'Tokyo Ghoul "S"': A college, a cafe and a cannibal

Film / Reviews Jul 17, 2019

'Tokyo Ghoul "S"': A college, a cafe and a cannibal

by Mark Schilling

Big pop-culture franchises generate movie sequels as naturally as chickens lay eggs. Directed by first-timers Kazuhiko Hiramaki and Takuya Kawasaki, "Tokyo Ghoul 'S'" is a follow-up to "Tokyo Ghoul," a 2017 sci-fi horror film based on Sui Ishida's hit manga about a college boy who ...

'Under Your Bed': Sleeping with the enemy

Film / Reviews Jul 17, 2019

'Under Your Bed': Sleeping with the enemy

by James Hadfield

Rare is the child who hasn't lain awake at night, terrified by the monster they imagine is lurking beneath their bed. But in a country where many people grow up sleeping on futons, such fears are perhaps less deeply rooted. That would explain why, ...

'Diner': Maybe find another place to eat

Film / Reviews Jul 3, 2019

'Diner': Maybe find another place to eat

by Mark Schilling

The aesthetic of photographer and director Mika Ninagawa is gaudy to the nth degree. She crowds blood-red roses into her frame like crammed commuters in a rush-hour train. When she makes it rain, her actors may as well be standing under Niagara Falls. This may ...

'The Journalist': Uncovering the dark side of Japan

Film / Reviews Jun 26, 2019

'The Journalist': Uncovering the dark side of Japan

by James Hadfield

Before Donald Trump made "fake news" the buzzword of choice for dissemblers and autocrats, Japanese netizens were already starting to question the veracity of what they read in the papers, albeit for very different reasons. The media's handling of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, in ...