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“Tampopo” Honors the Culinary Art

By Thomas William Price, Contributing Writer

There are few movies that celebrate food in the manner that the 1985 film “Tampopo” does. There is something so divinely blissful about every aspect of this film that permeates to the audience in a way that is as delicious as the noodles we see the characters eating. 415 more words


Happy Birthday: Ken Watanabe

Ken Watanabe

Born: October 21, 1959 in Uonuma, Japan

I have no sense of myself as a sex symbol at all. But the meaning of sex symbol might be a little different in Japan to elsewhere. 180 more words

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October 21: Happy Birthday Carrie Fisher and Dizzy Gillespie

Carrie Fisher celebrates her 60th birthday today.  The daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds, she made her Broadway debut in the 1973 revival of the musical… 1,199 more words

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Busan: ‘Rage’ Star Ken Watanabe Lauds Festival’s Brave Fight

BUSAN – Japanese star Ken Watanabe wasted no time – and did not mince his words – in discussing the recent problems of the Busan festival and the trust issues raised by film “Rage.” 217 more words


Review: Films Set In Japan – The Sea Of Trees (2015)

The infamous Aokigahara is at the centre of this fairly slow moving 110 minute film directed by Gus Van Sant. Located at the northwest base of Mount Fuji, this 35-square-kilometre forest has the nickname of Suicide Forest or Sea of Trees and sees an American man called Arthur Brennan (Matthew McConaughey) travel to Japan to kill himself in the forest where he ends up meeting Takumi Nakamura (Ken Watanabe); a Japanese man  who has the same thoughts. 632 more words

Review: Films Set In Japan

Godzilla (2014) - slice

The thing about Gareth Edwards’ version is that it really does not care about its story. As far as the narrative goes, it comes to its audience and says, “hey, this is a film about three huge monsters destroying everything, so shut the fuck up and watch.” There are plot holes everywhere, characters are as one dimensional as they can be, some shoddy attempt at relating Godzilla to the atomic regret, and really, the ending is a mess. 389 more words


TIFF 16: Politics, Violence and a Bit of Love

By: Daniel Reynolds

The rhythms of TIFF by Friday, and the final weekend, are different. Most of the “stars” are gone, King Street is open, and while the films are still being shown day and night, the buzz has quieted down. 1,850 more words