Kanji Furutachi: Reacting to Japan's film industry

Film Feb 22, 2017

Kanji Furutachi: Reacting to Japan's film industry

by Mark Schilling

Over the years I've heard many complaints about the bad acting in Japanese films, from the hammy emoting of over-indulged veterans to the amateurish turns of "idols" cast more for their agency connections than any perceptible talent. I've added to this chorus of negativity, ...

Hurt-till-you-laugh approach to making comedies

Film Nov 19, 2014

Hurt-till-you-laugh approach to making comedies

by Mark Schilling

When Yosuke Fujita's debut feature "Zenzen Daijobu (Fine, Totally Fine)" started making the international festival rounds in 2008, it charmed nearly everyone who saw it. This laugh-until-you-hurt comedy about two outsider pals in pursuit of the same socially awkward girl won the Nippon Cinema Award ...