The first installment of the “Neon Genesis Evangelion” film series (adapted from the Japanese science fiction TV anime) begins with eerie near-silence.
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2010 gave us great Asian and Asian-related films from, quite literally, all over the map. Look for the following at your local well-stocked video store:
Over his 30-year career spanning continents and styles, Tokyo-born keyboardist and composer Ryuichi Sakamoto has worn so many creative hats
“Last Train Home,” the fascinating new documentary film by Lixin Fan, begins with a long, slow panoramic shot of thousands of people waiting for trains.
“Sailor Moon” was a Japanese animated show (anime) that debuted in the early 90s. It dealt with a team of magical young girls who saved the universe from evil. It proved to be amazingly popular.
Early on in “A Matter of Size,” Sharon Maymon and Erez Tadmor’s dramatic sumo wrestling-romance-comedy, the movie’s hero, Herzl (played by Itzik Cohen)
Director Aaron Woolfolk’s dramatic feature, “The Harimaya Bridge,” filmed mostly in Japan, opens with a young Black man working on a painting.
“A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop,” the new film from Chinese director Yimou Zhang, is his first film adapted from a Western source.
“Mao’s Last Dancer,” directed by Bruce Beresford, tells the true story of Cunxin Li, a Chinese ballet star who comes to Houston, Texas in 1981 as an exchange student studying at the Houston Ballet. Li (played by Chi Cao, a dancer with the Birmingham Royal Ballet) steps off the plane to a welcoming committee lead by the Houston Ballet’s choreographer, Ben Stevenson (Bruce Greenwood).
“Tales from Earthsea” is the first feature film directed by Goro Miyazaki, son of master Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki. The film had a tough time making it to American screens. First, the father disagreed with the son over the film’s animation techniques. Eventually, they stopped speaking to each other during its production. Then, the film’s USA distribution got held up due to copyright issues …