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3 items from 2010


Trailer for omnibus comedy film "Sabi Otoko Sabi Onna"

26 October 2010 12:00 PM, PDT | Nippon Cinema | See recent Nippon Cinema news »

The official website for the upcoming omnibus comedy film Sabi Otoko Sabi Onna has been updated with a low-res trailer. “Sabi” is a Japanese word for the refrain of a song, so the title refers to a theme of stories about unique men and women thrown into unconventional situations without any of the usual build up.

“Fine, Totally Fine” director Yosuke Fujita’s segment is called Hagemashi Girls and stars Nanami Sakuraba as Chiharu, a college student who lives to support others. She forms a group called “Hagemashi Girls” with classmates Mamiko (Kumiko Shiratori) and Sanae (Emiko Kawamura), and together they spend all of their time singing and dancing to encourage people. However, when they’re tapped to cheer on a slumping baseball player, their well-meaning hobby begins to backfire in unexpected ways.

From “Happy Darts” director Tomoko Matsunashi comes Boy? meets girl. Aoi Nakamura (Beck) stars as a shy »

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Time for a new haircut: Yoshino's Barber Shop Review

13 August 2010 3:58 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Not too long ago I watched Kamome Diner, a pleasant little film made by female director Naoko Ogigami. I was pretty taken with that film and it sparked enough interest to seek out more of her work. First in line was her feature length debut, Yoshino's Barber Shop, a sweet-looking comedy featuring the down-tempo atmosphere of the Japanese countryside. Lucky for me it proved to be every bit as good as expected.

Some directors are able dazzle you with their talent and completely screw up the next film, others produce a constant stream of quality work without ever blowing any fuses. Even though it's a little early to make a definite judgment, Ogigami seems to fall into the latter category. She doesn't really give me the impression that she can create a true masterpiece, on the other hand I won't expect to see anything less than great coming from her. »

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Yoshiyuki Morishita is ready for his extreme close-up, Mr. deMille!

19 February 2010 3:20 PM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

And now for a Twitch-o-Meter which is slightly different.

Watching a Japanese film at my leisure last week, I was suddenly disturbed by the appearance of a supporting character which I've seen pop up all over the place. It's a skinny little guy with incredibly bad teeth, and he is always used for comic effect. Or so I thought...

Looking him up in IMDb I discovered his name is Yoshiyuki Morishita and his filmography is astounding. I apparently have seen scores and scores of films with him in it! Well, in some of those he probably wasn't using his trademark moronic "graveyard" grin otherwise I'd have remembered him even better.

So once again I'm going to use a turn in the Twitch-o-Meter to do a gallery of 5 close-ups of one of my ehm... most ubiquitous thespians. Guess which 5 movies they're from.

No competition, no prizes, just for fun, try to »

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