Matthew Hernon

For Matthew Hernon's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

High infidelity: Ayumi Ito reprises her role in 'Hirugao'

Jun 6, 2017

High infidelity: Ayumi Ito reprises her role in 'Hirugao'

A Japanese drama that instigated a nationwide debate about female infidelity and societal values, “Hirugao: Love Affairs in the Afternoon” has been made into a heart-wrenching movie that aims to have audiences reaching for the tissues.Set three years after the television series ended, the ...

Eddie Izzard proves an irresistible force on tour

Feb 19, 2017

Eddie Izzard proves an irresistible force on tour

To many fans of comedy, the first thing that comes to mind when you mention Eddie Izzard is his cross-dressing. However, if you dig deeper you will find one of Britain’s most intelligent comedians.Born to British parents in the colony of Aden (now Yemen) ...

Mugi Kadowaki's manga musical tackles love in the time of AI

Jan 8, 2017

Mugi Kadowaki's manga musical tackles love in the time of AI

As an actress, Mugi Kadowaki has been asked to step outside of her comfort zone more than once. Maybe that is how she has found herself currently starring in her first-ever musical.The 24-year-old Tokyo-native plays Satoru, the lead male character in Philippe Decoufle’s musical ...

Ishizaki switches guitars for scripts in his on-screen debut

Dec 8, 2016

Ishizaki switches guitars for scripts in his on-screen debut

Making his on-screen debut in Daigo Matsui’s multistranded, disorderly and, at times, moving film “Japanese Girls Never Die” (“Azumi Harako wa Yukie Fumei”), singer Huwie Ishizaki admits that he was nervous prior to stepping in front of the cameras. The 32-year-old solo artist is ...

Takumi Saitoh: Growing up with film

Oct 3, 2016

Takumi Saitoh: Growing up with film

As a former model and in-demand actor, it’s no surprise that Takumi Saitoh has a sizeable fan base. A Google image search of the Tokyo native produces a large number of photos in which his smoldering gaze locks eyes with the viewer.The 35-year-old may ...

Actress Nanami weighs the pros and cons of going it alone

Sep 8, 2016

Actress Nanami weighs the pros and cons of going it alone

It has been estimated that around 1 in 10 actors are working at any given moment. For the other nine, that can make for a constant hustle — a Woody Allen character once described the film industry as being “worse than dog-eat-dog, it’s dog-doesn’t-return-other-dogs-phone-calls.”Japan ...