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On July 14, 2017, destiny manifest. In a bright room in the offices of ABKCO Music & Records in New York City, I sat with maestro Alejandro Jodorowsky, director of the legendary films “El Topo” and “The Holy Mountain”. Mr. Jodorowsy was visiting New York to promote his...

One of Japan’s most well-known film directors Nobuhiko Obayashi visited New York City’s Japan Society to attend the largest retrospective of his films ever presented in the United States. His first feature, the 1977 horror film “House”, is probably his most popular in...

In his work as a filmmaker Portuguese director Miguel Gomes strives to discover the film, and by this approach he exposes its quintessence in the six-and-a-half hour feature “Arabian Nights.” The film, which satirically chronicles contemporary Portugal languishing in h...

Every July, Japan Society hosts the much-awaited festival of new Japanese films Japan Cuts! Actors and directors visit the festival to add radiant Japanese color to the New York City midsummer. This year, actress Sakura Ando attended the festival to present two of her...

Filmmaker Godfrey Reggio has been conversing with us through film since his legendary “Koyaanisqatsi.” Through varied approaches he has allowed us to witness the conditions of the environment and the state of our contemporary society. No dialogue is his particular styl...

In French filmmaker Catherine Breillat’s new film “Abuse of Weakness (Abus de faiblesse),” film director Maud (Isabelle Huppert) suffers a stroke leaving her with hemiplegia on the left side of her body. Lying in a hospital bed, she can’t move without help from doctors...

French filmmaker Claire Denis exhibits the unspoken elements of our world through cinema. Works like “Beau Travail” showed paranoia of homosexuality in men and “Trouble Every Day” explored existentialism through modern-day cannibalism. Her newest drama “Basta...

In contemporary China, the rise of consumer ideology has been remarkable. Yet the rapid economic growth, which has given the country enormous wealth, has at the same time vastly divided the country’s rich and poor. A similar case occurred in Japan from the mid-1950s th...

Where is the beginning and the end? Abbas Kiarostami’s new film “Like Someone in Love” drops you right into the middle of a conversation as soon as you enter the story and ends just as unexpectedly. And by letting actors not act, the border between the world on the scr...

Norwegian film director Joachim Trier communicates with his delicate voice through film. Full of life, non-judgement and optimism dwell in his films as if he embraces ourselves in struggle as we are, as things are. Where does that extraordinary force come from? His sec...

Jean-Dominique Bauby to Dominic Greene, French actor Mathieu Amalric transforms his energy for different characters like a chameleon. His talent doesn’t limit itself only to the frames of acting but also directing, and at 2010 Cannes Film Festival Mr. Amalric received...

Controversial filmmaker David Cronenberg gained his “body horror” reputation from science fiction movies like “Scanners,” “Videodrome” and “The Fly.”  The physical transformations of the characters in his films are often interpreted psychologically; and this interest i...

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October 22, 2013

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