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Rookies – Episode 8 (Review)

ROOKIES Episode 8 Review by David Cirone SUMMARY The Nikogaku team faces off against their old nemesis Enatsu (Yusuke Kamiji), the instigator of the brawl that disbanded the team and crushed the dreams of the young players. Kawato (Ryuta Sato) states it outright at the start of the episode, proclaiming that the boys are facing …

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The Yellow Handkerchief (Review)

The Yellow Handkerchief (Shiawase no Kiiroi Hankachi) Review by David Cirone Starring Ken Takakura as a drifter picked up by a joyriding young couple, The Yellow Handkerchief starts out with just enough tension to keep you hooked on the possible outcomes of what is essentially a loosely-plotted, dialogue-heavy road movie. Will Takakura’s character reveal the …

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Rookies – Episode 7 (Review)

ROOKIES Episode 7 Review by David Cirone SUMMARY Enraged by the sight of Enatsu (Yusuke Kamiji) and his thugs holding a beaten and bloody Hiyama (Yosuke Kawamura), Aniya and his team rush in to defend him, but Hiyama stops the fight before it can begin, reminding his teammates that fighting will end their journey toward …

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Team LA Japan presents Seven Souls in the Skull Castle event party on Jan 11

Team L.A. Japan presents “2015 New Year’s Kimono Party” featuring a film screening of Seven Souls in the Skull Castle by the writer of Kill La Kill and Gurren Lagan and an after party headlined by L.A.’s J-Pop event producers and DJs Tune in Tokyo.

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Harajuku Denier preview features members of BEE SHUFFLE

Members of the Japanese-Korean boy band BEE SHUFFLE show off their dramatic skills in the preview video for the upcoming film Harajuku Denier, which co-stars actress/black belt/future Attack on Titan star Rina Takeda. The film’s interlocking stories take place in Tokyo’s center for high-fashion and culture, Harajuku, revolving around a no-nonsense parking attendant (Takeda). At …

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Like Father, Like Son (Soshite Chichi ni Naru) (Film Review)

Like Father, Like Son (Soshite Chichi ni Naru) Review by David Cirone An early scene in Like Father, Like Son introduces the Ninomiya family at their son’s entrance exam for elementary school. Mother Midori (Machiko Ono) would be just fine with her son Kieta attending a public school, but father Ryota (Masaharu Fukuyama) won’t settle …

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Shazai no Ousama (The Apology King) (Review)

The Apology King (Shazai no Ousama) Review by David Cirone For the first hour of Shazai no Ousama (The Apology King), Sadao Abe’s tour-de-force comedic performance is so detailed, surprising, and funny that it distracted me from the larger, heartfelt film that forms in the background. The film delivers many well-earned laughs as openly skewers …

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Suitei Yuuzai (Series Review)

Suitei Yuuzai (Presumption of Guilt) Review by David Cirone SUMMARY Twelve years ago, a young girl is found murdered in a park. The police come up empty-handed, but their chief suspect is a long-shot — a door-to-door salesman Shinozuka (Jun Kunimura) with a history of assault. Unable to find firm evidence, they pin their case …

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