Sion Sono swan dives into Shinjuku's chaos

Film Jan 19, 2017

Sion Sono swan dives into Shinjuku's chaos

by Mark Schilling

Celebrated abroad for films that mash up everything from extreme sex and gore to Christian imagery and classical music, Sion Sono has emerged as one of the most distinctive directors in Japanese cinema this century. His breakthrough came in 2001 with "Suicide Club," in which ...

'Sion Sono: The Whispering Star'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Apr 12, 2016

'Sion Sono: The Whispering Star'

by Megan Green

April 3-July 10 As a multi-talented director, Japanese filmmaker and poet Sion Sono has been a regular participant of international film festivals, garnering critical acclaim for his dark and expressive films such as "Noriko's Dinner Table" (2006), "Cold Fish" (2011) and "Why Don't You Play ...

Mass murder and Sion Sono

Film Jul 8, 2015

Mass murder and Sion Sono

by Mark Schilling

A disturbed individual kills, and the media searches for reasons why. Sometimes, the killer obligingly cites a pop culture phenomenon as inspiration. Mark David Chapman, the man who shot John Lennon, saw himself as the living embodiment of Holden Caulfield, the hero of J.D. ...

A quarter century of Japanese films in review

Film Sep 3, 2014

A quarter century of Japanese films in review

by Mark Schilling

In 25 years of reviewing Japanese films and interviewing Japanese filmmakers for this newspaper, I've written 1 million words, give or take a few. This is clearly something no normal person would do, but for me it beats working. The idea that writing about movies ...