'The Long Excuse': Can a jerk find redemption?

Film / Reviews Oct 12, 2016

'The Long Excuse': Can a jerk find redemption?

by Mark Schilling

Miwa Nishikawa has made films about various sorts of scapegraces and con artists, but her latest, "The Long Excuse," may be her first about a certifiable jerk. There's no other way to describe Sachio Kinugasa (Masahiro Motoki), a middle-aged celebrity novelist who pontificates on television ...

A more complex portrayal of Emperor Hirohito

Film Aug 5, 2015

A more complex portrayal of Emperor Hirohito

by Mark Schilling

Emperor Hirohito, who is posthumously known as Emperor Showa, had a procession of public images during his long reign from 1926 to 1989 — though none were quite accurate. There was the pre-1945 Emperor — stern and remote on his white horse — who was ...