“Okuribito/Departures” to open Eiga Sai 2011

One of my most favorite Japanese movies (and one that made me cry) “Departures” will open the 2011 Eiga Sai – Japanese Film Festival , in celebration of the Philippines-Japan Friendship Month. Departures is a 2009 Oscar-winning movie directed by Yojiro Takita. It tells the story of Daigo Kobayashi, a cellist who played in an…

Hollywood plans to remake “Okuribito”

Trust Hollywood to ruin good Asian movies — they butchered My Sassy Girl, they butchered Il Mare, “Shutter” was a downer and now they sight their sights on “Okuribito” (Departures) the Oscar-winning movie of 2008 (Best Foreign Film). “Okuribito” tells that tale of the men (and women) involved in the traditional undertaking business in Japan….