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Tatsumi: Godfather of alternative manga is reborn on film

Nov 12, 2014

Tatsumi: Godfather of alternative manga is reborn on film

by Giovanni Fazio

Manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi has always enjoyed a certain level of fame in his home country, where he’s known as the originator of gekiga, a hard-boiled style of manga from the 1960s-’70s. Overseas, however, it’s only since 2009 that his reputation has risen meteorically, ...

Daijobu 3 Kumi (Nobody's Perfect)

Nov 12, 2014

Daijobu 3 Kumi (Nobody's Perfect)

by Mark Schilling

Director: Ryuichi Hiroki Language: Japanese (subtitled in English) Based on Hirotada Ototake’s autobiographical novel about teaching in a primary school despite being born without arms and legs, Ryuichi Hiroki’s classroom drama was obviously made to educate and inspire. The film does not gloss over ...

Twin Sisters

Nov 12, 2014

Twin Sisters

by Giovanni Fazio

Director: Mona Friis Bertheussen Language: English, Norwegian (subtitled in English) A pair of orphaned twins in China are each adopted as infants by separate families, one from Norway and the other from California. Officials deny the girls are twins, but a DNA test proves ...

A more potent beauty, a more complex beast

Nov 5, 2014

A more potent beauty, a more complex beast

by Kaori Shoji

Some people under 40 are likely to think “Beauty and the Beast” is a classic story created by Disney in 1991. But that animated movie, which has enthralled millions of little girls and boys (and many of their parents, too), was actually based on ...

Parasyte: Gory invasion of the cannibal body snatchers

Nov 5, 2014

Parasyte: Gory invasion of the cannibal body snatchers

by Mark Schilling

The closing film of this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival, Takashi Yamazaki’s “Kiseiju: Part 1 (Parasyte: Part 1),” arrives in theaters with a lot of hype. Based on Hitoshi Iwaaki’s best-selling manga about the stealth invasion of Earth by alien parasites, the film is ...