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In an era of hot-headed leaders, Japanese film collective offers up anti-war movies

In an era of hot-headed leaders, Japanese film collective offers up anti-war movies

Yayoi Lena Winfrey August 17, 2017 0

As angry words are used like weapons by today’s leaders of countries possessing nuclear arsenals, cooler heads will prevail at Northwest Film Forum on August 18. On that night, the venue will host a screening

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Films: ‘Columbus,’ ‘Adventurers,’ ‘In This Corner of the World’ all land in Seattle

Films: ‘Columbus,’ ‘Adventurers,’ ‘In This Corner of the World’ all land in Seattle

Yayoi Lena Winfrey August 17, 2017 0

IE writer Yayoi Winfrey reviews three films being shown in Seattle

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Films: Dynamic duos in ‘Absurd Accident,’ ‘Once Upon a Time’

Films: Dynamic duos in ‘Absurd Accident,’ ‘Once Upon a Time’

Yayoi Lena Winfrey August 4, 2017 0

While the couple in 'Absurd Accident' is actively uncoupling, just the opposite is happening with the duo in 'Once Upon a Time,' a fantasy film with a heavy dose of adventure that turns into a tale of true

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‘One Less God’ tells 26/11 story, ‘Reset’ an explosive sci-fi thriller

‘One Less God’ tells 26/11 story, ‘Reset’ an explosive sci-fi thriller

Yayoi Lena Winfrey June 27, 2017 0

'One Less God' tells the story of 26/11, otherwise known as the 2008 Mumbai attacks, while 'Reset' is an explosive sci-fi thriller

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Films: ‘Didi’s Dream’ is psychadelic, SIFF offers colorful Asian cinema

Films: ‘Didi’s Dream’ is psychadelic, SIFF offers colorful Asian cinema

Yayoi Lena Winfrey June 8, 2017 0

There are a lot of movies to be seen on SIFF screens through June 11. There are also several new theatrical releases

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Films: ‘After the Storm’ is extraordinary, real life in ‘Bad Rap,’ tragedy in ‘Angkor Awakens’

Films: ‘After the Storm’ is extraordinary, real life in ‘Bad Rap,’ tragedy in ‘Angkor Awakens’

Yayoi Lena Winfrey May 19, 2017 0

Fans of Japanese filmmaker Kore-eda Hirokazu will rejoice as the 43rd Seattle International Film Festival unspools his latest, After the Storm. A typhoon is headed straight to where Ryota’s (Abe Hiroshi) fragmented family lives in

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Films: ‘This Is Not What I Expected’ a rom-com for foodies, catch docs ‘Stories of a Generation’ and  ‘Halmoni’ online now

Films: ‘This Is Not What I Expected’ a rom-com for foodies, catch docs ‘Stories of a Generation’ and ‘Halmoni’ online now

Yayoi Lena Winfrey May 12, 2017 0

There’s an old saying that goes: the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. That is, if you’re an unmarried woman desperate to land a husband—an archaic concept that should be banished

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Wing Luke screening reexamines <em>Who Killed Vincent Chin?</em>

Wing Luke screening reexamines Who Killed Vincent Chin?

Yayoi Lena Winfrey May 3, 2017 0

Thirty-five years ago, a young Chinese American living in Detroit was beaten to death by two white, laid-off auto workers at Chrysler enraged over encroaching Japanese car manufacturers. Public outrage soon followed when the

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Films: Sex and violence in <em>The Prison</em> and <em>Cardinal X</em>

Films: Sex and violence in The Prison and Cardinal X

Yayoi Lena Winfrey April 9, 2017 0

A prevalent theme in mainstream South Korean movies these days seems to be unbridled violence. It’s almost as if plot has become secondary to blood spattering. In fact, amping up, the violence meter in

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‘Your Name (Kimi no Na Wa)’ a metaphysical film of hope

‘Your Name (Kimi no Na Wa)’ a metaphysical film of hope

Yayoi Lena Winfrey April 7, 2017 0

Currently the highest grossing anime feature worldwide, Your Name (Kimi no Na Wa) is based on a 1,000-year old poem by Ono no Komachi. In part, the lyrics read: “Before I slept I thought

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