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‘Parade’ @Japan Society w/Isao Yukisada and Tatsuya Fujiwara

warning: this post contains spoilers (labelled)

“A horror movie disguised as a teenage slacker flick”

Such was director Isao Yukisada’s summation of his 2009 film Parade「パレード」. Speaking during a Q&A at New York’s Japan Society on July 10, Yukisada was surprisingly talkative and candid considering the deeply subversive film he had given to his audience.

Of course, there were likely many who had either sussed out the mystery earlier on, or simply read Shuichi Yoshida’s 2002 novel (though the collective gasp indicated that a fair few had not). Yet for a film that manages to successfully be two genres at once, and focuses on 5 different individuals, the ending loses none of it’s potency.

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Film Review: White On Rice

Considering that I was quick to demand this movie in NYC, I am late as hell getting this review up.

Hajime "Jimmy" and his nephew Bob

White On Rice is the second effort from Japanese-fluent director/actor Dave Boyle. I had seen the title of his first film – Big Dreams, Little Tokyo – in recommended movie lists before but always assumed it was another youth-orientated Japanese flick. My attention was definitely grabbed when I found out that Boyle is an American Mormon fluent in Japanese and filming primarily in Japanese. As a whitey Japanophile, I nearly jumped for freaking joy!

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