TOKYO — "The Great Passage," Yuya Ishii's drama about a nerdy editor (Ryuhei Matsuda) who spends decades diligently bringing a dictionary to publication, while quietly romancing his landlady's…
‘The Great Passage’
Yuya Ishii takes a step forward in budget and ambition with this gently absorbing comedy-drama about the writing and compilation of a new Japanese dictionary.
From India, surprising news: Ritesh Batra's acclaimed Cannes debut “The Lunchbox” will not be India's submission for the best foreign-language film award at the Oscars. The news from Japan was no…
2016-2017 Oscar Predictions
TOKYO — Japan has picked Ishii Yuya's quirky drama “The Great Passage” (Fune o Amu) as its contender for the foreign-language Academy Awards race. It stars Matsuda Ryuhei as a nerdy bookworm who…
LONDON — Julian Roman Polsler’s “The Wall” has been selected as Austria’s entry in the foreign-language film Oscar race. It tells the story of the transformation in the life of a woman (played by…
HONG KONG — "Juvenile Offender," a tough mother and son drama featuring a youngster released from a correctional facility, has been selected to represent South Korea in the foreign-language category…
An Islamic seminary school in India has issued a decree against cartoons, calling them contrary to the religion. The Darul Uloom in Deoband, Uttar Pradesh, which is known for its fatwas, said that as…
This quixotic documentary seeks to defend Jewish entrepreneur Bernard Natan against claims that he got his start peddling silent-era pornography.
For the Russian biz to develop further it needs to cultivate more producers of the stature of Alexander Rodnyansky, who has established a stable of interlinking companies that allow him to exploit…
This lyrical meditation on crows in the Japanese capital offers a rewarding wide for viewers who can go with the flow.
This fact-based drama has lovely isolated moments but proves understated to a fault.