Back to the love hotel for ex-pink film director

Jan 28, 2015

Back to the love hotel for ex-pink film director

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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 ...

'Daijobu 3kumi (Nobody's Perfect)'

/ Mar 29, 2013

'Daijobu 3kumi (Nobody's Perfect)'

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Teaching kids is usually not thought of as a physically taxing job, but take it from one who has done it: It is, especially in Japanese schools, where one teacher may have to deal with 40 bundles of not-always-well-behaved energy. I spent much of ...

'Kiiroi Zo'

/ Feb 8, 2013

'Kiiroi Zo'

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Ryuichi Hiroki has become the go-to director for romantic dramas that quality-wise are a cut above the local formula weepers whose starred-crossed lovers are parted by a slow, beautiful death (though Hiroki's couples are hardly immune to life's vicissitudes). At the same time, his ...