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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:

Opinions aren't split on Shyamalan's comeback

/ May 10, 2017

Opinions aren't split on Shyamalan's comeback

I’ve always had a soft spot for M. Night Shyamalan, even despite the fact that he has made a total of two truly successful films — “The Sixth Sense” (1999) and “Unbreakable” (2000) — over the course of his over-20-year career. The rest of ...

Woody Allen learns a new trick for 'Cafe Society'

/ May 3, 2017

Woody Allen learns a new trick for 'Cafe Society'

If you were led blindfolded into a cinema and unaware of what movie you were seeing, I still think that if it was a Woody Allen film, within 20 minutes you’d know it. The Brooklyn native makes movies that are stamped with his own ...

Fashion's night at the museum

| Apr 13, 2017

Fashion's night at the museum

“The First Monday in May” opens April 15 at the Bunkamura Le Cinema Theater in Tokyo’s trendy Shibuya Ward (the Japanese title is “Metto Gara, Doresu o Matotta Bijutsukan”). It’s a documentary about a Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition titled “China: Through the Looking ...

When the talent gets religious

| Apr 6, 2017

When the talent gets religious

“Ankoku Joshi” is a murder mystery involving six pretty JK (slang for joshi kosei, high school girls)” who all have something to hide. The film’s title literally means “pitch black girls,” which pretty much explains their characters’ personalities in what soon becomes a grisly ...

'Samurai Gourmet' explores the art of the meal

Apr 6, 2017

'Samurai Gourmet' explores the art of the meal

In the first episode of Japan’s latest contribution to original Netflix programming, “Samurai Gourmet,” Takeshi Kasumi enters a small teishoku (set meal) joint and grapples over whether to have a beer with lunch. Inspired by an imaginary samurai, he gets one. That’s it. For ...