Author Archives: Nicholas Vroman

About Nicholas Vroman

Nicholas Vroman is a writer, photographer, musician, filmmaker and cultural explorer, originally from Seattle, now living in Tokyo. He writes regularly on Japanese film for Toronto J-Film Pow-Wow and EL Magazine (a Tokyo-based arts and entertainment rag) and occasionally for the likes of Filmmaker Magazine and Films in Focus.

10 Best Japanese Films 2011

2011 in Japan was marked by the disaster of 3.11. The earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown decisively changed the conversation of the future of Japan. By the end of the year, a number of documentary filmmakers presented an array of … Continue reading

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An Interview with Octubre’s Diego Vega

Octubre, the first feature film by filmmaking brothers, David and Diego Vega Vidal was the winner at Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2010. Their darkly comic humanism falls into Latin American film traditions, but is informed by their unique … Continue reading

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Caveh Zahedi vs. Sharjah

Caveh Zahedi, filmmaker and old friend of Northwest Film Forum, was commissioned by the Sharjah Art Foundation in the United Arab Emirates to make a film for the Sharjah Biennial. There were three things he was told – no frontal nudity, no blaspheming the prophet Muhammad and no demeaning Sheik Sultan bin Muhammad al-Qasimi, the ruler of Sharjah. Zahedi took the third prohibition and made it a challenge, much to the chagrin of the Shiek and the organizers of the festival.

Read the story here in the New York Times.

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10 Best Japanese Films 2010

2011 in Japan was marked by the disaster of 3.11. The earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown decisively changed the conversation of the future of Japan. By the end of the year, a number of documentary filmmakers presented an array of … Continue reading

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Bambi

A couple of days ago The New York Times ran an obituary on Lawrencia “Bambi” Bembenek. She became a bit of a tabloid sensation in the late 80s and early 90s for being implicated and found guilty of the murder … Continue reading

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Luis García Berlanga 1921 – 2010

Luis García Berlanga passed away last Saturday, November 13. Along with Juan Antonio Bardem – oh, and Bunuel – he defined post-war Spanish cinema under the iron fist of Francoism. His filmmaking was of a classic mold but suffused with … Continue reading

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Tokyo Calling

The Tokyo International Film Festival wrapped last week. TIFF is a sort of vertically sprawling film festival commanding 8 days, several screens and a story or two of the Mori Tower at Roppongi Hills, a post-modern plaza, shopping mall, art … Continue reading

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On the set of “Cut”

The new film by Amir Naderi wrapped a few days ago. Here’s a report from a visit to the set a few weeks ago. Another sweltering day in the hottest summer on record for Japan found me at the Hashimoto … Continue reading

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10 Best Japanese Films 2009

Added 12/26/2010 – Thanks for checking out the post “10 Best Japanese Films 2009.” My “10 Best Japanese Films 2010″ can be found at this link.  Be sure to check out other ten best lists for 2010 and other news … Continue reading

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From Cannes

Post screening – the Humpday cast and crew.

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