'Diner': Maybe find another place to eat

Film / Reviews Jul 3, 2019

'Diner': Maybe find another place to eat

by Mark Schilling

The aesthetic of photographer and director Mika Ninagawa is gaudy to the nth degree. She crowds blood-red roses into her frame like crammed commuters in a rush-hour train. When she makes it rain, her actors may as well be standing under Niagara Falls. This may ...

Ninagawa still exploring in eighth take on 'Hamlet'

Stage Feb 4, 2015

Ninagawa still exploring in eighth take on 'Hamlet'

by Nobuko Tanaka

Yukio Ninagawa's "cherry-blossom" staging of "Macbeth" at the Edinburgh Festival in 1985, with actors in that famously Scottish play sporting kimono rather than kilts, was a sensation due to its radical reimagining of so revered a work. Since then, the 79-year-old director's uniquely visual productions ...

Godfather of J-horror escapes from genre's grip

Film May 28, 2014

Godfather of J-horror escapes from genre's grip

by Mark Schilling

Hideo Nakata could be called the godfather of contemporary Japanese horror, but he would probably hate the label. Regardless, this 52-year-old director of such genre classics as "Ring," "Ring 2" and "Honogurai Mizu no Soko kara (Dark Water)" has made J-horror — a combination ...