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Japanese 'Star Wars' fans get ready for a new adventure

Dec 17, 2015

Japanese 'Star Wars' fans get ready for a new adventure

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It’s become a bit of trivia among “Star Wars” fans that creator George Lucas allegedly took inspiration from both the term jidai geki (historical drama) when creating the word “jedi” and Akira Kurosawa’s film “The Hidden Fortress.” Those aren’t the only Japanese references in ...

Kiki Sugino: 'I'm always looking for myself'

Dec 16, 2015

Kiki Sugino: 'I'm always looking for myself'

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Kiki Sugino has a one-of-a-kind resume in the domestic movie business. Many are the young “multi-talents” who act, sing and model, but most are recruited, molded and marketed by an agency. From the start, this 31-year-old actor, director and producer took a more independent ...

'Life' tears down the myth of James Dean

Dec 16, 2015

'Life' tears down the myth of James Dean

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If you’re reading this and not some rogue, jump-the-gun review of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” it means you and I are friends forever. This is the day — 24 hours before the opening of the latest chapter in the “Star Wars” franchise — ...

Domestic film industry focuses inwards at its own peril

Dec 9, 2015

Domestic film industry focuses inwards at its own peril

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The Japanese film industry released 615 films last year, according to the Motion Picture Producers Association of Japan. That figure may include glorified student productions and dressed-up pornography, but is still substantial by any measure. Relatively few of those films, however, are sold abroad. ...

'Comet' is not your typical feel-good love story

Dec 9, 2015

'Comet' is not your typical feel-good love story

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A personal theory of mine is that all relationships are phases we go through. Though not all phases are equal — some are more memorable than others. To Kimberly (Emmy Rossum) and Dell (Justin Long) in “Comet,” their relationship was a long, incredibly eventful ...