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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:

Historical truths can take decades to unearth

Feb 15, 2017

Historical truths can take decades to unearth

Journalist Eidai Hayashi is battling cancer. At 83 years old, he can barely keep hold of his fountain pen, since the pain has spread to every part of his body. “I quit chemotherapy, though I know the cancer is just going to spread and ...

'Cell': Sometimes it's better to just hang up

Feb 15, 2017

'Cell': Sometimes it's better to just hang up

After seeing “Cell” I wanted to call my grandmother who, with the emergence of the world’s first iPhone in June of 2007, predicted the end of civilization as we know it. Five months later she passed away, and some of my cousins whispered that ...

'Free State of Jones': One white man vs. the Confederacy

Feb 8, 2017

'Free State of Jones': One white man vs. the Confederacy

Under current circumstances, it’s a good time to think about freedom and its hefty price tag. “Free State of Jones” takes a long, hard look at the American Civil War and the Confederacy’s economic system that thrived on slavery and taking from the poor ...

'Tangerine': The fruitful use of smartphones

Feb 1, 2017

'Tangerine': The fruitful use of smartphones

Tammy Wynette sang it so it must be true: “Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman.” In the case of Los Angeles-based transgender sex workers Alexandra (Mya Taylor) and Sin-Dee (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) in “Tangerine,” the hardships are doubled as they deal with the ...

The unglamorous side to a model lifestyle

Jan 25, 2017

The unglamorous side to a model lifestyle

Fun facts: As of December 2016, the average rent for an apartment in New York was $3,046. The rent for a 23-sq.-meter unit at a micro-apartment that went up in Kips Bay last year comes to $2,570, according to 6sqft.com. Then there’s Mark Reay, ...

'Suffragette': The strength of women

Jan 25, 2017

'Suffragette': The strength of women

Believe it or not, “Suffragette” is the first feature film out of Britain to focus exclusively on the suffragette movement. What took the country so long? Completed last year, it has finally made it to Japan, and in the light of all that’s happening ...

Helen Pankhurst: The suffragettes were just the beginning

| Jan 25, 2017

Helen Pankhurst: The suffragettes were just the beginning

As women march to protest Donald Trump’s presidency and “Suffragette” is released in Japan, the words of Helen Pankhurst, activist and British suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst’s great-granddaughter, should resonate with many filmgoers. “It’s actually pretty wonderful to see your own great-grandmother in a movie,” says ...

New Year's festivities in Japan ain't what they used to be

| Jan 23, 2017

New Year's festivities in Japan ain't what they used to be

For one thing, it’s too warm. Back in mid-century Tokyo, お正月 (o-Shōgatsu, New Year’s Day) used to be so cold, according to my grandmother, that peoples’ laundry froze on the 物干し竿 (monohoshizao, bamboo drying pole). ちなみに (chinami ni, by the way), 2016 was the ...