Ex-janitor cleans up with comic gem

| Jan 24, 2008

Ex-janitor cleans up with comic gem

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Winner of the Grand Prize in the short film section at the 1987 Torino Film Festival in Italy, Yosuke Fujita may have been making films for more than two decades, but it's only now that audiences have the chance to see the director's first ...

Yasukuni through Chinese eyes

| Oct 25, 2007

Yasukuni through Chinese eyes

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'Yasukuni," a two-hour documentary about the controversial Shinto shrine in Tokyo, had its world premiere at the Pusan International Film Festival earlier this month. It comes two years after "Annyoung Sayonara," a feature about a South Korean woman who sued the shrine to have ...

The uncensored right to pursue intimacy

| Aug 9, 2007

The uncensored right to pursue intimacy

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A tribute to Manhattan individuality as much as an affirmation of American-style life and personal freedom, "Shortbus" is a movie you want to hold close. It will most certainly pull you to its chest and deposit a loud kiss faster than you can define ...

Feting Japan's finest animators

| Jun 28, 2007

Feting Japan's finest animators

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Omnibus films are hard sells to ticket buyers and critics; the former because they want a full cinematic meal, not a plate of hors d'oeuvres, the latter because they see a package of segments as a sort of horse race — and proclaim disappointment ...