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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:

Van Sant plots a bleak hike through Aokigahara

Apr 27, 2016

Van Sant plots a bleak hike through Aokigahara

At least Arthur Brennan didn’t want sushi, an AKB48 concert or a night out on the town with a maiko (trainee geisha) on his arm. As Japan’s ranking soars on the international travelers’ destination lists, the more cliched their itineraries seem to get. But ...

Noma My Perfect Storm: Pierre Deschamps serves food for thought

Apr 27, 2016

Noma My Perfect Storm: Pierre Deschamps serves food for thought

Over the past decade or so, the demand and expectations of high-end restaurants around the world have gone up, with more people interested in enjoying quality or unusual culinary experiences. This might seem a bit rich coming after the United Nations declared in 2009 ...

‘Spotlight’: a beacon for investigative journalism

Apr 13, 2016

‘Spotlight’: a beacon for investigative journalism

In 1976 the film “All the President’s Men” portrayed the true story of Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward (Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford) uncovering the Watergate Scandal. It wasn’t the first time in cinema that journalists took center stage, but it ...

'45 Years': When love is lost but can never be forgotten

Apr 6, 2016

'45 Years': When love is lost but can never be forgotten

As divorce rates rise in most of the industrialized world, being with the same partner for 45 years these days calls for a major celebration (perhaps a medal would be more in order), which is exactly what Kate (Charlotte Rampling) and Geoff (Tom Courtenay) ...

'Cop Car': Joy-riding with dire consequences

Apr 6, 2016

'Cop Car': Joy-riding with dire consequences

Do you smell the Bacon? You should: The smoke from the griddle is all over the place in this sweaty-palm inducing neo-noir by Jon Watts (who is slated to direct the next “Spiderman”). Kevin Bacon stars as a scary mustachioed bad cop who gives new ...

Keanu Reeves' concoction of 'The Whole Truth'

Mar 30, 2016

Keanu Reeves' concoction of 'The Whole Truth'

The American judicial system may not have its finest hour in “The Whole Truth” but the film is nonetheless a gripping 90-minute courtroom drama that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The film is unflattering to lawyers and unkind to witnesses — ...

A terrible film saved by the dog

Mar 30, 2016

A terrible film saved by the dog

One of the two stars I gave this film is to honor the combined team of Terry Jones, the director and co-writer (and former member of Monty Python), and Simon Pegg, the star who is never out of a single frame. Actually, make that ...