August 14, 1990 |
The casting of Richard Gere as a Japanese-American in Akira Kurosawa's "Rhapsody in August" has been described as "far-fetched" by an Asian American actors group that has been sharply critical of the similar casting of a Caucasian in a Eurasian role in the Broadway musical "Miss Saigon." The Assn.
January 20, 1988 |
Scenes in Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Last Emperor" depicting the Rape of Nanking, Japan's four-day massacre in that Chinese city before World War II, will be cut from the film when it opens in Tokyo on Saturday. The Manchester Guardian reported this week that Bertolucci and others involved in the film felt that Japanese audiences might be offended by the re-enactment of the 1937 event, when an estimated 430,000 Chinese civilians were raped or murdered by the Imperial Japanese Army.
May 11, 1995 |
The Scene: Tuesday's American premiere of the Japanese film "The Mystery of Rampo" at the Directors Guild. That the erotic fantasy/mystery was last year's highest grossing live-action film in Japan (where movie tickets cost $22) gave the opening added zing. The Buzz: To many American viewers, the film was beautiful, but inscrutable. To one guest, it was "like Sherlock Holmes meets Barton Fink." To another: "David Lynch meets Luis Bunuel on acid."
February 7, 1988 |
"The Last Emperor," Bernardo Bertolucci's 2 3/4-hour epic about Aisin Gioro Pu Yi, the last emperor of China and a one-time puppet of Japanese occupation forces, opened in Tokyo to largely positive reviews and an enthusiastic box office. But the furor over its missing 15 seconds continues. Before screening the film, the Japanese distributor, Shochiku Fuji Co.
January 22, 1988 |
Italian film director Bernardo Bertolucci said Thursday that Japanese distributors of "The Last Emperor" had restored its sequences on the so-called Rape of Nanking in 1937 after he and Chinese officials objected.
November 20, 1987 |
The Japanese movie "Hachi-Ko" (at the Little Tokyo Cinema) shows us an example of love and fidelity so extreme that it seems, in our modern context, anachronistic. But this meticulously fashioned tale of devotion between dog and master evades most of the pitfalls of sentimentality; it even survives the gaucherie of cherry blossom fantasies and a saccharine disco song pasted over its witheringly poignant last shot. It becomes a movie to break your heart.