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Japan's filmmakers expand their idea of overseas opportunity

May 18, 2017

Japan's filmmakers expand their idea of overseas opportunity

The Japanese film industry has long been insular, making films by and for Japanese with little input from, or concern for, the outside world. One reason is that its home market is large — Japanese moviegoers buy more than 100 million tickets annually — ...

Takeda scores a KO in 'Poetry Angel'

/ May 17, 2017

Takeda scores a KO in 'Poetry Angel'

In last week’s review of Yuya Ishii’s “The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue,” I wrote that poetry-based Japanese films are rare — but here seems to be another: Toshimitsu Iizuka’s “Poetry Angel.” One more example and I’ll have a ...

A love story that's overly dense with prose

/ May 10, 2017

A love story that's overly dense with prose

These days, Japanese films are based on everything from novels to game apps, but Yuya Ishii’s “The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue,” which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival this year, is a rare feature inspired by a book ...