Sean Callaghan


The Ozu Experience


Next up in Borderless Cinema, our new series profiling lesser-known gems of world cinema, we review “Late Spring.” The film is written by Kogo Noda and Yasujiro Ozu, directed by Yasujiro Ozu, and stars Chishu Ryu, Setsuko Hara, and Haruko Sugimura. Running time 108 minutes. Available on DVD via Criterion Collection. The first time I watched an Ozu Yasujiro film I was left frustrated...

Racism or condescension: The Wachowskis’ Cloud Atlas problem


Race has been at the centre of some debate surrounding the Wachowski Starship’s latest cinematic offering, Cloud Atlas. Assigning their ensemble cast to a variety of characters each, across six different storylines, Lana and Andy Wachowski use facial prosthetics and post-production touch ups to transform the racial and sexual orientations of their actors. The result has elicited charges of...