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'Memoirs of a Geisha': Great-Looking But Artificial Period Drama

Ziyi Zhang, Ken Watanabe, Memoirs of a Geisha There are some movies that are released before their time. Only years or decades later, do they come to be appreciated. In the case Rob Marshall's Memoirs of a Geisha, based on Arthur Golden's bestseller about the life and love of a […]


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'Memoirs of a Geisha': Great-Looking But Artificial Period Drama



'The Unbroken' Tops Japanese Academy Awards

Ken Watanabe, Tomokazu Miura in The Unbroken Setsuro Wakamatsu's drama The Unbroken was voted the best Japanese film of 2009 at the Japanese Academy Awards ceremony, which was held in Tokyo on March 5. In the controversial drama, best actor winner Ken Watanabe plays an airline union leader fighting for […]


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'The Unbroken' Tops Japanese Academy Awards



Zhang Yimou & John Woo Honorary Awards + Air Disaster Drama Tops Japanese Academy Award Nominations

Zhang Yimou on the set of A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop a.k.a. A Simple Noodle Story. Best known for his lush collaborations with Gong Li (Raise the Red Lantern, Shanghai Triad, Curse of the Golden Flower), Zhang Yimou has been announced as the recipient of the Asian […]


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Zhang Yimou & John Woo Honorary Awards + Air Disaster Drama Tops Japanese Academy Award Nominations



Martin Scorsese Tops DGA Awards: Best Director Oscar Next

Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's The Departed Well on his way to his first Academy Award, last night Martin Scorsese received the Directors Guild of America's feature-film top honors for The Departed, Scorsese's way overrated I-can-smell-a-rat gangster flick that the director himself has referred to as his “B-movie.” (And despite […]


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Martin Scorsese Tops DGA Awards: Best Director Oscar Next