I was fortunate enough to able to attend the Hong Kong International Film and Television Market (HK Filmart) again this year. Among the panel discussions and analyses of trends–and one inquiry about whether I wanted to purchase rights to a documentary–I was lucky enough to see five movies: […]
It’s annual list time where I share things I liked in the last year. I usually try to write about things I haven’t written about before, but the world is not what it was and perhaps next year I will be back to that or perhaps on to […]
At Syfy Wire, friend of the Gutter Sara Century writes about Lady Snowblood. “Regardless of everything, the most important part of the Lady Snowblood mythos is Yuki herself. The compelling study of a woman who is beautiful on the outside but a demon on the inside might be […]
The Japan Times interviews Shinya Tsukamoto about his new film, Killing. “’As I took in the current state of the world, I had an urge to let out (the film) like a scream. The act of killing in the Edo Period (1603-1868) was quite normal. I found many […]
This week Trailers from Hell celebrates the films of Akira Kurosawa. First up, director Brian Trenchard-Smith discusses Rashomon (1950) in just over the time it takes to play the trailer.
Character actor Hideji Otaki has died. Otaki worked with directors including Akira Kurosawa, Juzo Itami, Masahiro Shinoda and Koreyoshi Kurahara in films such as Kagemusha; Minbo: The Gentle Art of Japanese Extortion; A Taxing Woman; Gonza the Spearman and Black Sun. The Japan Times and The Kyodo News […]