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Japan Cuts Interview: Cut Above Award Winner Kirin Kiki on Living Life and Art on Her Own Terms

In a career that spans over half a century, Kirin Kiki is the epitome of the late-blooming rose.  From wild, comedic parts early in her career, to the wry, scene-stealing elder roles that won her awards later in life, Kirin-san...

Review: It's Oh So Quiet in Kore-eda Hirokazu's AFTER THE STORM

In Kore-eda's world, the storm is not a cause of destruction and pain but a helping agent to bond with each other- something the current Japanese society has lost due to modern life taking its course. But the film is so old-fashioned and soft-edged, it hardly registers on an emotional level. Still a great little film. But after the greatness that was Our Little Sister, After the Storm feels like a minor Kore-eda.

Japan Cuts 2016 Interview: Cut Above Award Winner Lily Franky on THE SHELL COLLECTOR

Novelist, illustrator, scriptwriter, radio host, and even as a singer, Lily Franky mastered many arts before his muse called him to become one of Japan’s most popular character actors.  Receiving Japan Cuts’ Cut Above award, Franky spoke with me about...

Review: OUR LITTLE SISTER Packs A Most Gentle Punch

For years now, Japanese director Kore-eda Hirokazu has been making films that have an uncommonly humanist core. Often emotional, sometimes openly feel-good even, his films somehow never become the saccharine dross they would undoubtedly be in lesser hands. One of...

Kore-Eda Hirokazu's AFTER THE STORM Details Announced

Kore-Eda Horokazu's next film, After the Storm (Umi yori mo Mada Fukaku), will be released in Japan on May 21, 2016, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Kore-Eda's previous two films (Like Father, Like Son and Our Little Sister) debuted at...

Camera Japan 2015 Review: OUR LITTLE SISTER Shows The Cold Through Blissful Warmth

For years now, Japanese director Kore-eda Hirokazu has been making films which have an uncommonly humanist core. Often emotional, sometimes openly feel-good even, his films somehow never become the saccharine dross they would undoubtedly be in lesser hands. One of...

Camera Japan 2015: Line-up And Recommendations

Every autumn the Camera Japan festival descends on Rotterdam for a long weekend, after which it transforms into a traveling festival which visits several other cities as well. This year, on September the 24th, the festival celebrates its 10th...

Review: LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON Affectingly Debates Nature Vs. Nurture

It seems Kore-eda Hirokazu is incapable of making bad movies. The babies-switched-at-birth premise in films is nothing new. But he just makes it so darn affecting and poignant, avoiding all the clichés that go with this kind of blurry-eyed family...