'The Gun': A blast of stylish nihilism

Film / Reviews Nov 7, 2018

'The Gun': A blast of stylish nihilism

by James Hadfield

Chekhov's principle about how you can't introduce a gun in the first act of a story without using it later on might also apply to Toru (Nijiro Murakami). When the university student impulsively snatches a pistol from a dead body he finds by a riverside ...

Momoi is on fire in her new indie film 'Hee'

Film Aug 3, 2016

Momoi is on fire in her new indie film 'Hee'

by Mark Schilling

In her four-decade acting career Kaori Momoi has always been a free-spirited stand-out, indifferent to convention. But beneath her easygoing attitude and signature drawling delivery (which used to make me wonder what she had been ingesting before the cameras started rolling) was a thorough ...

Fuminori writes noir, but not as we know it

Books Nov 1, 2014

Fuminori writes noir, but not as we know it

by Iain Maloney

Fuminori Nakamura has won many of the major literary prizes in Japan and is quickly making the same kind of impact in the English-speaking world. His third novel to be translated into English, "Last Winter, We Parted," is out now. It's a tense, layered ...

Crime writer brings Tokyo noir to the world

National Jun 26, 2013

Crime writer brings Tokyo noir to the world

by Jody Godoy

Crime novelist Fuminori Nakamura might be a self-described pessimist with a dark personality, but one thing he's never had to worry about is writer's block. "I'm bursting with story ideas. It's not a talent, it's more like a disease," he told a small gathering through ...