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Can our children pick and choose the personality traits they inherit, or are they doomed to obtain our lesser qualities? These are the hard questions being meditated on in After the Storm, a sobering, transcendent tale of a divorced man’s efforts to nudge back into his son’s life. Beautifully shot by regular cinematographer Yutaka Yamasaki, it marks a welcome and quite brilliant return to serious fare for writer-editor-director Hirokazu Kore-eda following last year’s Our Little Sister, widely regarded as one of the slightest works of his career thus far.
Recent Kore-eda regular Abe Hiroshi plays Ryota, a prize-winning author struggling to live up to the success of his first novel. He’s a father of one, a gambling addict, and probably a bit of an asshole. We learn the man’s been researching for his follow-up book by moonlighting as a private eye. The job adds an »
- Rory O'Connor
Here’s some (more) sad news that we missed earlier in the week: Rod Daniel, the director of Teen Wolf, has died, at the age of 73.
Daniel’s directorial career also covered films such as Like Father Like Son, K-9, Home Alone 4 and Beethoven’s 2nd. He notably was quite dismissive of his own work in a later interview he gave, telling reporter Christopher Borrelli that “I hold no illusions. I wouldn’t buy a ticket to any of my movies”.
“It's going to sound like a cop-out, but when I retired, I never once thought about it. Does that answer your question? I don't rank with the greats. I made these [expletive] movies because I could, and because they paid me a great deal of money. Which is not to say I »
“Black Widow Business,” a suspense comedy about aging spinsters who try to con wealthy old men out of their fortunes, is one of a trio of new films to be pitched by Japan’s Toho at this week’s Hong Kong FilMart. The three lift the sales slate for Toho, Japan’s leading film conglomerate, to a hefty 15 titles.
The so-called ‘senior marriage business,’ is a scam which has recently become a major social issue in Japan, where a large portion of the population is retired. The story sees a middle-aged woman unexpectedly fall in love with one of her targets. Directed by 76-year-old Yasuo Tsuruhashi (“Genji Monogatari: Sennen no Nazo”,) “Business” is set for an Aug. 27 release in Japan.
- Sonia Kil
3 items from 2016
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