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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:

'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. ...

'The Girl on the Train' charts a rough ride

/ Nov 16, 2016

'The Girl on the Train' charts a rough ride

Why does modern society assume that all women want the same three things: love, sex and babies? The short answer is, because pop culture has decreed it so. The slightly longer answer is that brilliant female novelists such as Paula Hawkins and Gillian Flynn ...

Jack Reacher returns for mindless action

/ Nov 9, 2016

Jack Reacher returns for mindless action

Tom Cruise probably needs another franchise like he needs a third foot. Nevertheless, here he is in “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” the sequel to the 2012 movie that was so awful it hurt. Now he’s back (even though the second half of the ...