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Will another Miyazaki save Japanese cinema from Hollywood?

| Aug 26, 2015

Will another Miyazaki save Japanese cinema from Hollywood?

In the 1990s, when I was reporting on the Japanese film business for a British trade magazine, big-budget Hollywood movies with splashy special effects dominated the local box office. And the industry consensus was that resistance — in the form of made-in-Japan effects extravaganzas ...

A militaristic turn for the Japanese film industry

Aug 19, 2015

A militaristic turn for the Japanese film industry

Why have Japanese filmmakers recently been turning out so many films about World War II and its aftermath? The obvious answer is that they’re commemorating the 70th anniversary of that war’s end, which was marked on Aug. 15. But there are far fewer new ...

Love blooms like incendiary bombs in 'Kono Kuni no Sora'

Aug 12, 2015

Love blooms like incendiary bombs in 'Kono Kuni no Sora'

Veteran scriptwriter Haruhiko Arai spent three decades trying to adapt Yuichi Takai’s 1983 novel “Kono Kuni no Sora” (“This Country’s Sky”) for the screen — and the wait was worth it. The film, about a 19-year-old girl’s awakening to love and life in the ...

A more complex portrayal of Emperor Hirohito

Aug 5, 2015

A more complex portrayal of Emperor Hirohito

Emperor Hirohito, who is posthumously known as Emperor Showa, had a procession of public images during his long reign from 1926 to 1989 — though none were quite accurate. There was the pre-1945 Emperor — stern and remote on his white horse — who ...

Cannibalism and confusion in live-action 'Attack on Titan'

Aug 5, 2015

Cannibalism and confusion in live-action 'Attack on Titan'

Stories about giants are ancient and universal. It isn’t hard to understand why: Children are born into a world populated by big, lurching terrors with bad breath and enormous teeth — or is that Uncle Frank just trying to be chummy? In Shinji Higuchi’s ...