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'Siblings of the Cape': Uncomfortable, yet compelling

Film / Reviews Mar 6, 2019

'Siblings of the Cape': Uncomfortable, yet compelling

There are films that take you places you rather wish they wouldn't. Within the first 10 minutes of "Siblings of the Cape," I was ready to stop watching, but something about Shinzo Katayama's scruffy, transgressive debut kept me hooked. While it's hard to give an ...

'Samurai Marathon': A sprint through Japanese history

Film / Reviews Feb 27, 2019

'Samurai Marathon': A sprint through Japanese history

The arrival of U.S. Commodore Matthew Perry's infamous "black ships" in 1850s Japan prompted some unusual reactions from a country that had spent the past few centuries shut off from the outside world. Few were as offbeat as that of the feudal lord Itakura ...

'Another World': An uneasy reunion for old friends

Film / Reviews Feb 20, 2019

'Another World': An uneasy reunion for old friends

While the jury at last year's Tokyo International Film Festival made some unimpeachable selections, it was left to viewers to supply the biggest surprise of the event. "Another World" was an unexpected choice for the Audience Award, which typically goes to more comedic fare ...

'The Nikaidos' Fall': What's in a name? Everything.

Film / Reviews Jan 16, 2019

'The Nikaidos' Fall': What's in a name? Everything.

The weight of tradition threatens to crush a once-great family in "The Nikaidos' Fall," a contemporary drama about people with an unhealthy fixation on the past. Iranian director Ida Panahandeh's film starts in a cemetery and never really leaves the realm of the dead. ...

'His Lost Name': A lack of more than just a name

Film / Reviews Jan 9, 2019

'His Lost Name': A lack of more than just a name

Cinema abounds with tales of imposters and con artists, but some of the most interesting stories are the ones where people get wise to a deception and decide to go along with it anyway. In "His Lost Name," a young drifter arrives in a ...

'A Crimson Star': A taboo and toxic story of love

Film / Reviews Dec 5, 2018

'A Crimson Star': A taboo and toxic story of love

At a time when many aspiring Japanese filmmakers spend years working on other people's movies before having a chance to make one of their own, getting your first feature into cinemas at the age of 22 is no small achievement. Writer-director Aya Igashi was already ...

YMO's Yukihiro Takahashi celebrates a pair of 40th anniversaries

Music Nov 23, 2018

YMO's Yukihiro Takahashi celebrates a pair of 40th anniversaries

The past few years have been a boom time for Japanese reissues, as labels dredge up everything from ambient obscurities to glossy disco-pop for the benefit of listeners who missed them first time around. For Yukihiro Takahashi, it's all a bit confusing. "Do you understand ...