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Natsuko Toda

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2010 The number of Western movies subtitled in Japanese is rapidly declining amid a growing preference for dubbing and the increasing popularity of 3D movies, Kyodo News reports, citing figures from the Foreign Film…

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ANPO: Art X War

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on October 2010 Remarkable, powerful and unpredictable, this debut work by Japanese film subtitler extraordinaire Linda Hoaglund is a triumph. Ostensibly a documentary that examines the 1960 Tokyo protests against the US-Japan security treaty (“ANPO” in…

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A Single Man

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2010 George (an Oscar-nominated Colin Firth in a career best) hasn’t enjoyed much of anything in his life since long-time partner Jim died in a car accident eight months ago, so today he has…

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September 30, 2010

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2010 Two recent masterpieces of contemporary Korean cinema will be screened at Shin-Bungeiza in Ikebukuro (3F, 1-43-5 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku; www.shin-bungeiza.com), October 9-12. Breathless (2009; pictured), the directorial debut of Yang Ik-Joon, tells the story…

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Night Tokyo Day

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2010 Director Isabel Coixet (My Life Without Me, The Secret Life of Words, Elegy) has made a number of very good films but, like so many foreign directors who come to Japan, she got…

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Pandorum

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2010 A pair of astronauts (Ben Foster and Dennis Quaid) awake from long-term hyper-slumber aboard this kind of giant Noah’s Ark spacecraft on its way to populate a new planet, with only a vague…

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Takashi Miike

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2010 Cult director Takashi Miike, who has made more than 80 films, says there’s nothing like a cinematic bloodbath to help today’s younger generation learn about history. The world got its first look at…

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Resident Evil: Afterlife

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2010 The undead “action” moves to L.A. in this fourth sequel in Milla Jovovich’s little zombie series. Couldn’t be bothered.

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Namae no nai Onnatachi

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2010 With Japan’s AV industry cranking out approximately 20,000 new titles a year, the topic of women getting roped into the porn racket is ripe for investigation. Namae no nai Onnatachi, based on the…

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Tetsuya Nakashima

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2010 Tetsuya Nakashima’s Confessions, starring popular actress Takako Matsu, has been nominated as Japan’s candidate for the best foreign-language film category at the 2011 Oscars. Based on a bestselling novel, the movie is about…

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September 23, 2010

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2010 A retrospective of the eternal rebel of Japanese cinema, Nagisa Oshima, will screen September 30-October 8 at Shin-Bungeiza in Ikebukuro (3F, 1-43-5 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku; www.shin-bungeiza.com). Highlights include Cruel Story of Youth (1960), a…

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