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For James Hadfield's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Hollywood's 'Ghost in the Shell' remake misses the mark

/ Apr 12, 2017

Hollywood's 'Ghost in the Shell' remake misses the mark

After the online petitions, the countless think pieces and Twitter tirades, Hollywood’s “Ghost in the Shell” was never going to have an easy passage. Rupert Sanders’ film — a $110 million live-action movie based on a beloved manga and anime property — was ill-fated ...

'Kong: Skull Island': King Kong swats away the story line

/ Mar 15, 2017

'Kong: Skull Island': King Kong swats away the story line

From the bizarrely “localized” titles to the media events featuring random TV personalities who aren’t even in the film, Japanese distributors use some peculiar strategies to promote Hollywood movies to an increasingly indifferent public. Still, it’s fair to say that Warner Bros. Japan outdid ...

'The Wailing': Spine-chilling in every possible way

/ Mar 8, 2017

'The Wailing': Spine-chilling in every possible way

When village cop Jong-gu (Kwak Do-won) gets woken before dawn and summoned to the scene of a suspected murder, his wife persuades him to stay at home and have a proper breakfast first. This paunchy put-upon sergeant clearly isn’t cut out for serious police ...

'The Handmaiden': A sinfully silly gothic psychodrama

/ Mar 1, 2017

'The Handmaiden': A sinfully silly gothic psychodrama

Korean genre stylist Park Chan-wook is best known to Western audiences for his “Vengeance” trilogy: a trio of malevolent, blackly comic thrillers that included his 2003 breakout hit, “Oldboy.” But his recent films have coalesced into an informal trilogy of their own, linked by ...