Fukada's filmmaking a breath of fresh air

| Mar 10, 2017

Fukada's filmmaking a breath of fresh air

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Koji Fukada's black comedy "Hospitalite" ("Kantai") won best film in the Tokyo International Film Festival's Japanese Eyes section in 2010 and since then he has become accustomed to stepping up on stages to receive prizes for his work. Fukada is part of a new generation ...

Kanji Furutachi: Reacting to Japan's film industry

Feb 22, 2017

Kanji Furutachi: Reacting to Japan's film industry

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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, ...

'Harmonium': Dangerously good family drama

/ Sep 28, 2016

'Harmonium': Dangerously good family drama

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The films of Koji Fukada have long wrapped ambitious themes in deceptively unassuming genre packages. His 2011 international breakout "Hospitalite" ("Kantai") begins as a quirky comedy but becomes a sharp-edged drama of deceptions and secrets. Last year's "Sayonara" starts as an offbeat essay in ...

Girls take charge of their love lives in 'Chigasaki Story'

/ Sep 16, 2015

Girls take charge of their love lives in 'Chigasaki Story'

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Koji Fukada's 2013 beach film "Hotori no Sakuko" ("Au Revoir l'Ete") was a loving homage to French master Eric Rohmer, with lengthy European-style vacations bestowed on Fukada's Japanese protagonists. The film's production company, Wa Entertainment, has now made another Rohmer-esque ensemble drama, "San-paku Yokka Go-ji ...

Fukada's young castaways on adulthood's shores

Jan 9, 2014

Fukada's young castaways on adulthood's shores

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Born in Tokyo in 1980, Koji Fukada released his first film in 2004, but his breakthrough was 2010's "Kantai (Hospitalité)," a witty black comedy about a mysterious stranger who talks his way into a job at a small Tokyo printing shop and is soon ...

TIFF is your chance to catch up with Japanese film

Oct 10, 2013

TIFF is your chance to catch up with Japanese film

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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 ...