'Dance With Me': Short on laughs, but big on energy

Film / Reviews Aug 21, 2019

'Dance With Me': Short on laughs, but big on energy

by Mark Schilling

The Japanese film industry has made many musical films, but almost no Hollywood-style musicals. One reason why is Eizo Sugawa's "You Can Succeed, Too" (1964), a singing, dancing salaryman musical inspired by the Broadway hit "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." Billed ...

Yoshida's ode to a distant Okinawan island

Film May 3, 2013

Yoshida's ode to a distant Okinawan island

by Mark Schilling

Many directors hit everything from the books to the streets in preparation for their next film, but for his second feature, “Tabidachi no Shima Uta — Jugo no Haru (Leaving on the 15th Spring),” Yasuhiro Yoshida went far further than most.