Zen and the art of documentary film

Jan 10, 2018

Zen and the art of documentary film

It's the second day of the new year and unseasonably warm outside Pole-Pole Higashi-Nakano, one of Tokyo's few remaining art-house theaters. Husband-and-wife filmmakers Werner Penzel and Ayako Mogi take a seat in the morning sun, taking off their coats while marveling at the weather. Penzel ...

'Love Disease': Online dating can be a brutal game

/ Jan 10, 2018

'Love Disease': Online dating can be a brutal game

True crime cinema has always been an easy sell in Japan, with some titles becoming instant classics. Shohei Imamura's "Vengeance is Mine" ("Fukushu Suru wa Ware ni Ari," 1979) is acknowledged as the pioneer of that genre. Based on a real-life serial killer case ...

Japan gets its own 'Orphan Black' ... with a few twists

| Dec 7, 2017

Japan gets its own 'Orphan Black' ... with a few twists

Japanese TV tends to draw its inspiration from the bountiful well of manga, but Fuji Television and Tokai Television looked overseas to come up with their version of the hit Canadian series "Orphan Black," which began airing Dec. 2. In the past decade, reworkings of ...

The Yoshida Brothers get in on Kubo's big adventure

Nov 22, 2017

The Yoshida Brothers get in on Kubo's big adventure

Speaking as a Japanese person, I can't help but feel a short burst of national pride when Hollywood gives my country any kind of attention, like with the animated film "Kubo and the Two Strings." Directed by Travis Knight of Oregon-based Laika Entertainment ("Coraline," "The ...