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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:

Fashion's night at the museum

| Apr 13, 2017

Fashion's night at the museum

“The First Monday in May” opens April 15 at the Bunkamura Le Cinema Theater in Tokyo’s trendy Shibuya Ward (the Japanese title is “Metto Gara, Doresu o Matotta Bijutsukan”). It’s a documentary about a Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition titled “China: Through the Looking ...

When the talent gets religious

| Apr 6, 2017

When the talent gets religious

“Ankoku Joshi” is a murder mystery involving six pretty JK (slang for joshi kosei, high school girls)” who all have something to hide. The film’s title literally means “pitch black girls,” which pretty much explains their characters’ personalities in what soon becomes a grisly ...

'Samurai Gourmet' explores the art of the meal

Apr 6, 2017

'Samurai Gourmet' explores the art of the meal

In the first episode of Japan’s latest contribution to original Netflix programming, “Samurai Gourmet,” Takeshi Kasumi enters a small teishoku (set meal) joint and grapples over whether to have a beer with lunch. Inspired by an imaginary samurai, he gets one. That’s it. For ...

'Passengers': Futuristic, but the same old fairy tale

/ Mar 22, 2017

'Passengers': Futuristic, but the same old fairy tale

A lot of feminists hate Morten Tyldum’s “Passengers,” and for good reasons. Though it’s set in a bright, high-tech future where luxury space travel is the norm, where women are concerned the story’s underlying sentiments hail straight from the Middle Ages. On the other ...

Taiwan: Where Japanese go to feel at home on vacation

Mar 18, 2017

Taiwan: Where Japanese go to feel at home on vacation

Asia is brimming with exciting travel destinations. Each country is like a world unto itself, with new languages and customs to learn, food to try and experiences to have. Like everyone else, Japanese take vacations for any number of reasons, but the majority seem ...