Satoko Yokohama: The girl from Aomori taking on Japan's film industry

Jan 27, 2016

Satoko Yokohama: The girl from Aomori taking on Japan's film industry

The Japanese film industry is one of the most antiquated in the world. Well, that seems to be the general opinion among media pundits here. Those working in film are slaves, enduring terrifically long working hours; budgets are minuscule; old-fashioned apprenticeships still reign; and ...

'Paddington': Can the 'other bear' crack the Japanese market?

Jan 13, 2016

'Paddington': Can the 'other bear' crack the Japanese market?

‘I can’t pinpoint the exact reason, but Paddington remains a somewhat distant character for me.” So wrote teddy bear aficionado Satomi Terakawa in an email interview. Terakawa harbors a lifelong love for stuffed toy bears, and spent 15 years designing and making teddy bears ...

Brutal true story behind 'Moby Dick'

Jan 13, 2016

Brutal true story behind 'Moby Dick'

Finally we can start talking about something other than “the force” and how a guy in New York had his name legally changed to Darth Vader. “In the Heart of the Sea” is opening this weekend, and it’s an adventure story on a whole ...

A golden year for aging stars in film

| Jan 13, 2016

A golden year for aging stars in film

A while back we heard that 50 is the new 30, but Hollywood has gone beyond that, as a whole new reserve corps of talent is emerging to tell us that 70 is the new 35, and that at 60 you’re a mere baby. ...

'The Forest' can't see the woods for the props

| Jan 8, 2016

'The Forest' can't see the woods for the props

Mount Fuji now has worldwide fame thanks to its World Heritage status, but less-known is the fact that some of the surrounding area — specifically the Aokigahara Jukai forest — is a suicide hot spot. This is common knowledge among Japanese, especially those who ...