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Giovanni Fazio
Giovanni Fazio has been The Japan Times' resident film crank since 1993. When not at the movies, he is busy recording and playing live with his band Makyo and running the independent electronica label Dakini Records.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Jun 5, 2014
'Pompeii'
Perhaps it's a mistake to expect anything more from Paul W.S. Anderson — the director of the never-ending "Resident Evil" series and generic fare such as "Alien vs. Predator" — but I was hoping for something more than a shameless rip-off of "Gladiator" with a volcanic eruption tacked onto...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Jun 5, 2014
'Filth'
Director: Jon S. Baird
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
May 28, 2014
'Inside Llewyn Davis'
The Coen Brothers are exceptional among American filmmakers for having had a long and prosperous career without ever significantly watering down or altering their sensibility along the way. You could draw a line from their indie debut "Blood Simple" through to Oscar-winners "Fargo" and "No Country For...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
May 28, 2014
'X-Men: Days of Future Past'
The new “X-Men” plays like “The Terminator” crossed with “American Hustle” via “12 Monkeys.” Given that the series has spawned six films over 14 years, non-fans may need to do some homework to catch up before viewing.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
May 28, 2014
The Wolf of Wall Street
Director: Martin Scorsese
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
May 22, 2014
'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom'
The Great Man theory of history has long been a controversial one: is history shaped by exceptional men who enact change through sheer force of will, or is it the result of larger forces, like class, economics and technological progress?
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
May 22, 2014
'Last Vegas'
"Last Vegas" is about as clever as the pun of its title. It's a geriatric riff on "The Hangover" that features four Oscar-winning actors playing to type. Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline play old neighborhood buddies from New York City who get together for a stag party...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
May 22, 2014
'The Killing of a Chinese Bookie'
Director: John Cassavetes Language: English
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
May 15, 2014
'Disconnect'
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Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
May 15, 2014
'Post Tenebras Lux'
If you wanted to make a parody of the modern art film, you'd have a hard time making it more ridiculous than Carlos Reygadas' glacially paced, obtuse, festival-focused film "Post Tenebras Lux," which somehow won him Best Director at Cannes in 2012.
Japan Times
MULTIMEDIA
May 15, 2014
'Only God Forgives'
Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
May 8, 2014
'My Little Princess (Violetta)'
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Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
May 8, 2014
'We Are What We Are'
The set design and cinematography are certainly more artfully composed than in your average knockoff, and director Jim Mickle has assembled a potent cast, including Hal Hartley regular Bill Sage and some bright new talent in the form of Ambyr Childers from "The Master" and Julia Garner from "Martha Marcy...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
May 8, 2014
'Seven Psychopaths'
Director: Martin McDonagh
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
May 1, 2014
'Withnail & I'
Kichijoji's storied Baus Theater will be closing its doors on June 10, but it is going out with a bang, reviving a bunch of its most popular hits from the past three decades, including "El Topo," "Sid & Nancy," "Picnic" and "Dark Star." The closing spot goes to "Withnail & I," the cult British...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
May 1, 2014
'A2-B-C'
Too much of the conversation on the Fukushima No.1 nuclear accident is driven by ideologues — sensationalist bloggers predicting the extermination of mankind on the one hand and, on the other, nuclear industry shills insisting plutonium inhalation is just like eating bananas — when what is really...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
May 1, 2014
'The Piano (Piano Lesson)'
Director: Jane Campion
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Apr 24, 2014
'The Day of the Siege: September Eleven 1683'
Putting "September Eleven" in the title of your film pretty much assures that viewers are going to be thinking of one thing. Yet director Renzo Martinelli's historical epic is not about the al-Qaida terror attacks of 2001, but the siege of Vienna in 1683, where the Holy Roman Empire and its catholic...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Apr 24, 2014
'Dark Blood'
River Phoenix could be called the Heath Ledger of his generation: young, blonde, handsome, intense; both rose to fame as straight actors in gay roles (Phoenix in "My Own Private Idaho," Ledger in "Brokeback Mountain") and both died from accidental overdoses, just as their careers were taking off.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Film
Apr 24, 2014
'Gravity (Zero Gravity)'
Director: Alfonso Cuaron

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Tokashiki Beach acts as a sanctuary for sea turtles and offers ideal snorkeling waters. It was also the site of the U.S. Army’s preliminary invasion that led to the 1945 Battle of Okinawa, which resulted in the deaths of nearly 150,000 people.
On Okinawa's Tokashiki Island, life's a beach — one of the best in the world