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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

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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
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
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
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
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
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
Read More | Posted Sep 7, 2018
3.5/5 71% Asako I & II (Netemo sametemo) (2018) 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
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
Read More | Posted Aug 21, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet The Exorcist Nurse (2018) An ode - one of many in Japanese films - to self-sacrificing women, portraying its nurses as professionals who, whatever their personal failings, are ultimately dedicated to their patients, the possessed ones included.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Aug 8, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Sensei Kunshu (2018) The moony heroine, Ayuha Samaru, is as dim and inconstant as an expiring light bulb. All she knows for sure is that she really wants a boyfriend.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2018
3/5 80% Bleach (2018) Powers and rules are carefully explained, in some cases with humor-inflected animations that a child (and I) could understand.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Boy Soldiers: The Secret War in Okinawa (Okinawa Supai Senshi) (2018) Featuring interviews with elderly Okinawans who were children at the time, the film matches their witness testimony to period photographs and footage, creating a vivid document that strips away official lies and sentimentalized fictions.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Still Life of Memories (2018) Still Life of Memories illuminates nature's infinity of expression while obliterating its subject's individual humanity (if by her own design). Call it enlightening, disturbing and, like all unshared manias, exhausting.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
95% Himizu (2013) The overheated emotions and overamped screeching would have soon become unbearable if Sono hadn't also carefully stylized everything from the acting to the art direction - a welcome (if thin) form of visual and mental insulation.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet The Chrysanthemum and the Guillotine (2018) One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. I'm not sure if Takahisa Zeze knows this phrase but it applies to the heroes of his new film. ‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2018
1.5/5 No Score Yet You, Your, Yours (Kimi Ga, Kimi De, Kimi Da) (2018) For this reviewer, however, seeing it was like reliving lunchtime at my high school cafeteria, if with dumber jokes and more obnoxious classmates.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jul 6, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Name (Namae) (2018) Just as the story is falling into a familiar pattern of oil-and-water types mixing, if not falling "in love," it abruptly changes direction and upsets everything we thought we knew.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2018
4/5 100% One Cut of the Dead (Kamera o tomeru na!) (2017) Filmed with a crazed energy and headlong pace, its big joke being the nutty director obsessed with his art in the middle of chaos.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 20, 2018
5/5 98% Shoplifters (Manbiki kazoku) (2018) Kore-eda, who trained as a documentary filmmaker and once aspired to be a novelist, inserts lines that illuminate and pierce, while masterfully building to a climax stronger in reflection than the moment.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 13, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet The Man from the Sea (Umi wo kakeru) (2018) The evocative - if frustratingly diffuse - "The Man from the Sea," Fukada takes this internationalism several steps further.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Over Drive (2018) Since "Over Drive" is aimed at the widest possible audience, presumably impressionable kids included, the inevitable cost of all that risk-taking is underplayed. ‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Enokida Trading Co. (Enokida bôekidô) (2018) The film plays like a sitcom, if one too low-key and offbeat for Japanese network TV, that likes its comedy loud and broad.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jun 6, 2018
4/5 100% The Blood of Wolves (Korou no chi) (2018) Director Kazuya Shiraishi delivers more of a homage than a revamp in "The Blood of Wolves," a cop thriller based on Yuko Yuzuki's novel of the same Japanese title.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Mori, the Artist's Habitat (2018) Instead of nodding off, however, I found myself both laughing at Kumagai, who in close-ups looks like a gray-bearded Gulliver as he inspects his garden's tiny wildlife, and sharing his fascination and joy.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted May 18, 2018
3.5/5 100% Oh Lucy! (2018) The gags often play on stereotypes, while the drama sometimes verges on the overwrought. Yet on the whole the film is meticulously crafted; fine detailing is often absent in the usual Japanese "international" movie, whose brush of choice is broad.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted May 2, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Love x Doc (2018) Walk in for the laughs, walk out with a raging sweet tooth.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Apr 25, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Inuyashiki (2018) [Sato] stages clashes between his two antagonists that test them beyond the limits of their flesh-and-blood humanity, while revving up the visual pyrotechnics.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet Yamato (California) (2016) Compton, California, meet Yamato, Kanagawa.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Eriko, Pretended (Miewoharu) (2016) We now imagine that, after trials and tribulations both funny and heart-warming, Eriko will find a new family and purpose... But the film, thankfully, undermines those expectations, if it doesn't blow them sky high.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Apr 5, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Smokin' on the Moon (2017) More interesting is Narita's Rakuto, whose street-kid rawness and vulnerability recalls the title character of "Ryuji," Toru Kawashima's 1983 classic. ‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Mar 28, 2018
2/5 No Score Yet Sakura Guardian in the North (Kita no sakuramori) (2018) This melodrama about the travails of a war widow (Yoshinaga) in postwar Hokkaido strenuously jerks tears and shamelessly exploits core values, particularly motherly self-sacrifice and endurance in the face of suffering.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet La La La at Rock Bottom (Misono Universe) (2015) Yamashita is after something harder: a drama about the fraught process of human connection and redemption following traumas and losses that seem to destroy human trust.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Mar 8, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Tremorings of Hope (2018) From a macro perspective, the film over-dramatizes the politics of a small village festival. But Agatsuma, who spent 12 years on this, also delivers the micro moments that capture a mood, tell a story and illuminate a larger problem.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Redline (2011) Their story is also old-school - and not always in a good way. ‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Sunny (Sanî/32) (2018) Finally, for all its nastiness and excess, Sunny/32 becomes a twisted paean to female resilience and power. ‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Mar 1, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Going the Distance (2016) The entire film stands on its final scene - and it is perfect, following powerfully as it does from everything that has come before.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Feb 22, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet River's Edge (Ribazu ejji) (2018) Yukisada, a veteran who has made unblinking dramas about the young something of a specialty, has never hesitated to turn up the emotional and physical heat and River's Edge is no exception.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Feb 16, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet Thicker Than Water (Kenen) (2018) The film doesn't go completely off these rails, but it surprises with character revelations and plot twists...Yoshida views his pairs of combatants with compassion, if from a distance.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet The Scythian Lamb (Hitsuji no ki) (2017) It squarely addresses the consequences of the ultimate crime for both the perpetrators and the society in which they live. For the paroled six rehabilitation is a possibility, but so is a reversion to violence.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Feb 7, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet Blank 13 (2017) But instead of going down the well-trodden path to florid melodrama, with blows and tears leading the way, the film morphs, midway through its 70-minute running time, into an actors' workshop, with sharp improvised turns by familiar names. ‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Feb 2, 2018
3.5/5 No Score Yet Our House (Watashitachi no ie) (2017) Kiyohara has a conviction in her alternative reality -- and a talent for evoking it.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2018
3/5 No Score Yet We Make Antiques! (Uso happyaku) (2018) Even under-60 outlanders will find bits to enjoy and ponder.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2018
4/5 No Score Yet Tremble All You Want (Katte ni furuetero) (2017) Matsuoka succeeds brilliantly. On camera in nearly every scene, she brings Yoshika to life with originality, charm and never a false note. Applaud all you want.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
3/5 83% Mr. Long (Ryu san) (2017) [Chang Chen] does this more with attitudes and gestures than words - his Long is not a talker, to put it mildly. Nonetheless, he has a charisma that carries the film through its nothing-much-happening longueurs.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jan 3, 2018
2.5/5 No Score Yet Vigilante (2017) The film's various conflicts play out to less than foregone conclusions. Long before, however, I was yearning to see light at the end of the film's chthonic tunnel.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Dec 7, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet Hanagatami (2017) The result is a phantasmagoria of rapid cutting, perfervid acting and extravagant visuals, with the moon a giant ball bathing the sea and islands near Karatsu in heavenly splendor.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Dec 6, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet The Lowlife (Saitei.) (2017) A glossing over of the industry's coercive underside? Perhaps, but this portrayal reflects a truth: These women are the reason the business exists.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Nov 22, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet Yocho 'Foreboding' (2017) Stiff, purposeful movements, dead eyes and contemptuous grins will send chills down your spine, but they never shade over to the cartoonish.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Nov 15, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet Hyouka: Forbidden Secrets (Hyôka) (2017) Hyouka is also that rare kind of film that presents the uncomfortable truth that not only is youth fleeting but also that the young are quickly forgotten by those who come after them.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Nov 8, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet Goodbye, Grandpa! (Ojiichan shinjattatte) (2017) Goodbye, Grandpa! is nonetheless perceptive about how death impacts the family of the deceased title grandpa, from grandkids who barely remember him to adult children nursing old grudges.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Nov 1, 2017