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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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What Just Happened

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2010 The satire in this send-up by Barry Levinson (Wag the Dog) of the Hollywood film machine is constant and sly. So sly, however, that those not directly involved in the “movie business” may…

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Cop Out

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2010 Jersey auteur Kevin Smith’s latest and most juvenile film is this flaccid buddy-cop opera starring Tracy Morgan and Bruce Willis (zilch chemistry) that thinks it’s way funnier than it is. In this homage…

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Tsuyoshi Kusanagi

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2010 Smap singer Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, 36, and actress Yukie Nakama (Gokusen, Trick), 30, will star in a TBS miniseries set in the 1960s called 99-year Love: Japanese-Americans. The drama tells the story of a…

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September 2, 2010

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2010 Shibuya’s Cinema Vera (1-5 Maruyamacho, Shibuya-ku; www.cinemavera.com) is opening its vaults to show a collection of masterpieces from the history of cinema, September 4-October 1. The lineup includes works that will be familiar…

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Hana to Hebi 3

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on September 2010 The Hana to Hebi film series holds a special place in Japanese cinematic history. The first movie, a roman porno work released in 1974, was adapted from Oniroku Dan’s series of novels, and…

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