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A new wave of Japanese filmmakers matches the old

Film Dec 21, 2016

A new wave of Japanese filmmakers matches the old

by Mark Schilling

Nearly two decades after the Japanese New Wave of the 1990s, the directors who led it, including Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Hirokazu Koreeda and Naomi Kawase, are still the local industry's most prominent faces abroad. But this year a new generation of filmmakers has finally started ...

Okita keeps every hair in place

Film / Reviews Apr 13, 2016

Okita keeps every hair in place

by Mark Schilling

Millions of Japanese have come from the countryside to find their fortunes in Tokyo, with most arriving in the postwar boom when jobs were everywhere and the future looked bright. But many, like the punk rocker hero of Shuichi Okita's offbeat, warm-hearted family comedy ...

How do you cure an allergy to money?

Film / Reviews Apr 8, 2015

How do you cure an allergy to money?

by Mark Schilling

When is a "multitalented" person too "multi"? Where is the line between extending your creative energies in new directions and spreading yourself thin? That question occurred to me after seeing the quirky comedy "Jinu yo Saraba: Kamuroba Mura E" ("A Farewell to Jinu"), Suzuki Matsuo's ...

Two men and a tot make a half-decent film

Film / Reviews Oct 15, 2014

Two men and a tot make a half-decent film

by Mark Schilling

When indie directors take a more commercial turn, the usual explanation is the bigger paycheck, but it's not always so simple. Yuya Ishii's shift from the raucous films of his early career to the more genteel, mainstream 2013 film "Fune wo Amu (The Great ...