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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:

Jersey Boys

Sep 17, 2014

Jersey Boys

Either Clint Eastwood had the flu or he wanted to distance himself from “Jersey Boys” as much as possible while still managing to direct it. Either way, it’s impossible not to sense a certain coldness on the part of Eastwood here — you just ...

Deliver Us From Evil

Sep 17, 2014

Deliver Us From Evil

It used to be that the horrors of the real world marched pretty much in lock step with the horrors being touted by the media — a centuries-old case in point is how the Spanish Inquisition hired professional artists to paint scenes of torture ...

Lost Girl: Season Two

Sep 17, 2014

Lost Girl: Season Two

Language: English Season two of the hit Canadian supernatural series “Lost Girl” is available for streaming on Hulu.jp. If you thought “Sex and the City” was empowering, try this on for size. Weird, hot and sometimes just plain senseless (but in a good way), ...

Frances Ha

Sep 10, 2014

Frances Ha

My mom used to say the trouble with being in your 20′s is not realizing how ridiculous you’re usually behaving. My take on it is that everyone should have periods of ridiculousness as often as possible, or we end up becoming bitter and shriveled ...

Night Train to Lisbon

Sep 10, 2014

Night Train to Lisbon

What does a man do when he wants to make a clean break? Hop on a train to Lisbon. That’s what Swiss professor Raimund Gregorius (Jeremy Irons) does during “Night Train to Lisbon.” One minute he’s walking the chilly streets of Bern, Switzerland, and ...

The Karate Kid (Best Kid)

Sep 10, 2014

The Karate Kid (Best Kid)

Director: Harald Zwart Language: English, Chinese (subtitled in English) This is the 2010 remake of the 1984 mega-hit, now starring Jaden Smith (Will Smith’s son) and Jackie Chan. Dre (Smith) relocates to Beijing with his mom Sherry (Taraji P. Henson). Bullied at his new ...

I, Frankenstein

Sep 3, 2014

I, Frankenstein

Compared with vampires, who always seem to be sleek and sexy, Frankenstein’s monster has had it rough. Those head bolts are one thing, and then there are the leathery scars all over his face and his massive, clunky awkwardness. To make matters worse, while ...

Yves Saint Laurent

Sep 3, 2014

Yves Saint Laurent

One of the most iconic designers of the 20th century, Yves Saint Laurent made a stunning debut at age 21 and seemingly never stopped enthralling the world with his creations. This movie tells us otherwise: Saint Laurent (played by Pierre Niney) had his share ...

Eat Pray Love (Tabete, Inotte, Koi wo shite)

Sep 3, 2014

Eat Pray Love (Tabete, Inotte, Koi wo shite)

Director: Ryan Murphy Language: English, Italian, Portuguese (subtitled in English) Usually I’m wary of movies where privileged first-world women go off on a journey to “find themselves.” This film is based on the best-selling novel by journalist Elizabeth Gilbert, who turned a post-divorce journey ...