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

'Song of the Sea': Seals, fairies and ancient folk songs

/ Aug 17, 2016

'Song of the Sea': Seals, fairies and ancient folk songs

When Isao Takahata’s “The Tale of Princess Kaguya” lost out to “Big Hero 6” in the competition for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards last year, it was a reminder of how thoroughly 3-D computer animation has eclipsed more traditional techniques. In the ...

'The Jungle Book': Darker yet infinitely more beautiful

/ Aug 10, 2016

'The Jungle Book': Darker yet infinitely more beautiful

After decades spent wrestling with the logistics of international shoots, Hollywood seems to be coming full circle. It’s like the early days of cinema again, when exotic locales were evoked within the confines of a movie studio, though today’s filmmakers aren’t so reliant on ...

Retreat from the heat to the cinema this summer

Jun 30, 2016

Retreat from the heat to the cinema this summer

The summer blockbuster is dead — or at least, it has ceased to exist as a distinct entity. Four decades after “Jaws” set the template for mass-market Hollywood spectacle, the so-called event movie has expanded its turf so dramatically that July and August, once ...

'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 the ...

'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 ...