Yuki Tanada's new film sees the humor in societal changes

Film Sep 17, 2016

Yuki Tanada's new film sees the humor in societal changes

by Mark Schilling

The Japanese women directors who have been gaining attention in the past two decades, beginning with frequent Cannes invitee Naomi Kawase, tend to be serious types, understandably. Their struggle for respect and recognition in a male-dominated industry is difficult enough — and goofy comedies ...

Takeshi Kitano's gang of nursing-home yakuza

Film / Reviews Apr 29, 2015

Takeshi Kitano's gang of nursing-home yakuza

by Mark Schilling

Takeshi Kitano has had some of his biggest critical and commercial successes with gangster films, beginning with his 1993 international breakthrough "Sonatine" and continuing through to his 2012 hit "Outrage Beyond" ("Beyond Outrage"), which screened in competition at the 2012 Venice Film Festival. But as ...