Winner of the Best Foreign Language Film at last year's Oscars this off-shore indie sleeper is an achingly beautiful portrait of tender reconciliation from a culture where openly venting one's emotions is just not something that you do.
Famed Japanese director Takashi Miike tries his hand at a classic samurai tale with 13 Assassins. Acclaimed worldwide, Miike has tackled many styles and genres throughout his wildly varied output. He is, of course, most well known internationally for his depiction of extreme violence, as in his breakout hit Ichi the Killer.
Departures, you know that little Japanese flick that stunned the world by winning best foreign film at the Oscars this year, finally arrives in theaters this week. I have yet to see the two heavyweights of world cinema that it brought down to win the prize ("The Class" and "Waltz with Bashir") so I can't compare it to those but this certainly doesn't feel like award-winning stuff here.