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'Killing': A modern take on a samurai staple

Film / Reviews Nov 27, 2018

'Killing': A modern take on a samurai staple

by Mark Schilling

Screening in competition at this year's Venice Film Festival, "Killing" is veteran provocateur Shinya Tsukamoto's first venture into the samurai genre. Made, like most of Tsukamoto's films, on a tiny budget and tight schedule, it does not attempt the scale of classics like "Seven ...

The delicate notes of 'Someone's Xylophone'

Film Sep 7, 2016

The delicate notes of 'Someone's Xylophone'

by Mark Schilling

Japanese directors now routinely do dozens of media interviews to publicize their new films, especially if they are on the indie end of the spectrum. The stars of said films also sit down with the press, if not as commonly, but though I have ...

Forever young: Riko Narumi gives up old roles

Film Mar 23, 2016

Forever young: Riko Narumi gives up old roles

by Mark Schilling

In 2000, Riko Narumi made her first appearance on TV at age 7. She has worked steadily in both television and film ever since, and has 24 entries in her filmography, ranging from the drama "Shindo"(2007), where she played a troubled teen piano prodigy, ...

When young creators answer the big city's siren call

Film Aug 15, 2013

When young creators answer the big city's siren call

by Mark Schilling

Veteran scriptwriter and director Toshiyuki Morioka had more than a professional interest in making his new film "Jokyo Monogatari." Based on an autobiographical manga by Rieko Saibara, its story of an aspiring artist coming to Tokyo to learn her trade and make her fortune ...