October 25, 2009 |
Samuel Fuller was a director with a signature style: blunt verging on brutal, partial to shock cuts and mega close-ups. As a screenwriter, this former crime reporter was no less distinctive, favoring hot-button issues and hard-boiled repartee. A superb new seven-disc set, "The Samuel Fuller Collection" ($79.95, Sony, out Tuesday), which contains two films written and directed by Fuller and five earlier efforts on which he has a writing or story credit, is an intriguing auteurist study that shows the Fuller personality both as the driving force of a film and as an (often powerful)
December 22, 1990
Gwendolyn Harold Terasaki, 84, whose book "Bridge to the Sun" became a best seller and a 1961 movie, starring Carroll Baker and James Shigeta. Mrs. Terasaki, a native of Johnson City, Tenn., married Japanese diplomat Hidenari Terasaki in 1931. After Pearl Harbor the couple spent World War II in Tokyo, and "Bridge to the Sun," published in 1957, detailed the family's wartime experiences from a pro-Japanese point of view. On Saturday in Casper, Wyo.
September 2, 1989 |
An exceptionally stylish and dynamic martial-arts movie, "Cage" (citywide) takes its title from an enclosed and padlocked ring in which two men square off. No weapons are allowed, and it is not unusual for the matches to end in the death of one of the combatants. Huge sums of money are wagered on these illegal contests, which the film's writer Hugh Kelley, a martial-arts champion himself, claims to have observed in Hong Kong and other foreign cities.
January 25, 2002
Nancy Kwan recalls that the 1961 film version of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical "Flower Drum Song" was such a big hit with audiences, "I used to go to Chinese restaurants and get Chinese for free all the time! It was very well-received. We were very proud because it was an all-Asian cast and it made money." Kwan, a vivacious 62, played Linda Low, a beautiful and ambitious performer in a Chinatown nightclub in San Francisco.
October 13, 2006 |
It may rarely occur to most moviegoers that Asian men tend to appear in a limited spectrum of roles, when they appear at all. And that's the problem. For those who do think about such things, "The Slanted Screen" contains little new information. But to the presumed majority, this slick, intelligent documentary may be a revelation.