'The Lobster' offers a sci-fi solution for 'sexless Japan'

Mar 2, 2016

'The Lobster' offers a sci-fi solution for 'sexless Japan'

Back in the 1990s, an unmarried woman in Japan who was 25 or older might have been called a “Christmas cake.” The term equated them with the seasonal cakes that were sold for half price after Dec. 24, and it contained an explicit warning ...

Takeshi Kitano and the men who watch women sleeping

Feb 24, 2016

Takeshi Kitano and the men who watch women sleeping

An older man, a much younger woman and a mystery that surrounds their relationship — for the Japanese, it’s a familiar story. The woman doesn’t say much, letting her youthful allure and beauty do most of the talking. The man doesn’t say much either; ...

Meryl Streep as a runaway rocker in 'Ricki and the Flash'

Feb 24, 2016

Meryl Streep as a runaway rocker in 'Ricki and the Flash'

It has been seven long years since Jonathan Demme came out with what is popularly known as a “woman’s movie” (don’t say “chick flick” — there’s a difference) with “Rachel Getting Married.” In many ways, “Ricki and the Flash” feels like the sequel to ...

Introducing the complex refugee experience to Japan

Feb 10, 2016

Introducing the complex refugee experience to Japan

The plight of refugees is dauntingly hard to comprehend for the majority of Japanese who have been brought up believing they live in a racially homogeneous nation. (Let’s reserve the falseness of this belief for another story.) Eri Ishikawa, chair of the board of ...