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Donald Richie, an American expatriate in Japan who became that country's preeminent Western interpreter, explaining its culture — from cinema to Zen to tattoos — in books and essays that illuminated the author's psyche as much as that of his...
As far as decades go, the 1950s are sometimes characterized as a boring time when nothing of significance really happened. But you wouldn’t know it by these two exemplary films with new DVD releases to boast about. Made in 1950, Akira Kurosawa&...
Tribune movie criticWhen the Oscar nominations come out Tuesday, there are bound to be cries of injustice -- and in many cases, those charges will have merit. Can anyone really defend the exclusion from the Oscar nominee list in various years of movies such as "Some Like...
It's not just that Akira Kurosawa's 1950 “Rashomon” brought Japanese film to the west; or that it introduced to us the young, rising Toshiro Mifune; or that its title has become the universal shorthand for the uncertainty of the truth, as seen...
In 1954, Japan's Toho studio made three films that achieved enduring international success. The first was Akira Kurosawa's “Seven Samurai,” which shows up within the top 10 of nearly every international critics' poll. The second was “...
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The TV Guy - Orlando SentinelTCM starts its Summer Under the Stars festival Wednesday with John Wayne, arguably the biggest movie star of all. Each day in August, starting at 6 a.m., the channel will salute a performer with a 24-hour marathon. What is Wayne's best? I vote “...
The Daily MirrorFeb. 24, 1981: Young persons…. There was once a sensationally popular TV miniseries called “Shogun,” based on James Clavell’s novel set in feudal Japan, that aired in September 1980 and starred Richard Chamberlain, the former...
Zap2It.comWhoa. The next role for "The Day the Earth Stood Still" star Keanu Reeves is noticably more Earthbound. Reeves will play a samurai out to avenge his master's death in Universal's upcoming pic "47 Ronin," according to Variety. The story, based on true...
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday May 22, 1998 With "Fallen Angels" Wong Kar-Wai returns to the vignette form and the razzle-dazzle style of "Chungking Express," the film that made him internationally famous. Once again Wong takes us into Hong Kong at night, a...
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TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday February 10, 1995 With the dynamic and hilarious "How to Top My Wife," Korean filmmaker Woo-Suk Kang once again shows his mastery at putting a fresh, ingenious spin on Hollywood genres. Last year his "Two Cops" breathed new life into the...
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TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday September 20, 1996 "Last Man Standing," Walter Hill's stylish but extremely violent reworking of Akira Kurosawa's samurai classic "Yojimbo," looks sensational with cameraman Lloyd Ahern's desaturated images, sounds wonderful with its...
TIMES STAFF WRITERFriday May 5, 1995 Between 1907 and 1924 more than 19,000 Japanese women immigrated to Hawaii to marry Japanese sugar-cane workers. These couples knew little of each other beyond an exchange of photos. Drawing upon the actual experiences of many...
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