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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:

'Stonewall': We need to talk about Danny

/ Dec 28, 2016

'Stonewall': We need to talk about Danny

“Stonewall” is a bit of a head-scratcher. A fictional account of the 1969 Stonewall riots — a series of events that subsequently triggered the gay rights movement in America — it’s directed by Hollywood’s resident disaster-movie specialist, Roland Emmerich (“Independence Day,” “The Day After ...

Finding courage and hope in 2016

Dec 21, 2016

Finding courage and hope in 2016

The Year of the Monkey is drawing to a close. Despite the events in the real world, this year at least brought us some soulful films. Perhaps the filmmakers wanted to prepare us for the impending yuckiness of future reality. Still, my picks for ...

'Don't Breathe': To rob someone blind has its payback

/ Dec 14, 2016

'Don't Breathe': To rob someone blind has its payback

‘Don’t Breathe” is another in a line of horror movies that confirm my belief that when it comes to scary tales, it’s like burgers: Low-budget is best. When you add fancy trimmings to make them swanky, bam! — the authenticity goes out the window. ...

'Freeheld' stirs talk of minority rights in Japan

Nov 30, 2016

'Freeheld' stirs talk of minority rights in Japan

What’s wrong with gay marriage? Absolutely nothing, as the United States finally acknowledged in 2015. Up until then, however, gay people had to fight for the same rights that heterosexual couples took for granted. “Freeheld” is a testament to that struggle, recounting the story ...

'Florence Foster Jenkins': Not quite a nightingale

/ Nov 30, 2016

'Florence Foster Jenkins': Not quite a nightingale

‘Florence Foster Jenkins” is a fairy tale of glorious optimism and unclouded love. The titular lady (a real-life New York heiress and socialite during the 1940s) goes chasing after her dream of becoming an opera singer with a mountain of passion but zero talent. ...