Silent Film Retrospective at the National Film Center

The English title of the upcoming silent film retrospective at the National Film Center in Kyobashi is Silent Film Renaissance 2017. The Japanese title シネマの冒険 闇と音楽 2017 — Cinema Adventure Darkness and Music 2017 — seems more evocative, considering all six films will have one screening with live musical accompaniment. Two of the films will also have live narration performed by a… Read more →

Toshiya Fujita Retrospective at the Shin Bungeiza

This year is the 20th anniversary of the death of director and actor Toshiya Fujita. He may be best known outside of Japan as the director of Lady Snowblood, which was a major influence/reference for Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill films. He also acted in well known films like Juzo Itami’s Tampopo and Seijun Suzuki’s Zigeunerweisen. 浅野温子さんいいですね。この写真はたぶん「スローなブギにしてくれ」の頃だから19歳くらい?。 pic.twitter.com/BJEXp7A5if — カエル岩 (@kaeruiwa1963)… Read more →

Ruriko Asaoka Morning Festival

While at the Kiyoshi Atsumi festival at the Togeki I picked up a flyer for an upcoming program at the Laputa theater in Asagaya. As I skimmed through it, I noticed that Ruriko Asaoka seemed to be in all the pictures and yet her name was not mentioned in any of the synopses or cast listings. I shouldn’t have been… Read more →

Tarantino Western Double Feature in Tokyo

I’ve been a Tarantino fan since I first watched Reservoir Dogs at my local mall theater (since torn down) on its first run. I can’t remember exactly which came first, but my love of 90s Hongkong film came about around the same time. 20-odd years later, Tarantino’s films reference another violent popular national cinema I’ve become interested in. I have… Read more →

Lawrence of Arabia

Perhaps my love of watching film in theaters on film comes from Lawrence of Arabia. I first saw in 1989 at the Northpoint Theater in San Francisco. I can still remember that day and how I felt as i watched this masterpiece unfold. I subsequently purchased it on VHS (which was letterboxed, of course) and watched it again and again… Read more →

Clouds of Sils Maria

The first Oliver Assayas film I saw was Irma Vep, at the Singapore International Film Festival in 1997. The last one I saw was Carlos, which I saw at the Kawasaki Art Center’s Artelio Cinema a few years back. I haven’t seen every Assays film but the ones I have seen have always been interesting, always discussing how people cope… Read more →