Never mind if the fall's new releases look a little spotty—the city's repertory houses are preparing for an abundant season, and in most cases, turning Japanese. Nipponophiles could not ask for more: Two big retros—MOMA's "Anime!!" and Film Forum's "Summer Samurai"—continue through mid September, and the fall promises nothing less than a history of Japanese cinema. With more than 50 films spanning four decades, MOMA's five-month-long "Early Autumn" (September 14 through January) presents Kurosawa, Oshima, and Ozu classics alongside the work of overlooked (and barely known in the West) directors like Heinosuke Gosho and Hiroshi Shimizu; all are new prints from the National Film Center of Tokyo's National Museum of Modern Art. The New York Film Festival devotes an extensive sidebar to the Shochiku Company (September 24 through October 20) on the occasion of the film studio's 110th anniversary; selections range... More >>>