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Mark Schilling

Mark Schilling
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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
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 No Score Yet 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
5/5 100% 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 No Score Yet 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
2.5/5 No Score Yet Mixed Doubles (2017) Mixed Doubles is the cinematic equivalent of the makunouchi bento - a traditional boxed lunch whose ingredients are varied enough to please everyone. ‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Oct 26, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet Dawn Wind in My Poncho (2017) Its journey may not be yours, but it happens to be funny and sad in ways familiar to anyone who was once a hormone-crazed teenage boy given sobering raps across the knuckles by reality.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
3.5/5 60% Outrage Coda (2017) If the action isn't especially fresh - Kitano fans will spot references to his earlier films - his talent for spare-but-impactful visuals and mean-but-funny twists is still intact. ‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Oct 19, 2017
2/5 No Score Yet Ernesto (1979) Earnest, plodding and frankly propagandistic - it was made with the cooperation of the Cuban government - Ernesto may seem a strange project choice for a Japanese filmmaker.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2017
4/5 No Score Yet Poolsideman (Pûrusaidoman) (2017) Poolsideman is patience-testing, entertaining and disturbing.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet Tornado Girl (2017) More than a retrograde sex comedy, however, "Okuda" is a tough-love coming-of-age movie, with Koroki's fall from the heights of infatuation the key to his later growth. And Akari is no one's victim.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2017
3.5/5 77% Before We Vanish (Sanpo suru shinryakusha) (2018) Kurosawa delivers his signature chills, along with moments of unexpectedly strong emotion.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2017
5/5 90% The Third Murder (Sandome no satsujin) (2018) The Third Murder offers the satisfactions of a well-constructed suspense story, with twists that come from the characters of its principals, not plot contrivances. ‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Sep 6, 2017
3.5/5 No Score Yet Dear Etranger (Osanago warera ni umare) (2017) Realism in Japanese family dramas, even the better ones, does not often get this real‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Aug 30, 2017
3.5/5 43% Fireworks (2018) Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? stands out due to the names attached, including mega-producer Genki Kawamura.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
3/5 No Score Yet Sekigahara (2017) [Sekigahara] achieves more often than not.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Aug 24, 2017
2.5/5 No Score Yet Meatball Machine (2005) What could have been shocking or funny in smaller doses becomes head-bangingly repetitious.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2017
3.5/5 100% Out Of My Hand (2015) The movie is a rarity for not only its director and setting, but its informed, incisive examination of Liberian life and the immigrant experience in today's America.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Aug 2, 2017
3.5/5 79% Tokyo Ghoul (Tôkyô gûru) (2017) First-time director Hagiwara resists the sort of wretched excess found in the Parasyte films (particularly the histrionic second part), while keeping the action taut and the tension high.‐ Japan Times
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017