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Blockbuster Queen biopic reignites Japanese fans' passions

Film Dec 6, 2018

Blockbuster Queen biopic reignites Japanese fans' passions

"Bohemian Rhapsody," a biographical film about the legendary British rock band Queen, is captivating the hearts of young and old alike in Japan, where in the 1970s the band saw success before anywhere else. The film, released in Japan on Nov. 9, grossed more than ...

'jam': Comedy with a touch of 'Misery'

Film / Reviews Dec 5, 2018

'jam': Comedy with a touch of 'Misery'

by Mark Schilling

The films of Sabu — the pseudonym of actor-turned-director Hiroyuki Tanaka — are typically about guys on the move, be it as a troubled soul on a journey ("Blessing Bell") or a crook on the run ("Unlucky Monkey"). The object is usually laughs, though ...

'Killing': A modern take on a samurai staple

Film / Reviews Nov 27, 2018

'Killing': A modern take on a samurai staple

by Mark Schilling

Screening in competition at this year's Venice Film Festival, "Killing" is veteran provocateur Shinya Tsukamoto's first venture into the samurai genre. Made, like most of Tsukamoto's films, on a tiny budget and tight schedule, it does not attempt the scale of classics like "Seven ...

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