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War in the jungle and war in Japan

Jul 22, 2015

War in the jungle and war in Japan

Actor and director Shinya Tsukamoto often takes violence to strange extremes. In his first film, the 1989 horror “Tetsuo” (“Tetsuo: The Iron Man”), a businessman accidentally kills a crazed metal fetishist (played by Tsukamoto himself) with his car and, becoming “infected” by his victim, ...

A second look at bloody WWII novel 'Fires on the Plain'

Jul 22, 2015

A second look at bloody WWII novel 'Fires on the Plain'

Japanese war films typically frame themselves as anti-war, even when they glorify the sacrifices made by brave Japanese boys in defense of the homeland, as in the 2013 hit “Eien no Zero” (“The Eternal Zero”). Kon Ichikawa’s 1959 war film “Nobi” (“Fires on the ...

Hayao Miyazaki cleans up Japan

| Jul 15, 2015

Hayao Miyazaki cleans up Japan

Rich, famous, semi-retired people commonly take up good causes (based on whatever they define as “good”), but animation maestro Hayao Miyazaki does things differently. Instead of penning an op-ed or speaking at a rally, he recently invited members of the The Foreign Correspondents’ Club ...

Mass murder and Sion Sono

Jul 8, 2015

Mass murder and Sion Sono

A disturbed individual kills, and the media searches for reasons why. Sometimes, the killer obligingly cites a pop culture phenomenon as inspiration. Mark David Chapman, the man who shot John Lennon, saw himself as the living embodiment of Holden Caulfield, the hero of J.D. ...

Slowing a spiral of negativity in Mipo Oh's 'Being Good'

Jun 24, 2015

Slowing a spiral of negativity in Mipo Oh's 'Being Good'

When I was a student teacher at an elementary school in Livonia, Michigan, I saw some things that shocked me. Once I watched a male teacher grabbing a disruptive fourth-grader by the neck and forcing his head toward the floor, while pouring out a ...