Siff 2015: Engaging ‘Snow on the Blades’ sheds more tears than blood

Snow on the Blades “Zakurozaka no adauchi” Written by Jirô Asada (short story) Directed by Setsurô Wakamatsu Japan, 2014 For the devout, honor can become a prison. Snow on the Blades is director ...

New this Week: ‘Water for Elephants’ & ‘The King’s Speech (DVD)’

Hitting movie theaters this weekend: African Cats – Samuel L. Jackson (Narration) Deep Gold – Bebe Pham, Jaymee Ong, Michael Gleissner Madea’s Big Happy Family – Tyler Perry, Loretta Devine, Bow ...

Japan Cuts 2010: Zero Focus Review

I remember watching the 1961 black and white version of Zero Focus a long time ago thinking, 'this needs an update.' The Hitchcockian premise was very intriguing: a man disappears during his business ...

Footage from Yutaka Yamamoto’s “Watashi no Yasashikunai Senpai” surfaces on YouTube

Early last week, Tokyograph reported that 16-year-old Umika Kawashima would be covering the 1997 debut of pop idol-turned-actress Ryoko Hirosue, "Maji de Koi Suru 5 Byou Mae", as the theme song for ...

New On DVD and Blu-Ray This Week

2010 is in full swing and some really great movies are hitting store shelves this week for the first time and for the first time on Blu-ray. This week’s releases include Moon, Halloween II, ...

This week's new cinema previews

The Box (12A) (Richard Kelly, 2009, Us) Cameron Diaz, James Marsden, Frank Langella. 116 mins Will Kelly ever make another movie as good as Donnie Darko? There are signs here that he might, but he ...

Poster & Trailer: Departures

Here’s the new poster (click to enlarge) & trailer for the movie which won the Best Foreign Language film at the 2009 Academy Awards. It’s called Depeartures (Okuribito), stars Masahiro Motoki, ...

Liff '09: Departures review

(Screened as part of the 23rd Leeds International Film Festival which ran from 4th-22nd November 2009. Didn't see a Twitch review for this at all, so here we are.) The biggest problem with Yōjirō ...

‘Departures’ - The “Ticket Stubs Review”

By Austin Lugar for MovieSet.com {Ed Note: ‘Departures‘ is also known by the Japanese title ‘Okuribito’} Like most film nerds, I watched the Oscars with a lot of anticipation and predictions. So ...

Review: ‘Departures’

An unemployed cellist finds his true calling as a corpse cosmetician in the moving new Japanese film Departures. A smash hit in Japan, Departures, a film about death, life, and forgiveness, was an ...

Departures (Okuribito)

Departures (Okuribito) Directed by: Yojiro Takita Cast: Masahiro Motoki, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ryoko Hirosue Running Time: 2 hrs 10 mins Rating: PG-13 Release Date: July 3, 2009 Plot: Daigo ...

Departures

Release Date: May 29 (limited)Director: Yojiro Takita Writer: Kundo Koyama Cinematographer: Takeshi Hamada Starring: Masahiro Motoki, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Ryoko Hirosue, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, Kimiko ...

Dearly Departed, Washed In Tears

The greatest mystery of this year's Oscar ceremony was why the tear-jerker "Departures" won the foreign-language award. Of the five nominees, "Departures" is definitely the weakest. It isn't a bad ...

Summer Movie Preview

We're all for getting out in the summertime, but there might not be anything more refreshing than cooling off in a movie theater... or seeing a movie in the comfort of your air-conditioned home on ...

Indie Film Focus - "Departures" - Trailer, clips and images for the Academy Award winner.

See eight clips as well as the trailer in various formats for the Regent Releasing Academy Award®-winning drama "Departures," starring Masahiro Motoki, Ryoko Hirosue, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kazuko ...

Indie Film Focus - "Departures" - Trailer, clips and images for the Academy Award winner.

See eight clips as well as the trailer in various formats for the Regent Releasing Academy Award®-winning drama "Departures," starring Masahiro Motoki, Ryoko Hirosue, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kazuko ...

Indie Film Focus - "Departures" - Trailer, clips and images for the Academy Award winner.

See eight clips as well as the trailer in various formats for the Regent Releasing Academy Award®-winning drama "Departures," starring Masahiro Motoki, Ryoko Hirosue, Tsutomu Yamazaki, Kazuko ...

Departures Dominates Japan Academy Awards

Japanese drama Departures dominated the 2009 Japan Academy Awards, taking home 10 prizes - a day before the movie became a surprise Oscar winner. The film, about a young man who gets a job in a ...

2008 Montreal World Film Festival Awards

Yojiro Takita’s “Okuribito” (Departures) won top honors at the 2008 edition of the Montreal World Film Festival, taking home the grand prize of the Americas. Starring Masahiro Motoki, Ryoko Hirosue, ...