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Culture, The Exhibitionist Tales from the 2015 J-POP SUMMIT Festival: Eyenoise, Uchizono-san's Pick, and Very Few Mikus

Tales from the 2015 J-POP SUMMIT Festival: Eyenoise, Uchizono-san's Pick, and Very Few Mikus

The J-POP SUMMIT Festival is a celebration of all things related to Japanese pop culture, and as I lamented in my preview of the Japan Film Festival, this year's shindig moved from its native Japantown to Fort Mason,…
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Film, Empire Strikes Back

Empire Strikes Back

You want a history lesson? Take a class. You want clanging swords, sneering villains, storybook romance, and bloody vengeance? Here's a brawny old-school epic to make the CGI tumult of 300, Alexander, and Troy look like sissy-boy slap parties. Mongol,…
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Film, Warrior King

Warrior King

Just over a decade ago, Russian director Sergei Bodrov made his mark on the West with his Academy Award–nominated movie, Prisoner of the Mountains, which transplanted a Tolstoy children's novella to Russia's war with Chechnya. Though Prisoner seemed an unlikely…
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Calendar, Night&Day The Wrath of Khan

The Wrath of Khan

You want a history lesson? Take a class. You want clanging swords, sneering villains, storybook romance, and bloody vengeance? Mongol is a brawny old-school epic to make the CGI tumult of 300, Alexander, and Troy look like sissy-boy slap parties.…
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