Mark Schilling

Mark Schilling
Born1949 (age 72–73)
OccupationFilm critic, journalist

Mark Schilling (born 1949)[1] is an American film critic, journalist, translator, and author based in Tokyo, Japan. He has written for The Japan Times, Variety, and Screen International.

Biography[]

Schilling began working for The Japan Times in 1989.[2]

He has been an occasional commentator for NHK's English broadcasts of sumo tournaments since they began in 1992.[3][4] He wrote Sumo: A Fan's Guide in 1994, and previously co-wrote Jesse: Sumo Superstar in 1985 about Takamiyama Daigorō.[5] He has also reported on the sport for Variety.[6]

Schilling's 1997 book, The Encyclopedia of Japanese Pop Culture, was described by D. James Romero of Los Angeles Times as "a history as well as a guidebook to one of the freshest influences in the American popular stream."[7]

He was a script advisor for the 2003 Hollywood film The Last Samurai.[2]

Schilling has also written books such as Contemporary Japanese Film,[8] The Yakuza Movie Book: A Guide to Japanese Gangster Films,[9] and No Borders, No Limits: Nikkatsu Action Cinema.[10]

He curated the "No Borders, No Limits: 1960s Nikkatsu Action Cinema" series for Japan Society in 2007.[11]

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References[]

  1. ^ Heiter, Celeste, ed. (2009). To Japan with Love: A Travel Guide for the Connoisseur. San Francisco: ThingsAsian Press. p. 266.
  2. ^ a b Smith, Alyssa I. (January 18, 2020). "Want to know Japanese cinema? Get to know Mark Schilling". The Japan Times.
  3. ^ "'Sumodo' documentary offers a rare inside look at the competitive world of sumo". The Japan Times. November 6, 2020.
  4. ^ "Horrors of Malformed Men". DVD Talk. August 28, 2007. He also does great play-by-play sumo commentary for NHK, but that's another story.
  5. ^ "Bulk, Violence and a Loincloth : Sumo's Culture Shock No Bar to Foreigners". Los Angeles Times. December 12, 1985.
  6. ^ "NHK cancels Nagoya Grand Sumo coverage". Variety. July 7, 2010.
  7. ^ Romero, D. James (November 13, 1997). "Western Influence: What Goes Around Comes Around". Los Angeles Times.
  8. ^ Sharp, Jasper (February 16, 2004). "Midnight Eye book review: Contemporary Japanese Film". Midnight Eye.
  9. ^ Mes, Tom (March 10, 2004). "Midnight Eye book review: The Yakuza Movie Book: A Guide to Japanese Gangster Films". Midnight Eye.
  10. ^ Mes, Tom (January 18, 2008). "Midnight Eye book review: No Borders, No Limits: Nikkatsu Action Cinema". Midnight Eye.
  11. ^ Hale, Mike (September 23, 2007). "Film". The New York Times.

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