Monthly Archives: October 2020

BIFF 2020: Oct. 22

In-person events are the bread and butter of the Busan International Film Festival, which, despite its global reputation as the most important international film festival in Asia and the significance of its concurrent Asian Content Film Market, is by and … Continue reading

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Review: Madre

The news that Spanish director Rodrigo Sorogoyen was going to expand his Oscar-nominated 2017 short film to feature length was met with both excitement and dread. The premise of the short was high-concept to the point of gimmickry, and yet … Continue reading

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BIFF 2020: Oct. 21

I was finally given the tools I needed to register for online press screenings for the Busan International Film Festival. Obviously, I’m not there in person, but the organizers were kind enough to invite me to “attend” remotely, the benefit … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Oct. 18, 2020

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about universal basic income. As pointed out in the column, Heizo Takenaka, who is counterintuitively promoting a basic income plan for Japan, is one of the country’s staunchest neoliberals, and, in a sense, his ¥70,000 … Continue reading

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Review: Ainu Mosir

As with most groups referred to as “indigenous,” Japan’s Ainu, who tend to be associated with the northern island of Hokkaido, are greatly misunderstood and mostly marginalized by their non-indigenous fellow citizens. The tricky part of this dynamic is that, … Continue reading

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Review: Kim Ji-young, Born 1982

Though I haven’t read Cho Nam-joo’s international bestseller, Kim Do-young’s film adaptation of Kim Ji-young, Born 1982 apparently differs in several significant ways. For one thing, much of the novel is presented as a case study of a patient, and … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Oct. 4, 2020

Here’s this week’s Media Mix about the media’s role in helping Yoshihide Suga attain the premiership. As implied in the column, the press didn’t actively boost Suga but rather stood aside and just let the Liberal Democratic Party propaganda machine … Continue reading

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Review: The Asadas

The true story of photographer Masashi Asada and his Mie Prefecture family, who were and presumably still are the main subject of his award-winning pictures, provides such a smooth dramatic arc for a movie that early on you begin to … Continue reading

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