreds of films annually, cannot afford to be so picky. If you are covering the Cannes Film Festival competition, as I did one year for the Screen International ...

Nagisa Oshima: a leading force in film

Jan 17, 2013

Nagisa Oshima: a leading force in film

by Mark Schilling

Film director Nagisa Oshima, who died in Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture, of pneumonia on Tuesday at age 80, was a leader of Japan’s postwar New Wave movement. In the West, however, he became best known for a 1976 film “Ai no Corrida” (“In the Realm ...