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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:

Murakami may never win the Nobel Prize — and that's OK

Oct 15, 2016

Murakami may never win the Nobel Prize — and that's OK

In early 2015, Haruki Murakami began an advice column on his blog called “Murakami-san no Tokoro” (“Mr. Murakami’s Place”). In it, the famed author replied to questions sent in by his readers. “So what do you think of the annual fuss surrounding the Nobel ...

'Hungry Hearts' to broken hearts

/ Oct 12, 2016

'Hungry Hearts' to broken hearts

For many people, a conversation about what foods are good for you opposed to what isn’t is as familiar as a pair of socks that’s been through the washer too often. By my calculations, a loving couple can argue just as much over food ...

Tsukiji: Still a fish in troubled waters

Oct 5, 2016

Tsukiji: Still a fish in troubled waters

Director Naotaro Endo first started filming “Tsukiji Wonderland” in 2014, and it had been partly intended as a farewell to Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market, which faces a makeover and move after serving sellers and buyers for 80 years. When the film was made, the market ...

'Genius': The wordsmith who shaped Wolfe

/ Oct 5, 2016

'Genius': The wordsmith who shaped Wolfe

Once upon a time, the word “genius” made us think not the help counter in an Apple Store but of people of incredible intellect who accomplished amazing things and relied on nothing more than their brains and bare hands. This “Genius” transports us back ...

Swedish silent movies worth talking about

| Oct 5, 2016

Swedish silent movies worth talking about

The National Film Center has collaborated with the Swedish Film Institute to put together a silent-film festival, which kicks off on Oct. 11 and runs until Oct. 16. Screening seven re-mastered classics, “Silent Film Renaissance 2016: Treasures From the Archive of the Swedish Film ...

'Sully': Ditching the plane to save lives

/ Sep 28, 2016

'Sully': Ditching the plane to save lives

For a while I thought Harrison Ford should run for U.S. president, but now I’m convinced Tom Hanks is the one, with Clint Eastwood as secretary of state. The two have teamed up for “Sully” (Eastwood directing and Hanks as the titular character), the ...

'Seymour: An Introduction': For the love of music and its craft

/ Sep 21, 2016

'Seymour: An Introduction': For the love of music and its craft

Watching the quiet, classical-music-infused “Seymour: An Introduction” made me recall another film about a musician: the jazz drama “Whiplash,” which made a lot of splashes and won three Oscars. The two may be completely different experiences, yet the films seem to play off each ...

Love beyond the laws of physics and nature

Sep 14, 2016

Love beyond the laws of physics and nature

“Correspondence” (also known as “La Corrispondenza”) is the kind of romance the Japanese have traditionally loved to love — two people locked in a relationship that barely exists. In this scheme of things, physical remoteness offsets but strengthens an emotional connection. It’s a concept ...

'The BFG': With an emphasis on the friendly

/ Sep 14, 2016

'The BFG': With an emphasis on the friendly

The Japanese have never really warmed to the stories of Roald Dahl, with the exception of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Even then, they’re probably not thinking of Dahl, it’s more about Johnny Depp and the Wonka Chocolate bars sold at most high-end supermarkets ...

Asakusa: in the glow of Nippon kitsch

Sep 10, 2016

Asakusa: in the glow of Nippon kitsch

Every once in a while, the Japanese have to remind themselves that they’re Japanese. We feel the need to reconfirm that we are part of a long and enduring traditional culture — one which includes kimono, samurai, ninja, eels on rice, and other weird ...