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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:

Introducing the complex refugee experience to Japan

Feb 10, 2016

Introducing the complex refugee experience to Japan

The plight of refugees is dauntingly hard to comprehend for the majority of Japanese who have been brought up believing they live in a racially homogeneous nation. (Let’s reserve the falseness of this belief for another story.) Eri Ishikawa, chair of the board of ...

'The Martian' has thrills for the sci-fi nerd in everyone

Feb 4, 2016

'The Martian' has thrills for the sci-fi nerd in everyone

‘The Martian” (released in Japan as “Odyssey”) is one of those movies where you kick yourself afterward for not having read the book first. Otherwise, you’ll be going into this unprepared for the blasts of wondrousness, which hit you right in the eyes and ...

Japan's epic samurai dramas are in a tight spot

Feb 3, 2016

Japan's epic samurai dramas are in a tight spot

Japanese can roughly be split into two camps: those equipped with an encyclopedic knowledge of history and those who have only a vague idea of who the samurai were or that a Shogun once lived in what is now the Imperial Palace. The history ...

Satoko Yokohama: The girl from Aomori taking on Japan's film industry

Jan 27, 2016

Satoko Yokohama: The girl from Aomori taking on Japan's film industry

The Japanese film industry is one of the most antiquated in the world. Well, that seems to be the general opinion among media pundits here. Those working in film are slaves, enduring terrifically long working hours; budgets are minuscule; old-fashioned apprenticeships still reign; and ...