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.


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]





  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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