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Jolie's 'Unbroken' to run in Japan despite nationalist backlash

Oct 23, 2015

Jolie's 'Unbroken' to run in Japan despite nationalist backlash

Angelina Jolie’s wartime-based movie “Unbroken” will finally be shown in Japan over a year after its release despite attempts from nationalists who blasted it as racist to prevent it being screened, a distributor said Thursday. The film, directed by Jolie, which depicts an American ...

Tokyo film festival ups its domestic fare

Oct 22, 2015

Tokyo film festival ups its domestic fare

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The 28th edition of the Tokyo International Film Festival, which began yesterday, is the biggest event on the Japanese film calendar. And like any such event, TIFF has had its share of critics over the years. One frequently heard complaint has been about the ...

Spotlight on Harada films is well-deserved

Oct 22, 2015

Spotlight on Harada films is well-deserved

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Following last year’s embrace of anime and “content,” 2015 sees the Tokyo International Film Festival reassert its credentials as an event, first and foremost, for cineastes. One particularly welcome addition is the new Japan Now section, a roundup of recent and upcoming movies from ...

Female fears at the dead center of J-horror

Oct 21, 2015

Female fears at the dead center of J-horror

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Japan is a scary place. It has inspired masters of horror over three centuries, from Akinari Ueda in the 1700s (“Ugetsu Monogatari”) to Lafcadio Hearn (“Kwaidan”) in the late 1800s, all the way to the 1990s, when Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s “Cure” and Hideo Nakata’s “Ringu” ...

Photographic portal to a secret, bygone world

Oct 14, 2015

Photographic portal to a secret, bygone world

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‘The things happening on Tokyo’s streets are always fascinating to me,” Nobuyoshi Araki told me during an interview in 2012. Though best known for being the maestro of Japanese erotica, Araki has retained a particular love for street photography. Now 75, he still loves ...

The future of comedy looks bleak in 'Galaxy Turnpike'

Oct 14, 2015

The future of comedy looks bleak in 'Galaxy Turnpike'

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Comedy is hard. That’s what many comedians say, at least. Think of Charlie Chaplin filming hundreds of takes per immortal gag. But Koki Mitani — the famously workaholic comic playwright, scriptwriter, director and producer — makes it look easy, with a stupendous number of ...