Open the Door

Open the Door (2022)

Open the Door screened at the London Korean Film Festival 2023. This is the text (more or less) of my on-stage introduction. There has recently been a spate of films, like Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari (2020), Anthony Shim’s Riceboy Sleeps (2022) and Celine Song’s Past Lives (2023), that deal with the Korean diaspora in North…

Tokyo Sonata

Tokyo Sonata (2008)

Tokyo Sonata first published by Film4 Summary: Japan’s contemporay nightmares are domesticated in this allegorical family drama dirrected and co-written by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Review: No matter in what genre he works, Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Cure, Charisma, Pulse, Bright Future) is Japan’s undisputed king of blank, using such a coolly dispassionate and aloof style to usher in…

Mohican

The Mohican Comes Home (2016)

“Get sick and die!” yells mohican-sporting Eikichi Tamura (Ryuhei Matsuda) into the mic as he sings onstage before a club full of headbangers. Despite the energy and vitality of the performance, there is a strong sense of mortality clinging to this opening scene from Shuichi Okita’s The Mohican Comes Home (Mohican Kokyo ni Kaeru). Eikichi fronts…