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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:

'Pixels' is more of an insult than ode to Pac-Man

Sep 2, 2015

'Pixels' is more of an insult than ode to Pac-Man

When you’re a film critic, you are occasionally assailed by one of two overwhelming urges: first, to quit, and second, to punch Adam Sandler in the face. “Pixels” is that rare movie in which both come at once, followed closely by a third urge: ...

Japanese theater group travels to Europe by film

| Sep 2, 2015

Japanese theater group travels to Europe by film

Getting a Japanese film on the international festival circuit isn’t as easy as it sounds — and even more so for “Ao no Ran,” the latest film in the popular Geki×Cine series that fuses stage production with cinema. A major perk of this series ...

Backpacking women take back the mountains

Aug 26, 2015

Backpacking women take back the mountains

If you’ve read Cheryl Strayed’s memoir, “Wild: Lost and Found on the Pacific Crest Trail,” you’ll be familiar with her particular tone: a combination of lyrical feminism and gritty self-help manual. Her book chronicles the three months she spent hiking the United States’ Pacific ...

'The Best of Me' has enough cornball to start a biofuel company

Aug 26, 2015

'The Best of Me' has enough cornball to start a biofuel company

You’ve never known love until you’ve kissed in the pouring rain. I’ve come to believe this is a fact of life after watching one too many movies written by Nicholas Sparks (e.g., “The Notebook” and “Nights in Rodanthe”). Other facts include: You should never ...

Norway's 'Ballet Boys' dive deep into the world of dance

Aug 19, 2015

Norway's 'Ballet Boys' dive deep into the world of dance

The road to becoming a professional athlete is paved with thorns, but there’s more trouble than that awaiting three aspiring male ballet dancers in the Norwegian documentary “Ballet Boys.” Directed by Kenneth Elvebakk, the film examines the lives of teens Lukas, Syvert and Torgeir, ...

Frida Kahlo and the secret life of women's objects

Aug 12, 2015

Frida Kahlo and the secret life of women's objects

Miyako Ishiuchi is one of Japan’s most formidable photographers — a woman who has been passionately interested in women and their bodies for the whole of her 50-year career. At 68 years old, her fascination with the female physique remains intact, but over the ...

Hell is a claustrophobic submarine in 'Black Sea'

Aug 12, 2015

Hell is a claustrophobic submarine in 'Black Sea'

Sometimes a bit of breathless claustrophobia is just the thing to combat a scorching-hot summer (you know, fight panic with panic), and what could be better for that than a submarine thriller? “Black Sea” may have a little daylight, but it’s not light fare ...