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Kaori Shoji

Kaori Shoji writes about movies and movie-makers for the Film Page, plus takes a turn at the Bilingual Column. Biggest mistake of her career: taking the very dignified Nagisa Oshima to McDonald’s for an iced coffee.

For Kaori Shoji's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

'Okja' reminds us of friendship and factory farming

/ Jul 19, 2017

'Okja' reminds us of friendship and factory farming

Bong Joon-ho’s latest film, “Okja,” received a four-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival in May, an about-face reaction from the loud boos heard at the beginning of the screening. Those were likely due to a technical failure that delayed the screening for ...

Meet the kawaii witches of the East

| Jul 13, 2017

Meet the kawaii witches of the East

Despite being a fantastic go-to costume on Halloween, witches in the West have never had it easy. There were the Salem witch trials of the 1690s, and similar trials elsewhere in North America and Europe through the 17th century, which served as warnings to ...

'Life' provides the chills of a sci-fi horror

/ Jul 12, 2017

'Life' provides the chills of a sci-fi horror

Hot and humid Japanese summers call for kaidan, scary stories that send shivers down the spine. In the days before we had air conditioning, kids would gather around after dinner to tell and listen to those terrifying tales in an effort to chill out ...

Japanese TV is making some progress in writing broader female roles

Jul 5, 2017

Japanese TV is making some progress in writing broader female roles

One of the best things to come out of the rise of streaming websites overseas has been an increase in productions that have featured great roles for women. This year alone we’ve seen some phenomenal acting from Elisabeth Moss on “The Handmaid’s Tale” and ...

In a tale of two Akiras, let's see more Ai

Jun 29, 2017

In a tale of two Akiras, let's see more Ai

For fans of the ikemen (handsome dude), Wowow’s new mini-series “Akira and Akira” is like manna from heaven. Kicking off July 9, it stars actors Osamu Mukai and Takumi Saito, and the hype at this point may as well be soundtracked by The Weather ...

When it comes to action, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi is your man

Jun 21, 2017

When it comes to action, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi is your man

Hiroyuki Ikeuchi has what we refer to in showbiz as “the look.”Sure, the 40-year-old actor has been working as an actor since his teens, even stepping behind the camera in 2006 for “Thirteen Moons.” But it’s his distinctive look that people remember. He can ...

Jackie Chan's latest borrows from the best Westerns

/ Jun 21, 2017

Jackie Chan's latest borrows from the best Westerns

It’s China in 1941 and the Imperial Japanese Army is on the move. A band of freedom fighters led by Ma Yuan (Jackie Chan) seek to hijack a train line that transports food supplies to the invaders, get away with the loot and feed ...

Discovering the 'it girl' of turn-of-the-century Paris in 'The Dancer'

Jun 14, 2017

Discovering the 'it girl' of turn-of-the-century Paris in 'The Dancer'

Loie Fuller was the ultimate “it girl.” A little-known dancer from Illinois, she wound up in turn-of-the-century Paris, smack-dab in the middle of La Belle Epoque. Her friends? They were artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and filmmakers the Lumiere Brothers, and her protegee was acclaimed ...