Mark Schilling

Mark Schilling
Mark Schilling's reviews only count toward the Tomatometer when published at the following Tomatometer-approved publication(s): Screen International Japan Times

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
3/5 No Score Yet Kioku ni gozaimasen (2019) I found myself grinning as [writer and director Koki] Mitani pulled one plot rabbit after another out of his hat - or rather his still nimble brain. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 12, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet Typhoon Family (2019) Falls back on standard genre tropes. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 4, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Mugen Foundation (2019) More than just a new talent showcase, Mugen Foundation is an experiment in form. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 28, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Dance with Me (Dansu wizu mî) (2019) The song-and-dance scene is staged with an energy and panache that recall classic Hollywood musicals, but underscored by [director Shinobu] Yaguchi's own brand of realism. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Aesop's Game (2019) The story burbles along entertainingly enough, but is contrived in the extreme. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet Paradise Next (2019) The film is more about atmospherics and attitudinizing than compelling storytelling. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 7, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Melancholic (2019) Darkly funny, viscerally thrilling and improbably heartwarming. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 31, 2019
4/5 57% A Girl Missing (Yokogao) (2019) [Koji Fukada] gives his actors space to create wordless moments that speak eloquently. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 24, 2019
2/5 No Score Yet Tokyo Ghoul S (2019) In the end, though, Tokyo Ghoul 'S' is strenuously predictable. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 18, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet Diner (2019) A bacchanalia of the senses that threatens to end in stupefaction and silliness, Diner becomes a cracked ode to feminine power. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 3, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Bento Harassment (2019) The opening scenes of Bento Harassment offer fresh twists on the perennial theme of inter-generational strife as well as on familiar foodie movie tropes. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 26, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Handling Method for Grumpy Women (2019) As Ai, [Akari] Hayami is earnest and direct, but not annoyingly didactic. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2019
3.5/5 100% To the Ends of the Earth (Tabi no Owari Sekai no Hajimari) (2019) A uniquely-Kurosawa mix of showbiz comedy, woman-in-jeopardy thriller and romantic drama with [Atsuko] Maeda's lonely-but-intrepid heroine serving as the strong connecting thread. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 12, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Erica 38 (2019) [Miyoko] Asada fully inhabits the character, from her surface affability and relentless drive to her essential hollowness. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 5, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet A Long Goodbye (2019) These subplots are mostly filler of a familiar sort. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 30, 2019
3.5/5 57% Jesus (Boku wa Iesusama ga Kirai) (2018) Less a snarky sacrilege than a projection of Yura's own limited understanding - a kid-sized savior, if you will. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 22, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Hamabe no gêmu (Jeux de plage) (2019) I left the screening room laughing. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Kakegurui: The Movie (2019) It's also a sharp commentary about a society that, for all its surface niceness, can be brutally competitive, with few second chances for the losers. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Only The Cat Knows (2018) But the comic bits are pungent and sharp, while the more serious scenes have depth and bite. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Lust in a Karaoke Box (2018) Similar to his two celebrated senpai (seniors), [director Shinya] Tamada creates visual dynamism in a confined space. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted May 16, 2019
3.5/5 93% Kingdom (2019) Kingdom clips along while delivering intricately and imaginatively choreographed action scenes that are fun to watch if not especially deep. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 17, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet Love's Twisting Path (2019) More than splashy stunts and effects, Nakajima stages these scenes with subtle movements that signal an explosive clash and wave-like rhythms of attack and defense that build to a life-or-death test. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 11, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet JK Rock (2019) "JK Rock" cleverly combines a main story about hot-looking rockers with a subplot about a teen girl band. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet Marriage Hunting Beauty (Bijin Ga Konkatsu Shite) (2019) It's somewhat like watching a wealthy heiress torn between investing in a safe-but-dull mutual fund or an exciting-but-risky start-up. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 1, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet Makuko (2019) The movie and its audience are not so lucky. Hit rewind all you want: It's still the same derivative, overly obvious "Makuko." - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 21, 2019
3.5/5 85% Ramen Shop (Ramen teh) (2019) Unlike the Japanese movie chefs who cook as a semi-religious ritual - Zen and the art of omelet flipping - Wee demystifies his work while making his creations look delicious. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet Running Again (2019) Given that everyone in this impromptu running club is dealing with problems that would normally require the better part of a film to solve, the scriptwriters had their work cut out for them. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet The Island of Cats (2019) This movie is a mental vacation, with images of lovable cats and portrayals of pure-hearted island folk easing away stress like a long soak in a hot spring. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2019
4/5 No Score Yet Fly Me to the Saitama (Tonde Saitama) (2019) The film is packed with spot-on observations and pointed jabs at the similarly disrespected prefectures of Chiba, Gunma, Tochigi and Ibaraki. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Bone Born Bone (2019) Having attended a few funerals here and seen dozens more on the screen, I thought I knew a bit about the ceremonies and rituals surrounding death in Japan. But "Born Bone Born" by comedian and director Toshiyuki Teruya proved me wrong. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 25, 2019
3.5/4 No Score Yet Whistleblower (2019) There are layers within layers to this story. At its heart is a cover-up that, if revealed, would blow the company sky high. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2019
3.5/5 No Score Yet 12 Suicidal Teens (2019) The stories of the 12 come out, as they must, but the film does not delve sentimentally into their pasts. There are no hokey flashbacks, no overwrought tears. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3.5/5 80% Chiwawa (Chiwawa-chan) (2019) Chiwawa, as always, remains elusive. Proving again that someone can be "it" without anyone knowing what "it" actually is. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Divine Justice (2019) I didn't quite buy into it but I had to applaud its ingenuity and wonder how its creator cooked up his elaborately tricky routine - I mean script - with its sleight-of-hand-like plot. Now you understand it, now you don't. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 25, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet This Old Road - Konomichi (2019) The film itself is squarely in the genre's local mainstream in being more of an earnest hagiography than an expose. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Astral Abnormal Suzuki (2019) "Astral" indeed. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
2.5/5 No Score Yet It Comes (2019) Kuroki raises it to another level with emotions, from raw anger to disturbed self-loathing, stronger than the film's credulity-straining scares. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 8, 2019
3/5 No Score Yet Jam (2006) The gags are on the silly side, while the brawls and other action scenes aspire to violent realism but end up looking transparently fake, perhaps deliberately so. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 5, 2018
4/5 100% Killing (Zan) (2018) Fans of the genre, eager to see slicing and dicing, may become impatient with Mokunoshin's quest for an answer, but the action, when it comes, is all the more impactful. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 27, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet Hard-Core (2018) As odd as they may be, his two main protagonists have deep-rooted traumas that make them more humanly three-dimensional - and the film more than a campy farrago. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet Love at Least (2018) Kiyoshi Sasabe's heart-warming adaptation of a popular manga with a depressed hero - "Love At Least" offers no comforting advice nor uplifting arc of recovery. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 5, 2018
4/5 100% Ten Years Japan (2018) Segments are also sharp and to the point, if different in style. Unusual for an omnibus film, the quality level is consistently high. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet Passage of Life (2017) Instead of a case study of types, it becomes a group portrait of individuals with universal anxieties and hopes, drawn with an insider's knowledge. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 17, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet Every Day a Good Day (Nichinichi Kore Kôjitsu) (2018) A shining embodiment of mindfulness - the philosophy and practice of living in the moment that is both timeless and trendy. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet You Are the Apple of My Eye (Na xie nian, wo men yi qi zhui de nu hai) (2011) Kosuke and Mana's rocky relationship has a genuine internal logic of its own, though it violates a cardinal genre rule: Opposites may quarrel, but love conquers all. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 3, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet My Dad Is a Heel Wrestler (2018) Tanahashi vehicle it may be, but "My Dad is a Heel Wrestler" is also a full-throated, body-slamming celebration of a spandex brotherhood. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet The Hungry Lion (Ueta raion) (2017) Ogata, who based the film on his own original script, draws no lessons, moralistic or otherwise. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet The Miracle of Crybaby Shottan: Its Never Too Late to Make Your Move (2018) Despite the obvious aim to win sympathy for its hard-luck hero, the film is less manipulative than it is faithful to the outlines of Segawa's life. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
3.5/5 75% Asako I & II (Netemo sametemo) (2019) The resulting choices that Asako makes may also seem overly obvious, but the film doesn't sort into any of the usual genre categories, just as its ending is intriguingly ambiguous, though that may just be my own skepticism talking. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 5, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Killing for the Prosecution (Kensatsu gawa no zainin) (2018) In this extremely talky movie, the most eloquent line is a primal scream. - Japan Times EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018