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Afterwards

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2010 A high-powered New York lawyer, haunted by a near-death experience as a child, as well as by the SIDS death of his toddler son and subsequent separation from his wife, is approached by…

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King Game

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2010 This laughable piece of tripe uses the age-old technique of taking characters from their normal lives and placing them in an artificially staged situation (think Cube or last year’s Japanese flick Kaiji). In…

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Takeshi Kitano

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2010 Takeshi Kitano, 63, has announced that he’s making a sequel to his latest film, Outrage. The follow-up to the violent yakuza movie, due to open in autumn 2011, will be the first time…

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Eat Pray Love

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2010 Jeez, the title of this me-first memoir by journalist Elizabeth Gilbert made me gag when it was on the bookshelves! A colossally self-absorbed woman (Julia Roberts) dumps her devoted husband (Billy Crudup) for…

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September 16, 2010

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2010 Believe it or not, the biannual Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival is one of the most prestigious in the world. If you can’t make the trip to northern Japan, the best of the…

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The Last Station

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2010 If you’re hungry for a spot of middlebrow literary historical fiction, served by a superb cast, you could do far worse than this adaptation by writer/director Michael Hoffman of Jay Parini’s novel on…

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Bruce Lee

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2010 The organizers of the 23rd Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) will honor the king of Asian action movies, Bruce Lee as part of this year’s program. Titled “The 70th Anniversary: Bruce Lee to…

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Giallo

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2010 Formulaic, gory Euro-thriller from Dario Argento, the once-great Italian master of horror. A moody American cop (an extremely slumming Adrien Brody) is trying to catch Giallo, a serial torture-killer of beautiful women (Brody…

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September 9, 2010

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2010 World music fans will want to hit up Shibuya’s Image Forum (2-10-2 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku; www.imageforum.co.jp) for the inspiring documentary Benda Bilili! (2010; pictured). Directors Renaud Barret and Florent de La Tullaye spent five…

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Tokyo Jima

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2010 In the early ’50s, legendary Hollywood director Josef von Sternberg became obsessed with the story of Kazuko Higa, a young Japanese woman whose life on a remote Pacific island was turned upside down…

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Zero: An Investigation Into 9/11

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2010 It’s nice to see a documentary on the perceived inconsistencies and outright conspiracy theories surrounding the official 9/11 report that’s told from a fresh angle, in this case Italian. Or it would be…

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