By Ben Terrall (Updated January 25,2023) If you’re looking for a double dose, or more, of big screen escape from the exhausting ills of our modern world, you could do a lot worse than a film festival exemplified by this bit of turgid narration: “If I’d known where it would end, I’d never let anything […]
by Kelly Vance A few quick notes on the late Hara Setsuko, but first a little context: The actresses of Japanese cinema’s golden age were quite a company of heartbreakers. Three of Japan’s most internationally renowned filmmakers got the lions’ share of the talent: Kurosawa Akira, Mizoguchi Kenji, and Ozu Yasujirô.
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by Kelly Vance Try to picture a diminutive man in a tiny all-white suit and matching white shoes, hurtling around Manila on a pint-sized motorcycle and packing an appropriately dainty submachine gun, as an agent of the Philippine government on the trail of a mysterious gang of villains.