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SXSW Review: The Zellners Strike Wonder with 'Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter,' Starring Rinko Kikuchi

Many delightful, haunting things happen in David and Nathan Zellner’s “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter,” which screens at SXSW 2014. One is that a duo of filmmaking brothers -- moving steadily toward the top of their game after a decade of turning out weird, unique short and feature films -- quote another duo of filmmaking brothers, who have been at the top of the their game for decades.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 11, 2014 12:35 PM
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In the Works: Isabel Coixet Unveils Next Project, 'Nobody Wants the Night,' Starring Binoche, Dafoe and Kikuchi

Spanish-born filmmaker Isabel Coixet has announced her next project, "Nobody Wants the Night," for which she plans an early 2014 shoot in Norway. Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe and Rinko Kikuchi are set to star.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 24, 2013 12:08 PM
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Rinko Kikuchi: Actress on Fire in 'Pacific Rim'

The one element of Guillermo del Toro's gargantuan "Pacific Rim" that does not seem to be dividing audiences into warring camps is the fierce and charismatic performance of Rinko Kikuchi as the gifted giant robot pilot Mako Mori, whose emotions cut through the visual clutter of every scene she's in.
  • By David Chute
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  • July 10, 2013 4:29 PM
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'Pacific Rim' Review: Del Toro's Monster-Scale Epic Needs You!

Guillermo del Toro is the latest director to enter the summer 2013 tentpole sweepstakes, and the advance tracking on his gigantic monster spectacle "Pacific Rim" doesn't bode well for an opening boffo enough to justify its $180 million cost. Del Toro is a gifted film artist applying his skills in service of a mammoth studio enterprise. That's the Hollywood challenge: to mix art and commerce in a mainstream event movie that will pull in the hordes.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 10, 2013 4:28 PM
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