Portrait of a Japanese Man

Yuko was at school yesterday to check on some things, and she met an old classmate she hadn’t seen in 7-8 years. He now works for Hitachi. He’s also an active mountain climber, and has climbed to the top of Everest. He was at the university to meet with students in the mountain climbing club. […]

I Love Paranoia Agent

Kon Satoshi’s PARANOIA AGENT is blowing me away. I’ve seen the first 4 episodes now, and I can honestly say that it beats anything else I’ve seen. What Kon is doing with this series is a continuation of the brilliance he’s displayed in films like PERFECT BLUE and MILLENNIUM ACTRESS, with absolutely nothing being watered […]

Lost in Translation in Japan

From Japan Today: It will open at one Tokyo theater with seating for about 300. Depending on ticket sales in the first two weeks, other theaters may show it for about a month. – Yosuke Watanabe, a spokesman for “Lost in Translation” distributor Tohokushinsha, on the film’s low-key release in Japan in late April.

Kim Ki-Duk

Looks like I’m going to have to get a hold of some films by Korean director Kim Ki-Duk. From RT: With his unique style, director Kim Ki-duk has created himself a reputation as a “Korean Kitano Takeshi” (or Miike Takashi if you want) at festivals around the world. His provocative films have ambivalent qualities mixing […]

Offbeat

This festival-on-a-DVD thing from the 89mm label sounds really cool. Here’s the REALTOKYO blurb: Launched in 2002 in Berlin, “short film label” 89mm has so far released a number of shorts on floppy disk. In a special project with the e:motion label, this time 89mm presents a DVD containing 13 collaboration pieces by pairs of […]