'Sion Sono: The Whispering Star'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Apr 12, 2016

'Sion Sono: The Whispering Star'

by Megan Green

April 3-July 10 As a multi-talented director, Japanese filmmaker and poet Sion Sono has been a regular participant of international film festivals, garnering critical acclaim for his dark and expressive films such as "Noriko's Dinner Table" (2006), "Cold Fish" (2011) and "Why Don't You Play ...

Japan's Academy Prizes — the fix is in?

Film Feb 25, 2015

Japan's Academy Prizes — the fix is in?

by Mark Schilling

Comedian, actor and director Takeshi Kitano had some scathing things to say about the Japanese film industry at last year's Tokyo International Film Festival, where he was given a career achievement award. One target he singled out was the Japan Academy Prizes — the ...

Back to the love hotel for ex-pink film director

Film Jan 28, 2015

Back to the love hotel for ex-pink film director

by Mark Schilling

Interviews with people you know well can turn awkward if you try to be the probing questioner instead of the coffee-shop companion. No such worries with 61-year-old Ryuichi Hiroki, the former pink film (i.e., soft pornography) director who made his commercial and critical breakthrough ...