Quadruple amputee yakuza raises hell in 'Daruma'

Film / Reviews Sep 30, 2015

Quadruple amputee yakuza raises hell in 'Daruma'

by Mark Schilling

Yakuza are not usually thought of as disabled, but more than a few have had their pinky fingers, or a section thereof, sliced off with a blade. Traditionally, this disabling is punishment for violating the gang code. In Hideo Sakaki's yakuza shocker "Kiyamachi Daruma" ("Daruma"), ...

TIFF is your chance to catch up with Japanese film

Film Oct 10, 2013

TIFF is your chance to catch up with Japanese film

by Mark Schilling

The Tokyo International Film Festival, now in its 26th edition, has had its share of detractors, dissing it for everything from competition lineups of major festival castoffs (no longer true since TIFF stopped insisting on world premieres) to a Special Screening section that is ...