Kanji Furutachi: Reacting to Japan's film industry

Film Feb 22, 2017

Kanji Furutachi: Reacting to Japan's film industry

by Mark Schilling

Over the years I've heard many complaints about the bad acting in Japanese films, from the hammy emoting of over-indulged veterans to the amateurish turns of "idols" cast more for their agency connections than any perceptible talent. I've added to this chorus of negativity, ...

'At the Terrace' offers witty, coarse fun

Film / Reviews Nov 9, 2016

'At the Terrace' offers witty, coarse fun

by Mark Schilling

"I know that many film fans have an allergy to films based on plays," writes Kenji Yamauchi on the website for his new film, "At the Terrace" ("At the Terrace: Terasu Nite"). "The never-changing setting and the long conversations bore them." "Boring," however, was not ...

'Newcomer,' 56, wins Kishida

Stage May 26, 2015

'Newcomer,' 56, wins Kishida

by Nobuko Tanaka

Named after a prominent early 20th-century playwright, author and translator, and presented annually by the Hakusuisha publishing house since 1955, the Kishida Kunio Drama Award is indisputably Japan's top honor for writers of plays premiered the year before. As the same person can only win ...