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For Mark Schilling's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Is Southeast Asia now Japan's competition?

Dec 14, 2016

Is Southeast Asia now Japan's competition?

Japan is an Asian entertainment powerhouse, is it not? This October’s Japan Contents Showcase, which was held in Tokyo’s Odaiba and Shibuya areas, included markets for film and TV (TIFFCOM), animation (TIAF) and music (TIMM), with 356 Japanese companies selling to 1,539 registered buyers, ...

'The Old Capital': Stuck on the inside of tradition

/ Dec 7, 2016

'The Old Capital': Stuck on the inside of tradition

Kyoto would seem to be the most international city in Japan, if the number of foreign tourists were the only criterion. More than a million visit the city annually, giving the 1.5 million locals, especially ones living and working in and near the major ...

Japanese films dive deep at TIFF, but surface without major awards

Nov 9, 2016

Japanese films dive deep at TIFF, but surface without major awards

The Japanese films at this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival were a varied lot, from the multiplex fare in the Special Screenings and Japan Now sections to the indies in the Japanese Cinema Splash, Competition and Asian Future sections. But only one came away ...

'At the Terrace' offers witty, coarse fun

/ Nov 9, 2016

'At the Terrace' offers witty, coarse fun

“I know that many film fans have an allergy to films based on plays,” writes Kenji Yamauchi on the website for his new film, “At the Terrace” (“At the Terrace: Terasu Nite”). “The never-changing setting and the long conversations bore them.” “Boring,” however, was ...

Tokyo Filmex sharpens its focus

| Nov 9, 2016

Tokyo Filmex sharpens its focus

Is Tokyo Filmex losing its raison d’etre? Opening less than a month after the Tokyo International Film Festival ends, Tokyo Filmex was once the hard-core indie antithesis of the larger, more mainstream TIFF, but the latter is now more welcoming to the kind of ...