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Review: Girl Model
As seen in David Redmon and Ashley Sabin's somber, sometimes poetic, Fred Wiseman-like documentary, the international model trade ranks just above human trafficking in legitimacy.
| October 12, 2012
Seriously, what is Babymetal?
Given that they're all alumni of the J-pop "idol" group Sakura Gakuin, it's extremely unlikely that these girls (whose ages fall between 12 and 15) formed Babymetal on their own.
| August 03, 2012
Review: Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai
Takashi Miike seems to be single-handedly bringing the samurai movie back to its former glory; first with 13 Assassins , and now this gripping remake of Kobayashi’s classic attack on the honor code within the samurai class.
Takashi Miike brings back samurai movies
| July 27, 2012
Hasbro's Transformers have made a mint; why not make a movie out of Battleship ?
| May 18, 2012
Grimes | Visions
The debut record from Grimes, an alias of the Montreal-based Boucher, kicks off the peculiarity parade by presenting song titles steeped in cutesy affectation.
| February 03, 2012
Review: The best of the Ottawa International Animation Film Festival
The Canadians produce the best animation programs and prove it again with this international selection.
| January 27, 2012
Review: Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos
The Fullmetal Alchemist series has expanded impressively, from the 2001 graphic novel, to the 2003 anime series and film to the 2009 reboot of the anime, and now Kazuya Murata's film, which picks up from the middle of the second anime reboot.
Animated alchemical battles
| January 20, 2012
Review: The Flowers of War
In 1937 the invading Imperial Japanese Army killed and raped thousands of people in the Chinese city of Nanjing. The atrocity has recently inspired two Chinese films, including Lu Chuan's City of Life and Death and this unimpressive outing from Zhang
Unimpressive outing from Zhang Yimou
| January 20, 2012
When it comes to ruthlessness, the yakuzas in Takeshi Kitano's slick bloodbath make the Corleones look like the Brady Bunch.
| December 09, 2011
Yoko Miwa's life cycles
When she was a 16-year-old piano student in her hometown of Kobe, Japan, Yoko Miwa decided it was time to see if she had what it takes.
| November 11, 2011
Two young Japanese tourists, siblings Rintaro (Rintaro Sawamoto) and Atsuko (Atsuko Okatsuka), get stranded when their car breaks down in the California backwater of the title.
| October 07, 2011
Gus Van Sant's Restless follows a similar template to Jonathan Levin's 50/50 , with more precious results.
Death-obsessed teens in love
| September 30, 2011
Review: Red Lantern
Red Lantern's menu (and the design of the giant room) hedges its bets — there's a decent sushi bar, a drinking bar with sports on the TVs, a flurry of hot-pot tables, and some serious steaks.
Nostalgic fusion with so much for so many
| August 12, 2011
Little Dragon | Ritual Union
On Ritual Union, the third full-length from these mechanical soul weirdos, Little Dragon have managed to get way catchier and also a great deal stranger.
Peacefrog Records (2011)
| July 15, 2011
Review: Legends of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen
Fight sequences and jingoism propel Andrew Lau's period martial-arts melodrama, a formula that can be irresistible despite one's better judgment.
| May 20, 2011
Shinji Masuko | Woven Music
It's tempting to point to the recent tsunami in Japan as having a heavy cosmic connection with Shinji Masuko's first solo record, a full-immersion blackout of churning, oceanic drones and melodic eddies.
| May 06, 2011
Recall your halcyon college days, wandering the brick-laid corridors of knowledge. By bricks, I'm referring to crinkly packages of Top Ramen, diet of the Precambrian, pre-kitchen culinarian.
Real ramen returns to Allston
| April 22, 2011
It's Japan's turn
This letter is in response to your editorial, "Nuclear Failure" (March 18), covering the disaster in Japan. It never fails to amaze me that change always has to be the result of catastrophe.
Letters to the Boston editor, April 8, 2011
BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS
| April 08, 2011
Review: Pai Men Miyake
I suppose there will be a time when Portlanders barely remember Masa Miyake's first sushi bar.
Second time’s as charming
| March 25, 2011
Review: The Cove
There's something at stake here, and it's not just the conscience of Ric O'Barry, who as the former dolphin trainer for the 1960s television show Flipper feels responsible for the planet's porpoise fetish.
Secret dolphin slaughter revealed
| August 07, 2009
Exotic Sushi and Tapas
Exotic Sushi and Tapas doesn't have the most exotic sushi, but the combination of Japanese bar snacks with their European small-plate counterparts is an unusual angle on fusion that can be worked into a square meal.
A little bit of everything, from Europe to Japan
| June 10, 2009
Gone, baby, gone
Boston bids farewell to one of its brightest spots — the row of six diverse and delectable restaurants on Peterborough Street that were consumed by a four-alarm fire early Tuesday morning.
Fenway eateries burn down; Phoenix staffers may starve to death
| January 07, 2009
The Red Sox’ signing of Daisuke Matsuzaka bolster Boston’s starting rotation and spawned a burgeoning industry in Japanese signage around Fenway Park.
Translating the sudden explosion of Japanese signs in the Fenway
| May 16, 2007
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