'Love × Doc': A rom-com on doctor's orders

Film / Reviews Apr 25, 2018

'Love × Doc': A rom-com on doctor's orders

by Mark Schilling

When successful Japanese scriptwriters direct films, they tend to try too hard, cramming in characters, gags, plot twists and a blizzard of cuts. Sometimes, the busyness works, as in Koki Mitani's "Welcome Back, Mr. McDonald," a 1997 screwball comedy about a chaotic radio broadcast ...

'Scoop!': Read all about it here

Film / Reviews Sep 21, 2016

'Scoop!': Read all about it here

by Mark Schilling

Japanese weekly scandal magazines are pond scum, are they not? Dishing up grainy paparazzi photos of the famous and powerful, accompanied by wink-wink stories about improprieties and crimes — alleged or exposed — they appeal to the lowest common denominator, with their only raison ...