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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:

Japan's team spirit remains youthful in anime

Aug 31, 2016

Japan's team spirit remains youthful in anime

The word “seishun” (“youth”) comprises the kanji characters for the words “blue” and “spring,” which connotes the freshness and innocence of those earlier years in life. It’s also the name of a genre of anime and manga. Even as the population ages, seishun manga ...

'Self/Less': Losing oneself in the narrative

/ Aug 31, 2016

'Self/Less': Losing oneself in the narrative

The age of excessive high-tech is a good time to be filthy rich, especially if you happen to be an entitled scoundrel whose level of wealth-fueled egomania makes Scrooge look like a benevolent fuddy-duddy. In “Self/Less,” Ben Kingsley as New York real estate mogul ...

There are some very big issues with 'Little Boy'

Aug 24, 2016

There are some very big issues with 'Little Boy'

Seventy-one years after Japan surrendered in World War II, a taboo in Japan has been broken, or, more precisely, ripped apart. A movie specifically about the U.S-Japan conflict that more than mentions the atomic bombs, directed by Mexico’s Alejandro Monteverde, is opening this weekend. ...

'Lights Out': A cliched glow in the dark

/ Aug 24, 2016

'Lights Out': A cliched glow in the dark

Being afraid of the dark is a familiar childhood anxiety that has exploited in terrifying proportions in the horror genre. “Lights Out” knows how to cash in on the panic that can assail the mind when the lights go out. Bad things happen in ...

Revisit the Showa Era at Jinbocho Theater

| Aug 24, 2016

Revisit the Showa Era at Jinbocho Theater

Jinbocho is one of the last remaining districts in Tokyo that retains a neighborhood feel. Dedicated to books, it has a large cluster of second-hand bookshops and is dotted with ancient coffee shops, including Saboru and Milonga. It’s also known for showing wildly difficult ...

'The Trust': Cage makes a creepy comeback

/ Aug 17, 2016

'The Trust': Cage makes a creepy comeback

These days, two things practically never happen with a movie starring Nicolas Cage: 1) we see his real hairline; 2) it’s actually a good film. Online movie gossip claims Cage is knee-deep in financial trouble, which is why he’s been working like a slave, ...

These women ain't afraid of the 'Ghost-bros'

Aug 10, 2016

These women ain't afraid of the 'Ghost-bros'

Excuse the time-honored phrase, but the new “Ghostbusters” is a whole new ball game. The hype surrounding its U.S. release last month was considerable, and not just because it’s a long-overdue followup of a beloved 1984 Hollywood classic: It has also dared to do ...

'Race': Jesse Owens, the winner against all odds

/ Aug 10, 2016

'Race': Jesse Owens, the winner against all odds

Now that the Olympic Games are underway, it’s a good time to delve into the history of some of the great athletes of the past — in this case, U.S. track-and-field legend Jesse Owens, who astonished the world by winning four gold medals at ...