'Dance With Me': A homegrown Japanese musical has landed

Film Aug 22, 2019

'Dance With Me': A homegrown Japanese musical has landed

by Mark Schilling

Genres never really die, but they often mutate into something different on foreign soil. John Ford's cowboys became Akira Kurosawa's samurai, and Kurosawa's samurai became Sergio Leone's serape-clad, cigarillo-chewing "The Man With No Name." And the list goes on. The same is true of that ...

'Dance With Me': Short on laughs, but big on energy

Film / Reviews Aug 21, 2019

'Dance With Me': Short on laughs, but big on energy

by Mark Schilling

The Japanese film industry has made many musical films, but almost no Hollywood-style musicals. One reason why is Eizo Sugawa's "You Can Succeed, Too" (1964), a singing, dancing salaryman musical inspired by the Broadway hit "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." Billed ...

'Survival Family': Soft-pedaling through dystopia

Film / Reviews Feb 8, 2017

'Survival Family': Soft-pedaling through dystopia

by Mark Schilling

To Hollywood, "dystopian future" usually means invading aliens, exotic technology and gigantic explosions. Shinobu Yaguchi's "Survival Family" posits an alternative, more mundane cause of civilizational collapse: Japan's electric grid suddenly freezes up, like a laptop that's been doused with hot coffee. Televisions go blank, ...