Yakuza Princess – Film Review

In 1999, during a family gathering in Japan, Akemi’s family was gunned down by a hidden assassin. She was whisked away for protection and never knew what happened to her family. 20 years later in Brazil, Akemi (MASUMI) lives a quiet life, training in self defense, working her mediocre job, and singing karaoke with her …

TIFF20 Review – ‘Under The Open Sky’

TIFF20’s fourth film on our schedule is the incredibly beautiful Japanese feature ‘Under The Open Sky’ (originally titled ‘Subarashiki Sekai’). Inspired by Mr. Ryuko Saki’s novel ‘Mibuncho’ (translated ‘Inmate Files’), director Nishikawa Miwa for the first time ever uses someone else’s story to create one that’s inspired by ex-convicts who try to adapt to a …