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 →

Movies About Tokyo

This post is a little different than the (few) previous ones. Instead of talking about films showing in Tokyo, it is a list of films about or set in Tokyo. This week I am curating the @beingtokyo account on twitter. (More info on that here). Beyond just talking about what I am doing in Greater Tokyo, I thought it might… Read more →