Risa Dreams of Sushi: A Visit to Ichi Sushi + Ni Bar in the Mission

by Risa Nye 

Ichi Sushi’s husband-and-wife co-owners Tim and Erin Archuleta began their courtship with bubbly and bivalves back in 2004. As Erin likes to say, they fell in love over oysters. A couple of years and many oysters later, Tim and Erin launched a successful sushi catering business—which led to the opening of Ichi Sushi, now in its second location near San Francisco’s Bernal Heights. Continue reading

PFA: Kenji Mizoguchi–A Cinema of Totality

by Frako Loden

[Be warned: Plot spoilers abound]

Mizoguchi Kenji (1898-1956) is always in the holy trinity of directors—Kurosawa Akira and Ozu Yasujirô are the other two—invoked by Western cineastes as Japan’s greatest.  But perhaps aside from his 1953 Ugetsu , which won a Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival, few non-scholarly filmgoers have actually seen his films.  Starting this week, Bay Area filmgoers will get a chance to view 16 of Mizoguchi’s most frequently screened works during the series “A Cinema of Totality” at UC Berkeley’s Pacific Film Archive (July 19–Aug. 29, 2014), all on 35mm film.  Continue reading