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Nigai Mitsu

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on April 2010 Sometime actor Yukinori Kameda takes a stab at directing an old fashioned mystery—and does a pretty decent job of it. In the grand tradition of Agatha Christie and Ellery Queen (both of whom…

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Righteous Kill

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on April 2010 If Al Pacino and Robert De Niro are going to be in movies together, they should choose better scripts (and directors; Jon Avnet perpetrated 88 Minutes). In this lackluster police procedural, two veteran…

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Solanin

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on April 2010 Like recent films Kakera and Miyoko Asagaya Kibun, Solanin is based on a popular manga that deals with youngsters facing the challenges of life. Unlike those somewhat gritty and realistic flicks, though, this…

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Apr 15, 2010

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on April 2010 The Russian-French coproduction Le Concert (2009) will screen from April 17 at Shibuya’s Le Cinema (03-3477-9111 www.bunkamura.co.jp) and Ginza’s Cine Switch (03-3561-0707 www.cineswitch.com). The film tells the fictional story of a renowned conductor…

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An Education

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on April 2010 It’s always fascinating to witness the birth of a new star. This coming-of-age tale, based on a memoir by British journalist Lynn Barber, is well acted, ably screen-written by Nick Hornby, and deftly…

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Johnny Mad Dog

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on April 2010 Shooting Dogs or Hotel Rwanda without the nice. There are few things more heartrending than the children forced into rebel armies in Africa and trained to kill with an intensity that would make…

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Alice in Wonderland

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on April 2010 The last thing I expected from Tim Burton was a dumbing down for the multiplex crowd. And since when did he ever need that annoying 3D? It’s “Burton does Disney” rather than Disney…

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Shutter Island

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on April 2010 To stretch the cliché to its limits, all is not what it seems in this dark and devious, A-list B-movie from Martin Scorsese. In 1954, a federal marshal (Leonardo DiCaprio) arrives at an…

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A Dangerous Man

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on April 2010 Well, maybe if you’re allergic to brow-furrowing. Steven Seagal’s latest remake of the same direct-to-video movie he’s been doing for a decade (OK, the zombie movie was a departure) features lines like, “I’m…

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Moon

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on April 2010 As (a very good) Sam Rockwell nears the end of his three-year hitch as the lone human operator at an automated lunar mining base, strange things begin to happen. He seems to be…

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Darling wa Gaikokujin

Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on April 2010 Most films reviewed in this column have little direct relevance to the lives of expats in Japan. Not this one. Based on a well-known manga series by Saori Oguri (see Books, page 19),…

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