Is the EMPEROR Guilty?

Review of EMPEROR, Directed by Peter Webber Depending on your level of interest in WWII’s Pacific theater, you will have heard of the post-surrender dilemma: should the United States place Emperor Hirohito on trial for war crimes? To do so would satisfy the populations of the West, but it would also throw Japan into turmoil [Read More...]

Food Dreams

Review of Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Directed by David Gelb By KENDRICK KUO I love sushi, but I don’t dream of it. Jiro does. The documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi examines the life and art of Jiro Ono, who is hailed as the world’s best sushi shokunin. The word Japanese word shokunin literally means ‘craftsman’ [Read More...]

Tokyo Loneliness

Review of Tokyo Story, Directed by Yasujiro Ozu By PAUL D. MILLER Roger Ebert recently updated his personal list of the ten best film of all time.  I had seen eight of them and knew of a ninth, but had never even heard of the tenth.  I Googled the mystery film and learned that it is [Read More...]

Where’s Mom? Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Nobody Knows

Reivew of Nobody Knows, Directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda By CHRISTIAN HAMAKER There are four of them, plus mom—for a while. She’s just moved the family into a new apartment. The kids love mom, even when she implies they might be to blame for the family’s wanderings. One young child made too much noise at their [Read More...]


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