'Running Again': Solving problems with a good run

Film / Reviews Mar 6, 2019

'Running Again': Solving problems with a good run

Running scenes have been a staple since the start of the movies, but in the silent days the fleet-footed hero was usually trying to outrun the police. Now, competitive running in its various forms, from the ekiden relay to the marathon, has become a ...

Localization 101: How to release a Steven Soderbergh film in Japan

Film Feb 20, 2019

Localization 101: How to release a Steven Soderbergh film in Japan

Hollywood sends its products all over the world but global audiences can have widely different experiences of the same Hollywood movie. In Italy, dubbing foreign films is standard; in Japan, subtitling is, though dubbing has become more common, especially for films targeted at younger ...

'Born Bone Born': A family reunited by a skeletal bath

Film / Reviews Feb 13, 2019

'Born Bone Born': A family reunited by a skeletal bath

Having attended a few funerals here and seen dozens more on the screen, I thought I knew a bit about the ceremonies and rituals surrounding death in Japan. But "Born Bone Born" by comedian and director Toshiyuki Teruya (aka Gori) proved me wrong — ...

'Whistleblower': Corporate drama dialed up to 11

Film / Reviews Feb 6, 2019

'Whistleblower': Corporate drama dialed up to 11

Japan is justly praised for its law-abiding citizenry. Drop your wallet on the street here and a kind local is likely to come running after you to return it. On the corporate level, though, scandal follows scandal. One of the most common sights on ...