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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:

The poverty of thought in our welfare systems

Mar 1, 2017

The poverty of thought in our welfare systems

Sometimes I want to look up from whatever I’m doing (usually when I’m staring at a screen) and send up a prayer of thanks that at 81 years old, filmmaker Ken Loach continues to be who he is. “I, Daniel Blake” (“Watashi wa, Daniel ...

'Trainwreck': Amy Schumer crashes onto our screens

/ Mar 1, 2017

'Trainwreck': Amy Schumer crashes onto our screens

A little over two hours — that’s how long the viewer must spend in the company of Amy Schumer as Amy in “Trainwreck,” for which she also wrote the screenplay. That’s a lot of Amy, as the “Amy, Amy, Amy!” of the Japanese title ...

'Man Down': War injuries go beyond the battlefield

/ Feb 22, 2017

'Man Down': War injuries go beyond the battlefield

‘Man Down” is an indictment of war, and its message is one that focuses on its terrible lingering consequences — specifically, veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). With many ending up homeless, suffering mental difficulties or becoming suicidal, PTSD is a real issue. ...

Historical truths can take decades to unearth

Feb 15, 2017

Historical truths can take decades to unearth

Journalist Eidai Hayashi is battling cancer. At 83 years old, he can barely keep hold of his fountain pen, since the pain has spread to every part of his body. “I quit chemotherapy, though I know the cancer is just going to spread and ...

'Cell': Sometimes it's better to just hang up

/ Feb 15, 2017

'Cell': Sometimes it's better to just hang up

After seeing “Cell” I wanted to call my grandmother who, with the emergence of the world’s first iPhone in June of 2007, predicted the end of civilization as we know it. Five months later she passed away, and some of my cousins whispered that ...

'Free State of Jones': One white man vs. the Confederacy

/ Feb 8, 2017

'Free State of Jones': One white man vs. the Confederacy

Under current circumstances, it’s a good time to think about freedom and its hefty price tag. “Free State of Jones” takes a long, hard look at the American Civil War and the Confederacy’s economic system that thrived on slavery and taking from the poor ...

'Tangerine': The fruitful use of smartphones

Feb 1, 2017

'Tangerine': The fruitful use of smartphones

Tammy Wynette sang it so it must be true: “Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman.” In the case of Los Angeles-based transgender sex workers Alexandra (Mya Taylor) and Sin-Dee (Kitana Kiki Rodriguez) in “Tangerine,” the hardships are doubled as they deal with the ...