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Masahiro Motoki

Dearly Departed

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Japan's culture offers a rich contrast to the standard American's fear and denial of death as the logical conclusion to birth. Recently, after watching a poignant Japanese film written and directed by Miwa Nishikawa, I felt purged, cleansed, and revitalized.

Interview: Director, Star of Oscar-Winner Departures

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As director Takita and Motoki, the film's star told me in a recent interview in New York, Departures has always been "the little movie that could."