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'The Program': Stephen Frears cycles round the edges

Jun 29, 2016

'The Program': Stephen Frears cycles round the edges

From the NFL’s deflated footballs to the bribery allegations besmirching Tokyo’s Olympic bid, it can feel like the entire apparatus of professional sport has become hopelessly corrupt. But are the fans also complicit? In a memorable scene during “The Program,” a zippy account of ...

'Twisted Justice': Gangster black comedy is a shade off

Jun 22, 2016

'Twisted Justice': Gangster black comedy is a shade off

In 2003, a Hokkaido cop named Yoshiaki Inaba was sentenced to nine years in jail, on charges including drug use and possession with intent to supply. During his trial, the former police inspector revealed that his impressive career record had involved an unhealthy degree ...

There’s a real story behind the ‘Fake’ documentary

Jun 1, 2016

There’s a real story behind the ‘Fake’ documentary

Everybody loves a good scandal, and they don’t come much riper than the tale of Mamoru Samuragochi. The public unmasking of “Japan’s Beethoven” — a celebrated “deaf” composer who turned out to be neither completely deaf nor the main author of his work — ...

'Deadpool': Shooting off at the mouth and at the hip

Jun 1, 2016

'Deadpool': Shooting off at the mouth and at the hip

Living in Japan, you get accustomed to scrolling through a film’s release dates on IMDb, only to discover that it’s arriving here months behind the rest of the world. Such has been the case with “Deadpool,” which opened everywhere from the U.S. to the ...

Forget clubbing: Outdoor festivals offer a natural alternative

May 29, 2016

Forget clubbing: Outdoor festivals offer a natural alternative

When the revised adult entertainment business law comes into effect on June 23, bringing an end to Japan’s archaic ban on all-night dance parties, it will mark the end of what has been a challenging period for the nation’s nightclubs. But beyond the major ...

'Hentai Kamen: Abnormal Crisis': Japan's pervy hero is top-crotch

May 18, 2016

'Hentai Kamen: Abnormal Crisis': Japan's pervy hero is top-crotch

If you’re craving an alternative to the self-important bluster of Hollywood’s never-ending superhero pageant, there’s no need to wait until “Deadpool” opens in Japanese cinemas next month. For a quick fix of trashy comic-book irreverence, this homegrown product should do the trick nicely. Keishu ...

Big issues in film short 'World of Tomorrow'

| May 11, 2016

Big issues in film short 'World of Tomorrow'

Given the limited options for theatrical release, short films are generally condemned to the purgatory of YouTube, which makes the case of “World of Tomorrow” especially striking. Since premiering at last year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Short Film Grand Jury Prize, ...

Review: Worldwide Session at Studio Coast

May 6, 2016

Review: Worldwide Session at Studio Coast

Gilles Peterson has spent his entire career buoyed by gushing enthusiasm, but when the London-based DJ and record label boss declared a gig in Tokyo on May 4 to be a “career highlight,” he was probably being sincere. The Twitter outburst came during the ...

'Captain America': Civil War: Marvel shows Superman how it's done

Apr 27, 2016

'Captain America': Civil War: Marvel shows Superman how it's done

Have we reached peak superhero yet? After spending the winter months watching “Jessica Jones” and “Daredevil” on Netflix, viewers can now subject themselves to a barrage of comic-book spectacle at their local multiplex. Following last month’s clattering, messy “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” ...

'Youth': Sorrentino gets extra sentimental

Apr 13, 2016

'Youth': Sorrentino gets extra sentimental

“I don’t want to read any more of it, write any more of it, I don’t even want to talk about it anymore,” said the novelist Philip Roth in 2012, as he announced his retirement from literature. “I’m tired of all that work. I’m ...