Only Yesterday (おもひでぽろぽろ)(lit. Tearful Memories)

Playing at the Century Cinemark Rio 24 Director and Screenplay: Isao Takahata – 1993 – 118m – Japan Aug 28 Sunday at 7:00pm (English dub) Aug 29 Monday at 7:00 pm (In Japanese with English subtitles)  It’s 1982, and Taeko (Daisy Ridley) is 27 years old, unmarried, and has lived her whole life in Tokyo. She decides to visit her relatives in the countryside, and as the train travels through the night, memories flood back of her younger years: the first immature stirrings of romance, the onset of puberty, and the frustrations of math and boys. At the station she is met by young farmer Toshio (Dev Patel), and the encounters […]

Review: ‘Inu-oh’ is a psychedelic Japanese anime rock opera for the ages

Review provided by Paul Mayer NMACL’s J-film/anime resident Otaku. By Justin Chang Los Angeles Times Film Critic  Aug. 11, 2022 4:14 PM PT The phantom that haunts the eccentric Japanese rock opera “Inu-oh” is not the comeliest of creatures — not at first, anyway. Like most of the hallucinatory sights and transporting sounds in this feature-length anime, Inu-oh, as he comes to be known, tends to shapeshift in accordance with director Masaaki Yuasa’s whims. An ancient Noh dancer born under highly mysterious circumstances, he bursts into the frame on spindly human legs, an overgrown extendable arm flailing behind him like a kite. Two oddly positioned eyes peer out from behind a […]